The potential of bike desks to reduce sedentary time in the office: a mixed-method study

Torbeyns, T., De Geus, B., Bailey, Stephen, Decroix, L., and Meeusen, R. (2017) The potential of bike desks to reduce sedentary time in the office: a mixed-method study. Public Health, 144. pp. 16-22.

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Objectives: To investigate the use of bike desks in an office setting and office workers' experiences of bike desks.

Study design: Mixed-method study; quantitative data of cycling desk use in combination with qualitative data of users' experience were obtained via questionnaires.

Methods: Bike desks were provided in an office setting during a five-month period. The amount of cycled time, distance and the cycling intensity were registered. At the end of the intervention period, participants filled out a questionnaire about their experiences of cycling desks in the office.

Results: Participants cycled for approximately 98 min/week. Most participants were very positive about their bike desk experience and almost all of them would continue using them. About one third of the participants experienced a positive effect on attention and work performance and for about two thirds it positively influenced their motivation during work. Furthermore, about half of the participants felt more energetic, more self-confident and perceived a positive effect on their health and lifestyle.

Conclusions: Providing bike desks in an office reduces office workers sedentary time. Furthermore, people experienced positive effects on several personal and work-related parameters. Therefore, providing bike desks in office settings seems to be a promising means to reduce sedentary time.

Item ID: 50620
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1476-5616
Keywords: active workstation, office workers, sedentary behaviour
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 10:34
FoR Codes: 33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3303 Design > 330310 Interaction and experience design @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420702 Exercise physiology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health @ 100%
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