Work and Work Out: Time and space strategies for physical activities

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Publication Conference Paper, other
Title Work and Work Out: Time and space strategies for physical activities
Author(s) Book, Karin
Date 2011
Editor(s) Söderström, Tor; Fahlén, Josef; Wickman, Kim
English abstract
A few years ago I was standing outside an office building in London Docklands around noon watching a group of people cooling down after a running session. I intepreted the situation as follows: this was a group of people in the middle of their carriers, working hard, commuting, having children to take care of after work and as a consequence trying to find a time slot for physical activity in the lunch hour. These thoughts ended up in one pilot study, one article and one extended project based on the following questions: 1.How, when and where do people in the age between 30 and 50 find time and space for physical activities? The selected group is likely to work and have children living at home. By physical activity is meant everything from walking to the bus stop to heavy, consciuos training. 2.How does the design of the work place and its suroundings effect the opportunities for activities in connection to the work day? My pilot study showed that the selected group find it hard to find room for physical activities in their daily programmes, and usually prefer flexible solutions like walking and running. Strategies (from what I – based on intensity and aims – call micro strategies to heavy training) in connection to or during the work day were common. Example of micro strategies is for instance using the stairs, while examples of more heavy training was going to the nearby gym during the lunch hour. Furthermore, I found examples of time deepening strategies, like taking a walk while supervising students. Another strategy was to use time slots that nobody else in the family claimed, like very early mornings. At the moment a more extensive material is analysed (including for instance 550 surveys) and will be ready to present at the conference.
Publisher EASS
Host/Issue Book of abstracts, 8th European Association for Sociology of Sport. Department of Education, Umeå University, Sweden;
Pages 141
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) physical activity
time-space strategies
time stress
everyday life
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note 8th European Association for Sociology of Sport (EASS). People in motion – bridging the local and global. Umeå, Sweden, 18-22 May 2011
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