Changes in work affect in response to lunchtime walking in previously physically inactive employees: A randomised trial

Thøgersen-Ntoumani, Cecilie and Loughren, Elizabeth A and Kinnafick, Florence-Emilie and Taylor, Ian M and Duda, Joan L and Fox, Kenneth R (2015) Changes in work affect in response to lunchtime walking in previously physically inactive employees: A randomised trial. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 25 (6). pp. 778-787. ISSN 0905-7188

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Abstract

Physical activity may regulate affective experiences at work, but controlled studies are needed and there has been a reliance on retrospective accounts of experience. The purpose of the present study was to examine the effect of lunchtime walks on momentary work affect at the individual and group levels. Physically inactive employees (N = 56; M age = 47.68; 92.86% female) from a large university in the UK were randomized to immediate treatment or delayed treatment (DT). The DT participants completed both a control and intervention period. During the intervention period, participants partook in three weekly 30-min lunchtime group-led walks for 10 weeks. They completed twice daily affective reports at work (morning and afternoon) using mobile phones on two randomly chosen days per week. Multilevel modeling was used to analyze the data. Lunchtime walks improved enthusiasm, relaxation, and nervousness at work, although the pattern of results differed depending on whether between-group or within-person analyses were conducted. The intervention was effective in changing some affective states and may have broader implications for public health and workplace performance.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Well-being; physical activity; intervention; ecological momentary assessment; workplace; United Kingdom
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA773 Personal health and hygiene including clothing, bathing, exercise, travel, nutrition, sleep, sex hygiene
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Computing and Applied Sciences > School of Sport & Exercise
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2014 13:38
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2016 11:27
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1105

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