Effect of a 5-Month Worksite Physical Activity Program on Tertiary Employees Overall Health and Fitness

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Abstract

Objective:

This pilot study questions the effects of a worksite physical activity program on health and fitness in tertiary employees.

Methods:

Ninety-five employees were randomly assigned to Control (CON); Novice (NOV); Experienced group (EXP). The NOV and EXP groups followed a 5-month worksite physical activity program (at least two sessions/week). Body composition, physical activity level and physical fitness, eating habits, health perception, sleep quality, pain, and quality of life were assessed.

Results:

Fat mass decreased in NOV and EXP; the distance covered during the 6-minute walking test, push-ups, squat jump increased for NOV and EXP group. Physical activity level, health perception, quality of sleep, and eating habits were improved in NOV.

Conclusion:

This study underlines for the first time the beneficial effects of such worksite programs among tertiary employees on overall health and the feasibility of its design.

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