Smart Break Intervention Study

Smart Break Intervention Study

The four month Smart Break Intervention Study was conducted by the University of Jyväskylä, Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius/Health Science Unit.

Test sites

  • Company 1: specializing in stevedoring, forwarding and shipping activities
  • Company 2: sister company to company 1, offering tailor made harbor operator and factory service solutions

Participants (n=45)

  • Company 1: office workers and managers
  • Company 2: truck drivers

Taking sitting seriouslyPhotos from the break room of company 2

The goals

  • To prevent sitting disease in physically inactive workplaces
  • To test Smart Break for 3+3 minute physical activation during a working day
  • To evaluate results by user responses and physical check up before and after

The Smart Break intervention (4 months)

  • 3 minutes before coffee breaks (morning and afternoon)
  • 3 workouts (1 minute upper body, 1 minute lower body, 1 minute cardio)
  • Training in coffee room (large TV screen) or by own computer
  • Monthly rewards

The key results

  • Improved mobility
  • Increased muscle strength
  • Less resting pain
  • Lower blood pressure
  • More energy
  • Increased motivation to move after the work day

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