Physical inactivity at work may increase the risk of heart disease and obesity, among other conditions, but a recent study finds only low-quality or inconclusive evidence of the effectiveness of interventions aiming to reduce sitting time at work.
The study, published in the Cochrane Library, examined eight different interventions including the use of sit-stand desks, computer prompts, walking during breaks, information and counseling to sit less, and mindfulness training.
The findings of the study were:
- A sit-stand desk did decrease sitting time by 113 minutes each work day; and this occurred with or without information counselling. However, the evidence is of very “low” quality.
- Walking during breaks did not considerably decrease sitting time.
- Computer prompting produced mixed results; in one study, it helped reduce sitting, but in another, it did not.
The study pointed out that high-quality research is needed to properly evaluate such interventions, and that other measures could prove to be more effective.
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