Physical activity coaching at the workplace - a systematic review

Angeli Gawlik*, Jonas Lüdemann, Aliza Neuhausen, Christian Zepp, Jens Kleinert

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Studies show that about 60 minutes of moderate physical activity (PA) per day compensates for continuous daily sitting at work (Ekelund et al., 2020). However, the workplace offers an ideal setting for health-promoting interventions (WHO & Burton, 2010) such as physical activity coaching as a person-centered intervention aimed at achieving sustainable behavior change (Wolever et al., 2013). Given a good evidence base of health coaching studies in general (e.g., Oliveira et al., 2017), this review aims to provide an overview of specific workplace PA coaching interventions.
The review was conducted with the following inclusion criteria: (1) longitudinal studies, (2) analysis of PA at work (subjective/objective), (3) inactive/sedentary employees, (4) PA coaching at workplace as intervention, (5) increasing PA at work.
Of the 15 studies included, eight studies showed a significant increase in a measure of PA within group or against a control group. The study quality of the included studies showed a moderate to high risk of bias. There is a high variation of conceptualization as well as different communication channels, such as face-to-face only, telephone or electronic contact (via an app or messaging), or a combination of face-to-face/telephone and electronic.
While some of the studies included show evidence on the effectiveness of workplace PA coaching, the overall results are inconsistent. This could be due to the high variation in coaching concepts. Therefore, there is still a need for more high-quality studies to be able to identify which coaching concepts demonstrate the most promising effects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFEPSAC 2022 - Abstract Book : 16th EUROPEAN CONGRESS of SPORT & EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY ; Sport, exercise and performance psychology: challenges and opportunities in a changing world
Number of pages1
PublisherEuropean Federation of Sport Psychology
Publication date01.08.2022
Publication statusPublished - 01.08.2022
Event16th European Congress of Sport & Exercise Psychology: Sport, exercise and performance psychology: challenges and opportunities in a changing world - University of Padova; Padova City Hall, Padova, Italy
Duration: 11.07.202216.07.2022
Conference number: 16


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