Habit-Based Intervention Can Improve Worker health: Study

by Paromita Datta published on -

Can we use behavioral theory at the workplace to improve fitness? A recent pilot study conducted in Australia seems to suggest so. Focused on increasing fitness levels at the workplace, the 6-weeks long pilot study found that commitment to fitness can be strengthened with habit-based intervention. This was an attempt at utilizing behavioral theory in improving fitness levels at the workplace. [1]

The aim of the study was to develop a habit-based intervention to promote physical activity and average weekly step count among workers. The study was conducted for 6 weeks where the team recorded and measured these parameters at regular intervals. The participants were 20 sedentary office workers from an Australian University.

Man standing at a desk looking at a laptop while bending down to touch the toes of his extended right leg

The participants were given actionable information on developing healthy habits and weekly step counts. The information was in the form of the top 10 tips they could follow to promote habit formation. At the end of the study, the team found that the average physical activity habits showed a marked improvement at the end of the very first week. This improvement was maintained until the end of the 6-weeks. However, there was no significant increase in the average step count.

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Paromita Datta covers the latest health and wellness trends for Organic Facts. An ex-journalist who specialized in health and entertainment news, Paromita was responsible for managing a health supplement for The New Indian Express, a leading national daily in India. She has completed her post-graduation in Business Administration from the University of Rajasthan and her diploma in journalism from YMCA, Delhi. She has completed an e-course, Introduction to Food and Health, from Stanford University, US.

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