Increasing physician activity with treadmill desks

Warren G. Thompson, Gabriel A. Koepp, James A. Levine

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BACKGROUND: Prolonged sitting has been shown to increase mortality and obesity. OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine whether physicians would use a treadmill desk, increase their daily physical activity and lose weight. PARTICIPANTS: 20 overweight and obese physicians aged 25 to 70 with Body Mass Index > 25. METHODS: Participants used a treadmill desk, a triaxial accelerometer, and received exercise counseling in a randomized, cross-over trial over 24 weeks. Group 1 received exercise counseling, accelerometer feedback, and a treadmill desk for 12 weeks and then accelerometer only for 12 weeks. Group 2 received an accelerometer without feedback for 12 weeks followed by exercise counseling, accelerometer feedback, and the treadmill desk for 12 weeks. RESULTS: Daily physical activity increased while using the treadmill desk compared to not using the desk by 197 kcal per day (p=0.003). The difference in weight during the two 12 week periods was 1.85 kg (p=0.03). Percent body fat was 1.9% lower while using the treadmill desk (p=0.02). There were no differences in metabolic or well-being measures. CONCLUSIONS: This study suggests that physicians will use a treadmill desk, that it does increase their activity, and that it may help with weight loss. Further studies are warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-51
Number of pages5
JournalWork
Volume48
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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Exercise
Physicians
Counseling
Weights and Measures
Cross-Over Studies
Adipose Tissue
Weight Loss
Body Mass Index
Obesity
Mortality

Keywords

  • obesity
  • occupational activity
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Rehabilitation

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Thompson, W. G., Koepp, G. A., & Levine, J. A. (2014). Increasing physician activity with treadmill desks. Work, 48(1), 47-51. https://doi.org/10.3233/WOR-131708

Increasing physician activity with treadmill desks. / Thompson, Warren G.; Koepp, Gabriel A.; Levine, James A.

In: Work, Vol. 48, No. 1, 2014, p. 47-51.

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Thompson, WG, Koepp, GA & Levine, JA 2014, 'Increasing physician activity with treadmill desks', Work, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 47-51. https://doi.org/10.3233/WOR-131708
Thompson, Warren G. ; Koepp, Gabriel A. ; Levine, James A. / Increasing physician activity with treadmill desks. In: Work. 2014 ; Vol. 48, No. 1. pp. 47-51.
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