sit less and walk more a route for healthier aging and increased wellbeing
Download
Skip this Video
Download Presentation
Sit less and walk more- a route for healthier aging and increased wellbeing

Loading in 2 Seconds...

play fullscreen
1 / 19

Sit less and walk more- a route for healthier aging and increased wellbeing - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 96 Views
  • Uploaded on

Tweet: # sitless. Sit less and walk more- a route for healthier aging and increased wellbeing. Professor Nanette Mutrie Chair of Physical Activity for Health Director of Physical Activity for Health Research Centre PAHRC www.ed.ac.uk /education/ pahrc Dr Liz Such

loader
I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
capcha
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about ' Sit less and walk more- a route for healthier aging and increased wellbeing' - hansel


An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript
sit less and walk more a route for healthier aging and increased wellbeing

Tweet: #sitless

Sit less and walk more-a route for healthier aging and increased wellbeing

Professor Nanette Mutrie

Chair of Physical Activity for Health

Director of Physical Activity for Health Research Centre

PAHRC www.ed.ac.uk/education/pahrc

Dr Liz Such

Lecturer in Leisure and Sport Policy

o verview
Overview
  • Background
  • Tasks involved
  • Quantitative results
  • Qualitative results
  • Conclusions
background
Background
  • Emerging evidence that too much sitting down time is:
    • Bad for health
    • Independent of how much physical activity the person does
  • Important for ageing population and wellbeing
  • Many current jobs are sedentary
key relevant policy areas
Key relevant policy areas
  • National Policy Framework. Two National Indicators for health:
    • Increase physical activity
    • Improve mental wellbeing
  • Vision 2020:
    • “by 2020 everyone is able to live longer healthier lives at home, or in a homely setting”
  • Social Care Bill:
    • ensuring dignity and security in old age
  • Let’s Make Scotland More Active
    • and the 2009 review of this policy
aims of our fellowship
Aims of our Fellowship
  • Engage with the parliament workforce on
    • ‘sitting less and walking more’
  • First
    • by raising awareness of the issue of ‘sitting down time’
  • Second
    • by personal engagement with volunteers who wanted to ‘sit less and walk more’ during the working day
    • this took the form of a 4 week ‘project’
tasks involved
Tasks involved
  • Meetings and briefing to raise awareness
    • ~50 people in total
  • Blog providing regular info and discussion:
    • over 600 views/260 visitors during project
  • Personal engagement for those interested
    • review of physical activity and sitting time
    • Use of pedometer to monitor activity during work day
  • Invitation event–TODAY!
  • Report to Beltane
meetings and greetings
Meetings and greetings
  • 6 briefing meetings in groups of 3-20
    • [n= 50]
  • 35 individuals were interested in personal change
  • 20 people have completed the 4 week ‘project’ to date
  • 13 people have completed a more in depth interview
what we asked people to do
What we asked people to do
  • Wear a pedometer for a ‘baseline’ week
  • Decide on whether or not behaviour change needed
  • Try new ways of working that involved ‘sitting less and walking more’ for 3 weeks
  • Return results sheets to Nanette
  • Complete an interview with Liz
some quantitative results
Some quantitative results

An increase of

~300 steps /day

Paired t-test =2.9 (17), p<0.01

additional information
Additional information
  • Step count recorded during working day
    • Lowest 620
    • Highest 8,320
  • Ironically
    • the days when parliament ‘sitting’ created most activity!
top tips
Top tips
  • Use stairs rather than lift
  • Leave desk at regular intervals
  • Get outside for a breath of fresh air
  • Speak directly to colleagues
  • Do not eat lunch at desk
  • Use distant water coolers, printers, photocopiers and toilets
issues
Issues
  • For women
    • Wearing the pedometer
    • Solved by new generation pedometers
  • Differing number of working hours/day
  • Working at home days observed to be very sedentary
initial qualitative findings themes
Initial qualitative findings: themes
  • Explored participants’ experiences and thoughts on the project
  • Examined participants’ attitudes towards sedentariness and physical activity at work
  • Looked at enablers and constrainers - physical and cultural
1 experience of the project
1. Experience of the project
  • Overall enthusiasm
  • Pedometers useful – objective measure
  • Raised awareness about activity and inactivity
  • Encouraged behaviour change, certainly in the short-term
  • Encouraged reflection on the structure and culture of work and how that interacted with personal choice and action in relation to physical (in)activity
2 attitudes
2. Attitudes
  • General frustration with ‘desk-bound’ existence
  • Difficult to build-in activity
  • Dependent on role – some more active than others
  • Blame technology
  • Broad recognition of need to be more physically active generally and specifically
3 enablers and constrainers
3. Enablers and constrainers
  • The physical environment:
    • Parliament building
    • Holyrood area
  • The cultural environment:
    • Desk presenteeism
    • Interruption
    • ‘Closing’ open spaces – related to ‘siloism’, confidence
    • Meetings – sitting, long
paul grice ceo scottish parliament
Paul Grice, CEO Scottish Parliament

"I think there is a culture of sitting, and I haven’t really given it deep thought as to why that would be. An obvious one, there’s chairs everywhere! And we’re sitting now. It’s a comfortable, relaxing, informal way of doing things, if we were to stand up right now, we would both I think feel a little more formal about it. … But I think it is an area that could and should be addressed, and I think the way to do that would be perhaps to pilot it more formally [standing meetings] and invite a couple of teams just to try it and then let us know how did it feel …

Depending on what comes out of your study, I’d be willing to have a further look at that … maybe get a couple of teams that have been part of this, just to say well would you like to experiment a bit with that and come back with your thoughts”

http sitless wordpress com
http://sitless.wordpress.com/
  • Blog – please add comments and questions
  • Tweet using #sitless
conclusions
Conclusions
  • For most people the working day is more sedentary than active
  • Modest changes to working practice can alter that
  • The parliamentary volunteers have suggested some ‘top tips’ that could help any workforce
    • ‘sit less and walk more’
ad