Cognitive function during low-intensity walking: A test of the treadmill workstation

Brandon L. Alderman, Ryan L. Olson, Diana M. Mattina

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Abstract

Background: The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of walking at self-selected speed on an active workstation on cognitive performance. Methods: Sixty-six participants (n = 27 males, 39 females; mean age = 21.06 ± 1.6 years) completed a treadmill-desk walking and a seated control condition, separated by 48 hours. During each condition, participants completed computerized versions of the Stroop test, a modified flanker task, and a test of reading comprehension. Results: No significant differences in response speed or accuracy were found between walking and sitting conditions for any the cognitive tests. Conclusions: These findings reveal that performance on cognitive tasks, including executive control processes, are not impaired by walking on an active workstation. Implementing active workstations into offices and classrooms may help to decrease sedentariness without impairing task performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)752-758
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Keywords

  • Executive function
  • Interference
  • Low-intensity exercise
  • Stroop task
  • Treadmill desk

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