Workplace Exercise and Educational Program for Improving Fitness Outcomes Related to Health in Workers A Randomized Controlled Trial

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Vilela, Bianca Lima [UNIFESP]
Benedito Silva, Ana Amelia
Barbosa de Lira, Claudio Andre
Andrade, Marilia dos Santos [UNIFESP]
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Objective: To investigate the effects of a workplace fitness and education program intervention on physical fitness of workers. Methods: Employees from a chemical plant (n = 60) participated in a 4-month longitudinal study. They were randomly distributed in control and experimental groups. the experimental group had 4 months of exercise training in 15-minute sessions. the following evaluations were performed before and after the training period: body composition, localized muscle strength, and flexibility. Results: the experimental group showed a significant decrease in body fat (24.7%) and a significant increase in lean mass (6.1%), flexibility (17.9%), sit-up test performance (39.8%), and push-up test performance (29.8%) after the workplace fitness and education program compared with initial values. Conclusions: A structured program of physical exercise was effective in improving body composition, abdominal strength, upper limb strength, and flexibility in workers.
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, v. 57, n. 3, p. 235-240, 2015.