Work-from-homes can ‘stand up’ to COVID

Think for a minute about how long you’ve been sitting. How long you’ve been without a break as you’ve scrolled through email and tip-tapped on your computer.

How many workday hours do you sit, just sit?

There’s a good chance you sit a lot if you’re an office worker, and an even better chance you’ve been sitting a whole lot more if you’ve been working from home during the pandemic, says Kirsten Dillon, a doctoral student in kinesiology.

Dillon and kinesiology master’s student Madison Hiemstra are leading a new study to determine how adults working at home full time can change their sedentary habits and ultimately improve their productivity and over-all health.

“When they’re in the office, people will go out for lunch or they walk to work or even walk to their car, whereas people working from home will get up and walk to the kitchen for a coffee and that’s about it,” Dillon said.

Half of the study’s 145 participants will choose their own get-moving motivations, while the other half will be assigned specific strategies.

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