Physical activity levels at work and outside of work among commercial construction workers

Oscar E. Arias, Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, Peter E. Umukoro, Cassandra A. Okechukwu, Jack T. Dennerlein

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OBJECTIVE:: Characterize the number of minutes of moderate and vigorous physical activities at work and outside of work during seven consecutive days, in a sample of 55 commercial construction workers. METHODS:: Workers wore accelerometers during work and outside-of-work hours for seven consecutive days and completed brief survey at the seventh day of data collection. RESULTS:: From the directly measured physical activity, the average number per participant of moderate minutes of occupational physical activity and physical activity outside of work obtained in short bouts were 243 minutes (65%) and 130 minutes (35%), respectively. Directly measured minutes of vigorous occupational physical activity were significant and positively correlated with self-reported fatigue. CONCLUSIONS:: Among commercial construction workers, physical activity from work contributes significantly, approximately two thirds, toward a worker's total amount of weekly minutes of moderate physical activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-78
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 21 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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