Reduce burnout symptoms through physical activity

27. July 2022
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27. July 2022 Rüdiger Beck

Physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of burnout symptoms related to an individual’s experience of stress at work. A recent study published in the Journal of Stress Management demonstrated that physical activity has the potential to reduce stress-induced burnout symptoms. A total of 309 workers from Switzerland participated in this study.

The researchers were able to demonstrate that high levels of stress at work favored the experience of burnout, while higher levels of physical activity were negatively associated with occupational stress and burnout symptoms.

Participants* with higher levels of physical activity reported fewer burnout symptoms when they perceived high levels of stress.

Although occupational sources of stress are rarely modifiable, regular leisure-time physical activity can be more than just a pastime and can make a significant contribution to one’s health.

Elvira Radaca

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