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Table 1 Results of Wilcoxon signed-rank test for differences in the self-reported actual and the desired proportion and minutes per workday of sitting, standing, walking and physically demanding tasks in desk-based workers

From: Self-reported actual and desired proportion of sitting, standing, walking and physically demanding tasks of office employees in the workplace setting: do they fit together?

  All (n = 614) Men (n = 327) Women (n = 287)
Actual Desired Actual Desired Actual Desired
Proportion of workday sitting in % (SD) 73.0 (21.7) 53.8 (23.6)*** 73.6 (20.1) 55.3 (21.6)*** 72.4 (23.5) 52.0 (25.6)***
Proportion of workday standing in % (SD) 10.2 (12.4) 15.8 (13.7)*** 10.4 (11.8) 15.7 (12.2)*** 10.0 (13.1) 15.9 (25.6) ***
Proportion of workday walking in % (SD) 12.9 (10.9) 22.8 (17.5)*** 12.5 (9.9) 21.9 (16.4)*** 13.2 (11.9) 23.8 (18.6)***
Proportion of workday physically demanding tasks in % (SD) 3.9 (8.2) 7.7 (12.7)*** 3.5 (7.6) 7.1 (10.4)*** 4.4 (8.9) 8.4 (14.9)***
Min/workday of sitting (SD) 321.5 (152.5) 238.1 (139.7)*** 339.1 (146.3) 255.4 (133.1)*** 301.5 (157.1) 218.4 (144.5)***
Min/workday of standing (SD) 44.0 (56.6) 69.5 (68.4)*** 47.7 (55.7) 74.7 (66.9)*** 39.7 (57.5) 63.4 (69.8)***
Min/workday of walking (SD) 55.0 (51.8) 96.9 (85.5)*** 58.1 (52.2) 101.2 (86.7)*** 51.4 (51.3) 92.1 (83.9)***
Min/workday of physically demanding tasks (SD) 17.0 (37.5) 33.0 (59.5)*** 17.5 (41.3) 31.1 (46.8)*** 16.5 (32.6) 35.2 (71.3)***
  1. *** p < 0.001