Influence of psychosocial work environment on adherence to workplace exercise

Tidsskriftartikel - 2011


Objective: Physical exercise can reduce the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders, but adherence to exercise is challenging for many employees. This study determines prognostic factors for adherence to workplace exercise.Methods: In Copenhagen, 132 office workers with neck/shoulder pain were randomized to 2 or 12 minutes of exercise five days a week. Low, medium, and high adherence was defined as performing less than 10, 10-30, or more than 30 exercise sessions during the subsequent 10 weeks. Odds ratios (OR) for adherence were modeled by logistic regression.Results: Lower adherence to the 10-week exercise program was predicted by poorer psychosocial work environment and lower exercise self-efficacy. A longer exercise program was not associated with lower adherence.Conclusions: Concurrent strategies to improve psychosocial work environment and individual exercise beliefs should be considered when implementing exercise at the workplace.


Andersen LL. Influence of psychosocial work environment on adherence to workplace exercise. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2011;53(2):182-184.
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181207a01f

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