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Physical Activity Levels at Work and Leisure Among Kindergarten Workers
Science Journal of Public Health
Volume 4, Issue 3, May 2016, Pages: 147-154
Received: Feb. 1, 2016; Accepted: Apr. 1, 2016; Published: Apr. 25, 2016
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Pål Lagestad, Department of Sport and Physical Education, North University, Levanger, Norway
Karin Kippe, Department of Sport and Physical Education, North University, Levanger, Norway
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Background: The low percentage of adults fulfilling the health recommendations standard of physical activity in Norway and in countries all over the world, is a major concern. The study examine how physical activity during work hours contributes to physical activity among kindergarten workers, and how these workers estimate their physical activity level. Methods: Accelerometers were used for seven days to derive percentages of time spent in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) among forty-six randomly selected kindergarten workers in Norway. A questionnaire was used to measure the subjects’ estimation of their own activity. Results: The study found that kindergarten workers achieved 57% of their MVPA during work on work days and 44% of their weekly MVPA through their work. Furthermore, the subjects underestimated their own MVPA during work, but not during leisure. Conclusion and recommendations: The results suggest that physically active work may be a major arena for daily physical activity, and that workers in physically active professions may be unaware of the positive outcomes regarding the contribution of work time to the daily MVPA level. The results point to the importance of making people aware of the positive outcome of physically demanding professions in relaton to fulfill the physical activity reccomendation.
Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity, Work Time, Health Recommendation, Estimation
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Pål Lagestad, Karin Kippe, Physical Activity Levels at Work and Leisure Among Kindergarten Workers, Science Journal of Public Health. Vol. 4, No. 3, 2016, pp. 147-154. doi: 10.11648/j.sjph.20160403.12
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