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Kiema-Junes, Heli PhD; Saarinen, Aino PhD; Korpelainen, Raija PhD; Kangas, Maarit PhD; Ala-Mursula, Leena PhD; Pyky, Riitta PhD; Hintsanen, Mirka PhD. More Physical Activity, More Work Engagement? A Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966 Study. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: July 2022 - Volume 64 - Issue 7 - p 541-549 doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000002530

More physical activity, more work engagement? : a Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966 study

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Author: Kiema-Junes, Heli1; Saarinen, Aino2; Korpelainen, Raija3,4;
Organizations: 1Division of Psychology, Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Department of Psychology and Logopedics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
3Department of Sports and Exercise Medicine, Oulu Deaconess Institute Foundation sr, Oulu, Finland
4Institute of Health Sciences, University of Oulu and University of Hospital of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
5Northern Finland Birth Cohorts, Arctic Biobank, Infrastructure for Population Studies, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
6Center for Life Course Health Research, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Wolters Kluwer, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-06-10


Objective: To examine the role of physical activity (PA) and sedentary behavior (SED) for work engagement.

Methods: We used data from Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966 Study (n = 3046 to 4356) to analyze self-reported weekly leisure-time physical activity (LTPA), daily leisure-time sitting time (LTST) and work engagement. PA and SED 24-hour were also measured with accelerometer for 14 days. The data were analyzed using linear regression analyses.

Results: High self-reported LTPA and sports participation were associated with higher work engagement and its subdimensions. High self-reported ST was associated with lower work engagement, vigor, and absorption. Accelerometer-measured light PA was associated with higher work engagement and vigor, and accelerometer-measured steps were linked to higher vigor. Accelerometer-measured SED was associated with lower work engagement, vigor, and dedication.

Conclusions: Self-reported and accelerometer-measured PA and SED may play a role in people’s work engagement.

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Series: Journal of occupational and environmental medicine
ISSN: 1076-2752
ISSN-E: 1536-5948
ISSN-L: 1076-2752
Volume: 64
Issue: 7
Pages: 541 - 549
DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000002530
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 515 Psychology
Copyright information: Copyright © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. on behalf of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 (CCBY), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.