Avoiding sedentary work: Exploring motivational issues

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In this paper we present a qualitative study on motivations for avoiding sedentary work. Sedentary work has been recognized as a significant public health problem and many workplaces now invest in initiatives to support employees in avoiding it. The initiative in focus here include bikes, treadmills, step machines and adjustable workstations combined with a digital platform to keep track of activities and to make relevant information available. Experiences indicates that while employees are excited at the beginning, the use of exercise tools drop relatively fast. In order to understand motivation for use, clarify challenges and identify opportunities to support use of exercise tools through the digital platform we did interviews with employees and decision makers from four different companies. The overall challenge identified was pressure of busyness and reasons for use was due to individual objectives. Thus, in order to support employees in avoiding sedentary work the digital platform should provide facilities which allow for formulating and pursuing individual objective.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContext Sensitive Health Informatics : Sustainability in Dynamic Ecosystems
EditorsRomaric Marcilly, Craig E. Kuziemsky, Christian Nohr, Sylvia Pelayo
Number of pages6
PublisherIOS Press
Publication date25 Aug 2019
ISBN (Print)978-1-64368-004-0
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-64368-005-7
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2019
EventContext Sensitive Health Informatics Conference, CSHI 2019 - Lille University, Lille, France
Duration: 22 Aug 201924 Aug 2019


ConferenceContext Sensitive Health Informatics Conference, CSHI 2019
LocationLille University
SeriesStudies in Health Technology and Informatics


  • Sedentary work
  • ecological approach
  • interventions

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