Temporal dynamics of sitting behavior at work

Ten Broeke, P. and Olthof, M. and Beckers, D.G.J. and Hopkins, N.D. and Graves, L.E.F. and Carter, S.E. and Cochrane, M. and Gavin, D. and Morris, A.S. and Lichtwarck-Aschoff, A. and Geurts, S.A.E. and Thijssen, D.H.J. and Bijleveld, E. (2020) Temporal dynamics of sitting behavior at work. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 117 (26). pp. 14883-14889. ISSN 0027-8424

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Sitting for prolonged periods of time impairs people's health. Prior research has mainly investigated sitting behavior on an aggregate level, for example, by analyzing total sitting time per day. By contrast, taking a dynamic approach, here we conceptualize sitting behavior as a continuous chain of sit-to-stand and stand-to-sit transitions. We use multilevel time-to-event analysis to analyze the timing of these transitions. We analyze ∼30,000 objectively measured posture transitions from 156 people during work time. Results indicate that the temporal dynamics of sit-to-stand transitions differ from stand-to-sit transitions, and that people are quicker to switch postures later in the workday, and quicker to stand up after having been more active in the recent hours. We found no evidence for associations with physical fitness. Altogether, these findings provide insights into the origins of people's stand-up and sit-down decisions, show that sitting behavior is fundamentally different from exercise behavior, and provide pointers for the development of interventions.

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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?? fatigueoccupational healthsedentary behaviorsurvival analysistime-to-event analysisgeneral ??
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22 Jan 2021 13:40
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