Can physical activity improve work-related well-being? Participants needed for psychology study

Posted on 25th November 2016

With fitness trackers once more featuring on media and online best Christmas gift lists, research at the University of Chester is looking to explore whether engaging in physical activity can help with well-being in the workplace.

Pictured are Dr Annie Scudds and Dr Nicola Lasikiewicz.
Pictured are Dr Annie Scudds and Dr Nicola Lasikiewicz.

Dr Nicola Lasikiewicz and Dr Annie Scudds, both from the University’s Department of Psychology, are looking for healthy, full-time employees for their study.

The psychologists will be exploring the use of FitBit® technology as a way of encouraging exercise. They will be looking at the beneficial effects of physical exercise on mood, work-related recurring thoughts and sleep quantity and quality.

Dr Lasikiewicz said: “The study aims to show that taking part in physical exercise can reduce perceived stress, anxiety and depression. We chose FitBit® because it is one of the most popular and affordable trackers on the market.”

More specifically, the impact of daily exercise on work-related recurring thoughts will be explored, with the aim of providing support for the idea that exercise can also improve work-related wellbeing. With the increased popularity of affordable activity trackers, the researchers will assess the value of these accessible tools in a research context.

Dr Scudds added: “This is a diary study, during which participants will be monitored over two working weeks - a week wearing a FitBit® activity monitor and another week not wearing it.”

The academics are now looking to recruit full-time employed, healthy adults, who exercise at least once a week, to take part in the study. Participants will be loaned a FitBit® and will be entered into a prize draw to win a brand new FitBit®on completion of the study.Anybody interested in participating should contact Dr Lasikiewicz (n.lasikiewicz@chester.ac.uk) or Dr Scudds (a.scudds@chester.ac.uk). The study is expected to run until the end of March 2017 so interested participants are encouraged to get in touch before the end of January 2017.