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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(10), 1233; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14101233

Breaking Up Sitting with Light-Intensity Physical Activity: Implications for Shift-Workers

School for Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, Central Queensland University, Wayville 5034, Australia
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Received: 24 August 2017 / Revised: 5 October 2017 / Accepted: 10 October 2017 / Published: 16 October 2017
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Prolonged sitting, restricted sleep, and circadian disruption are all independent risk factors for non-communicable diseases. Previous research has demonstrated that breaking up sitting with light-intensity physical activity has clear benefits for the health of day workers, but these findings may not apply in the presence of sleep restriction and/or circadian disruption—both of which are commonly experienced by shift-workers. Specifically, sleep restriction, and circadian disruption result in acute physiological changes that may offset the benefits of breaking up sitting. This commentary will explore the potential benefits of breaking up sitting for health, work performance, and subsequent sleep in shift-workers. Future areas of research designed to understand the mechanisms by which prolonged sitting and shift work impact worker health and safety and to support the design of effective occupational health and safety interventions are proposed. View Full-Text
Keywords: night-shift; non-communicable disease; sedentary behaviour; sitting breaks; shift-work night-shift; non-communicable disease; sedentary behaviour; sitting breaks; shift-work
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Vincent, G.E.; Jay, S.M.; Vandelanotte, C.; Ferguson, S.A. Breaking Up Sitting with Light-Intensity Physical Activity: Implications for Shift-Workers. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 1233.

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