The Effects of Workplace Physical Activity Interventions in Men: A Systematic Review

Jason Y.L. Wong, Nicholas D. Gilson, Jannique G.Z. van Uffelen, Wendy J. Brown

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The workplace is cited as a promising setting for physical activity (PA) promotion, but workplace PA interventions tend not to specifically target men. The aim of this article was to review the literature on workplace PA interventions for men and to identify key issues for future intervention development. Articles targeting PA at the workplace were located through a structured database search. Information on intervention strategies and PA outcomes were extracted. Only 13 studies (10.5%) reviewed focused on men, of which 5 showed significant increases in PA. These studies used generic, multicomponent, health promotion strategies with a variety of timeframes, self-report PA measures, and PA outcomes. The systematic review identified that evidence on the effectiveness of workplace PA interventions for men is equivocal and highlighted methodological concerns. Future research should use reliable and valid measures of PA and interventions that focus specifically on men's needs and PA preferences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-313
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Men's Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes


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