Employees with sedentary jobs have sedentary home lives

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Office workers who sit for a large proportion of their working day also report sitting for longer periods outside work, so do not compensate for the sedentary behaviour at work by being more active outside it, a recent study has found.

Among the 72 participants, almost two-thirds of time at work was spent sitting, prompting the authors to suggest that “occupational health interventions should focus on reducing workplace and leisure-time sitting in sedentary office workers”.

Clemes SA et al (2014). “Sitting time and step counts in office workers”. Occupational Medicine, first published online 29 January.

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