Acute Effects of Sitting and Physical Activity on Brain Health

2019-10-28 13:56:49 | BioPortfolio


The specific aim of this study is to understand how a working day composed of prolonged sitting, sitting regularly interrupted by light aerobic exercise or resistance exercise affects an important mechanism underpinning healthy brain functions, namely cerebral blood flow. It is primarily focused on investigating these effects in ecologically valid conditions, i.e. activity patterns that closely resemble a typical day at the office.


The study will be a controlled crossover experimental trial with three conditions involving 26 adult participants aged between 40 and 60 years. Each participant will complete each of the three experimental conditions, separated by a washout period of minimum four days. As well, physical activity behaviours and sleep the day/night before the test day will be measured. The first visit will be a familiarization session. On the second, third, and fourth visits, participants will undergo three different standardized 3-hour interventions in a randomized order. Before and immediately after the three-hour interventions, blood pressure, augmentation index, and cerebral hemodynamic response of the prefrontal cortex during standardized cognitive tasks (1,2, and 3-back tests) will be measured. Additionally, saliva samples will be collected the morning of the test day and before and after the interventions, blood glucose will be assessed continuously during the trial, and fitness will be measured at the familiarization visit.

Study Design


Healthy Adults


Prolonged sitting with social break, Prolonged sitting with walk break, Prolonged sitting with simple resistance activities


The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences (GIH)
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The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences

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