A step in the right direction? Change in mental well-being and self-reported work performance among physically inactive university employees during a walking intervention

Thøgersen-Ntoumani, Cecilie and Loughren, Elizabeth A and Taylor, Ian M and Duda, Joan L and Fox, Kenneth R (2014) A step in the right direction? Change in mental well-being and self-reported work performance among physically inactive university employees during a walking intervention. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 7 (2). pp. 89-94. ISSN 1755-2966

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Abstract

Objective To examine well-being and work performance changes accompanying participation in a 16-week uncontrolled feasibility lunchtime walking trial. Method Participants were 75 (92% female; M age = 47.68) previously physically inactive non-academic employees from a large British university. Multilevel modelling analyses examined well-being and work performance trajectories from baseline to post-intervention, to four months later, controlling for group membership and trait affectivity. Results Increases in perceptions of health, subjective vitality, and work performance, and decreases in fatigue at work were observed. Changes were sustained four months after the end of the intervention. No changes were identified for enthusiasm, nervousness and relaxation at work. Conclusion Although this was a relatively small uncontrolled feasibility trial, the results suggest that participation in a walking programme may be associated with sustainable well-being benefits and improvements in perceptions of work performance.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Physical activity; Job affect; Enthusiasm;Subjective vitality; Fatigue
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport & Exercise
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2014 14:07
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2017 13:30
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1088

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