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The Fit seafarer – fact or fiction?

Oscar Carlzon ; Marcus Carlsson
Göteborg : Chalmers tekniska högskola, 2018. 42 s.
[Examensarbete på grundnivå]

The work and lifestyle aboard vessels at sea has always been a special kind of life, with long working days, shift work with nocturnal working hours and long working periods that keeps the seafarer from home. The work aboard ships has become more sedentary since the introduction of computers and less crowded with the development of technology and various machines. Because of this and the lack of the free daily physical activity that you get ashore, puts extra pressure on the individual sailor to maintain a regular exercise habit in order to keep a healthy lifestyle while onboard. Regular exercise has been proven to have a lot of health benefits, such as weight reduction, improve stress tolerance, prevent or at least decrease the negative effects of fatigue related to shift work. The idea was to highlight the importance of regular exercise and the purpose of the study is to investigate the seafarers exercise habits and how the seafarers experience the eventual support and encouragement from their employer.

The research was conducted by compiling an online based questionnaire that was distributed to the individual sailor through the company's HR department. The theory is compiled from scientific articles and research papers about the different risk factors related to a sedentary lifestyle and the benefits of exercise.

The results of this study show that the participants keep a relatively high exercise frequency, consisting of mostly cardio and weight training, with the main goal of improving their physics. The majority of the participants felt that they do have time to exercise while onboard, despite the time limitations of shift work and lack of energy from long working hours. About half of the participants does not feel any support from their employer regarding physical activity, but only 15 percent use the healthcare allowance that they are offered. Therefore, the shipping companies need to find other ways to activate and motivate their employees onboard.

Nyckelord: (Seafarer, Physical activity, Exercise, Habits, Benefits, Stress, Fatigue, Occupational health)

Publikationen registrerades 2018-11-09. Den ändrades senast 2018-11-09

CPL ID: 256288

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