An effective physical fitness program for small and medium-sized enterprises

Han Hui Tsai, Shu Mei Peng, Ching Ying Yeh, Chiou Jong Chen, Ruey Yu Chen

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to develop a practicable worksite physical fitness program for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Community-based intervention consisting of a three-month exercise course was conducted, and its benefits evaluated. A self-administrated structured questionnaire and physical fitness examination were designed to compare the difference between pre and post intervention. A total of 133 SME workers completed the lifestyle/ exercise course and filled out the questionnaire, but 16 were excluded from the exercise group due to health reasons. After the intervention, health indicators such as weight, blood pressure, resting heart rate, waistline, BMI, front and back trunk flexibility, abdominal muscle durability and back muscle strength were significantly improved, and improvements in musculoskeletal disorders were seen in reduced neck pain (18.8%), wrist pain (17.4%), and upper/lower back pain (8.7% and 21.7%, respectively). Cardiovascular risk factors (BMI and resting heart rate) showed a significant improvement related to frequent participation in the program (p=0.02), and the exercise group reported a significant difference in overall health (p=0.02). This study has demonstrated an effective approach to community-based fitness intervention through SMEs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-320
Number of pages10
JournalIndustrial Health
Volume49
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Keywords

  • Cardiovascular risk factors
  • Community-based intervention
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Physical fitness program
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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