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Sitting and physioloigcal responses to stress

13 February 2020

This study examines whether there is a link between how long people sit for and how people respond physiologically to stress (e.g. increase in heart rate and blood pressure)


  • Participants cannot take part if they have:
  • Any pre-existing clinically diagnosed disease or condition such as: Cardiovascular (heart) disease, including hypertension (high blood pressure) and heart failure; lung disease such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; kidney disease; metabolic diseases such as diabetes, high blood sugar, or elevated cholesterol; auto-immune conditions such as glandular fever, rheumatoid arthritis, anaemia and blood-borne viruses such as hepatitis B, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
  • • Anyone with a cardiac pacemaker or an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
  • • Anyone who is currently, or suspected, to be pregnant. Likewise, anyone who may become pregnant during the study will be not be able to take part
  • • Anyone with a phobia of blood, needles and/or having blood taken
  • • Current smokers or anyone with a smoking history (including those who vape), or recreational drug users (history or current)
  • • Anyone who regularly drinks 25+ units of alcohol (more than once per week)
  • • Anyone with clinically diagnosed psychological conditions, e.g. schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or any cognitive deficits e.g. Dementia
  • • Anyone with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of greater than 35 kg/m2, or a body fat percentage lower than 8% or higher than 40%
  • • Anyone who scores 15+ on a depression and anxiety questionnaire
  • • Anyone who cannot complete cycling exercise (e.g. because of an injury).
  • • Any individuals using prescribed or over-the-counter medication (excluding oral contraceptives)
  • • Anyone not able to understand verbal and written instructions in English or give informed consent

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Ethical approval

This study has been approved by the Loughborough University Ethics Committee.

About the researcher

I am a PhD researcher based at Loughborough University. I completed my BSc and MSc at The University of Birmingham.

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