Exercise Training During Working Hours at a Hospital Department: A Pilot Study

Stig Molsted, Sofie Fønsskov Møller, Just Bendix Justesen, Charlotte Ahlgren Særvoll, Rikke Krogh-Madsen, Bente Klarlund Pedersen, Thea Kølsen Fischer, Tina Dalager, Birgitte Lindegaard

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OBJECTIVES: This pilot study tested the use of an exercise offer to hospital employees during working hours and changes in work and health parameters.

METHODS: Employees (n = 214) from a medical department on a Danish hospital were invited to 30 minutes' exercise training twice weekly for 12 weeks. Outcomes included health- and work-related parameters.

RESULTS: Eighty employees (mean age, 44.4 [SD, 10.7] years; 81.3% women) completed the study. Intervention adherence was 36.3% (SD, 25.1%). Aerobic capacity increased from 34.6 (95% confidence interval [CI], 32.3 to 36.9) to 36.7 (95% CI, 34.1 to 39.4) mL O 2 /min per kilogram, P = 0.004. Blood pressure decreased from 120 (95% CI, 117 to 123)/79 (95% CI, 76 to 81) to 116 (95% CI, 112 to 120)/76 (95% CI, 74 to 79) mm Hg, P = 0.003. Waist circumference and musculoskeletal pain decreased. Well-being, social capital, and quality of life increased.

CONCLUSIONS: Despite low training adherence, completers improved outcomes related to metabolic and self-rated health.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Pages (from-to)e744-e750
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Humans
  • Female
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Quality of Life
  • Pilot Projects
  • Exercise
  • Hospital Departments
  • well-being
  • musculoskeletal pain
  • workplace intervention
  • productivity
  • exercise training
  • hospital
  • quality of life


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