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Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Department of Health Sciences
Purpose: To observe the effects of the walking workstation on work productivity (mouse clicking and typing test) and selected physiological variables (weight, resting blood pressure (BP), resting heart rate (HR), body mass index (BMI) body composition, and glycosylated hemoglobin (HgA1c)). Methods: Eight sedentary university workers (42.4 + 13 yr, 73.9 ± 10.6 kg) completed an eight week intervention incorporating the walking workstation into their normal day. Subject access to the workstations was not restricted; there was no time requirement for use. All subjects completed and submitted weekly logs of the time and speed the workstation was used. Measurements were tested at the beginning and end of the eight weeks. Work productivity variables were also measured in the middle of study. Results: Although slight reductions were found in average BP (SBP: 6.3 + 4.17mmHg, DBP: 3.0 + 2.39mmHg), weight (0.86 + 0.71kg), BMI (0.13 + 0.22kg/m2), and percent body fat (0.05 + 0.40) these changes were not significantly different (p>0.05). No significant (p=0.70) differences were found on the corrected typing percent based on body position (standing or walking) or test session (pre, mid, post). A significant increase (p=0.023) was found from pre to post mouse clicking speed. However, no significant difference was found between test session and body position on mouse clicking speed. Conclusions: The walking workstation did not hinder work productivity. If workstation use was consistent and long term, the walking workstation has the potential to improve physiological variables.
Lytle, Tracey, "The effects of the walking workstation on work productivity and selected physiological measurements" (2011). Masters Theses. 264.