Beneficial effects of physical activity in the office on workplace productivity

Kumika Seki, Toshiharu Ikaga, Koji Tanaka, Hiroaki Takai, Takuro Kikuchi, Kitoshi Tanaka, Megumi Nishida, Mikako Nishimura

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Abstract

Improvements in workplace productivity at the office offer significant benefits to companies. The time spent in the sitting position has increased currently, and this sedentary position has negative impacts on health. Thus, to promote the health of workers and improve workplace productivity, it is important to encourage physical activity in the office. In this study, we conducted an experiment in the fall of 2016. We divided participants into two groups. In the first group, participants sat at their desks and took breaks while sitting; in the second group, participants walked on a stepper and took breaks while standing. We found that the sympathetic nervous system was activated during work after physical activity. The questionnaire showed that participants who took a break involving physical activity were less likely to complain of fatigue and drowsiness. In addition, the working efficiency for tasks involving idea generation improved after physical activity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication15th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate, INDOOR AIR 2018
PublisherInternational Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate
ISBN (Electronic)9781713826514
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event15th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate, INDOOR AIR 2018 - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: 2018 Jul 222018 Jul 27

Publication series

Name15th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate, INDOOR AIR 2018

Conference

Conference15th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate, INDOOR AIR 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia
Period18/7/2218/7/27

Keywords

  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Physical activity
  • Workplace productivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution

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