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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, Volume 15, Issue 8 (August 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Office workers will often sit for prolonged periods, accumulating considerable amounts of sitting [...] Read more. Office workers will often sit for prolonged periods, accumulating considerable amounts of sitting over a working day. Recent research suggests there may be negative implications from too much sitting, including musculoskeletal discomfort and decrement in cognitive function; however, there is little evidence to clarify the acute impact of prolonged sitting. Therefore, this laboratory study with 20 participants aimed to assess the impact of 2 hours of uninterrupted sitting on bodily discomfort, cognitive function (problem solving and sustained attention), muscle fatigue, pelvic movement, and mental state. Discomfort increased over time for all body areas, while for cognitive function there was no clear detriment. Mental state deteriorated over time. These results suggest that sitting should be interrupted before 120 minutes to avoid deterioration in discomfort and mental state. View the paper here.