80 % of contemporary jobs are sedentary in nature, involving little or no
physical activity which pose a major health risk.
drivers reportedly spend nearly 83% of their time at work and 68% outside
of work sitting.
- It is seen
that nearly 74% of the study participants demonstrated to have an
increased risk of cardiovascular disease due to being overweight and
Nearly 80 % of contemporary jobs are sedentary in nature, involving little or no physical activity
which pose a major health risk. One such sedentary job is that of bus drivers, who reportedly spend nearly 83% of their time at work and 68% outside of work sitting
A study was
conducted at Loughborough University as part of
the Leicester-Loughborough Diet,
Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) to analyze the sedentary job
profile of bus drivers.
‘Sedentary jobs which involve sitting much of the day with the inability to move around, are not so good for waistline and could lead to obesity and other health problems.’
This study was unique because it was the first of its kind to study periods of inactivity in bus
drivers using an activPAL3™ accelerometer.
drivers were chosen on a voluntary basis and they were continuously studied on
three work days and one non-work day in a
The results of the study showed that on working days, the
participants were sedentary for more than 12 hours in a given day. When it came
to a non-working day, the number of sitting time was reported to be about 9
hours. This reveals that bus drivers on an average sit for 3 hours more on a
daily basis as compared to the office workers.
It was also seen that nearly 74% of the study participants demonstrated to have an
increased risk of cardiovascular disease
due to being overweight and obese
As compared to other occupations, bus drivers were found to have higher sitting
time during non-work days (about 62%), which the researchers speculate could be a spill-over effect of the time spent sitting during work days.
Veronica Varela Mato, a PhD student from Loughborough
University's School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, part of the
National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine East Midlands, was of the
opinion that immediate interventions are needed to protect the health of the bus drivers since the study results indicate that they are at 'high risk' for developing health complications
She further commented,
"The findings of this pilot study suggest that bus drivers' health is
suffering due to lengthy periods of sedentary behavior which tends to dominate
the working day. This is why health interventions are needed sooner rather than
later, not only to help increase bus drivers' movement during scheduled breaks,
but also to boost drivers' levels of physical activity during leisure time.
authors recommend that the bus drivers need to have regular breaks in their
sitting periods to improve their health. One of the feasible approach could be
the introduction of pedometer-based walking challenge, which would motivate the
bus drivers to get up and walk during non-working hours or during breaks.
also suggest a detailed study to be done in the near future with larger and
more diverse group of drivers.