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Standing breaks in lectures improve university students’ self-perceived physical, mental and cognitive condition

Paulus, Maike; Kunkel, Jule; Schmidt, Steffen C. E.; Bachert, Philip; Wäsche, Hagen; Neumann, Rainer; Woll, Alexander

Abstract:
While adolescents and adults should limit high levels of sedentary behavior, university students spend large amounts of time on sedentary activities. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of this prolonged sitting on students’ self-perceived physical, mental, and cognitive condition and to answer the question of whether simple standing breaks in lectures can help students improve these conditions and for example feel more concentrated, motivated, or less tense in class. A five-minute standing break was introduced using a designed presentation slide for one semester in five different 90-min lectures. In addition, an active break as well as an open break with no trigger were implemented in two further lectures to explicitly investigate the effects of a standing break. Before, during, and after the semester, the students were surveyed about their physical, mental, and cognitive condition (836 respondents at start, 634 during semester, and 528 at the end). To evaluate the practicality and acceptance of the standing break, lecturers were interviewed about their experience. At all survey time points, the standing break was highly accepted by the university students. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000131881
Veröffentlicht am 30.04.2021
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft (IfSS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1661-7827, 1660-4601
KITopen-ID: 1000131881
Erschienen in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Verlag MDPI
Band 18
Heft 8
Seiten Art.-Nr.: 4204
Schlagwörter sedentary behavior; university students; standing break; health promotion
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