Mapping Contextual Factors Influencing Physical Activity Behavior of People with a Physical Demanding Job

Julia Beckmann*, Pieter Coenen, Erwin Speklé, Jos J. Kraal

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People with a physically demanding job have an unhealthy disbalance in occupational and leisure-time physical activity (PA). We aimed to understand which contextual factors influence this disbalance, and explore opportunities for lifestyle interventions that could restore this disbalance. We applied a contextmapping study with six production workers from a Dutch coating department. Participants filled in a sensitizing booklet with PA-related activities, and were interviewed afterwards. Participants reported reasons for (not) being active in leisure-time using an experience sampling method. Our results indicate that main reasons for being inactive during leisure time were their believes that occupational PA is enough for a healthy lifestyle, and the need to rest after work. Results show that lifestyle interventions should tackle workers inadequate risk perception and over-exhaustion to empower them to shift their PA behavior in a healthier direction. This indicates the need for a holistic approach targeting both home and working environments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConvergence
Subtitle of host publicationBreaking Down Barriers Between Disciplines
EditorsMarijke Melles
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-32198-6
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Publication series

NameSpringer Series in Design and Innovation
ISSN (Print)2661-8184
ISSN (Electronic)2661-8192

Bibliographical note

Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository ‘You share, we take care!’ – Taverne project Otherwise as indicated in the copyright section: the publisher is the copyright holder of this work and the author uses the Dutch legislation to make this work public.


  • Holistic approach
  • Life-long health
  • Lifestyle intervention
  • Occupational health
  • Physical activity paradox
  • Prevention


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