p-ISSN: 1300-0551
e-ISSN: 2587-1498

Burçin Karavelioglu1, Günsu Soykut1, Gonca İnanç2, Adile Öniz3

1Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Near East University, Nicosia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
2Department of Biophysics, Near East University, Nicosia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
3Faculty of Health Sciences, Near East University, Nicosia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

Keywords: Physical activity, Healthy Lifestyle Behaviours Scale-II, white-collar workers, body mass index


Objective: To examine the relationship between physical activity level and healthy lifestyle behaviours of white-collar workers. 

Materials and Methods: The International Physical Activity Questionnaire Short Form (IPAQ-SF) was used to determine the level of physical activity, and the Healthy Lifestyle Behaviours Scale-II (HLBS-II) was used to evaluate the lifestyle behaviours. The researchers recorded anthropometric measurements of the participants via face-to-face method and questionnaires were implemented via online forms. Statistical analysis of the study was performed with the IBM SPSS Statistics version 20.0 program. Descriptive analysis was done, and all the data were presented as means and (±) standard deviation (SD). Statistical significance was set at p<0.05.

Results: In total, 229 (mean age: 35.75, 158 female) white-collar workers participated in the study. 90.4% of the participants had either undergraduate or postgraduate degrees. 55.5% of the participants were found to be inactive as stated by the IPAQ-SF scores. According to HLBS-II results, active participants had significantly higher exercise, nutrition, and stress management sub-scale scores (p<0.05). There was no significant difference between self-actualization, interpersonal relationship, and health responsibility scores of active and inactive participants (p>0.05).  Overall, active participants with normal BMI had significantly higher HLBS-II scores than overweight and obese participants (p<0.05).

Conclusions: Our study shows a positive relationship between physical activity levels and healthy lifestyle behaviours in office work. In order to increase the quality of life of white-collar workers, changing their behaviours such as physical inactivity and unhealthy diet through education intervention on healthy lifestyle holds a vital place.

Cite this article: Karevelioglu B, Soykut G, Inanc G, Oniz A. Higher physical activity levels reflect better lifestyle behaviours amongst white collar workers: A descriptive cross-sectional study. Turk J Sports Med. 2022, 57(3):136-41; http://doi.org/10.47447/tjsm.0592

Ethics Committee Approval

The approval for this study was obtained from Near East University Ethics Committee (Decision no: 2020/85-1212 Date: 26.11.2020).

Author Contributions

Concept: BK, GS, GI, AO; Design: BK, GS, GI, AO ; Supervision:BK, GS, GI, AO; Materials: BK, GS, GI, AO; Data Collection and/or Processing: BK, GS, GI, AO ; Analysis and Interpretation: BK, GS, GI, AO; Literature Review: BK, GS, GI, AO ; Writing Manuscript: BK, GS, GI, AO; Critical Reviews: BK, GS, GI, AO

Conflict of Interest

The authors declared no conflicts of interest with respect to authorship and/or publication of the article.

Financial Disclosure

The authors received no financial support for the research and/or publication of this article.


The authors would like to thank participants of this study. This study did not receive a specific grant from any financing organization in public, commercial or non-profit sectors. The authors do not state a conflict of interest.