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Aerobic exercise training and burnout: A pilot study with male participants suffering from burnout
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 4597729
Author(s) Gerber, Markus; Brand, Serge; Elliot, Catherine; Holsboer-Trachsler, Edith; Pühse, Uwe; Beck, Johannes
Author(s) at UniBasel Brand, Serge
Pühse, Uwe
Gerber, Markus
Year 2013
Title Aerobic exercise training and burnout: A pilot study with male participants suffering from burnout
Journal BMC Research Notes
Volume 6
Pages / Article-Number 78
Mesh terms Adult; Aged; Burnout, Professional; Energy Metabolism; Exercise; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Pilot Projects
Abstract Occupational burnout is associated with severe negative health effects. While stress management programs proved to have a positive influence on the well-being of patients suffering from burnout, it remains unclear whether aerobic exercise alleviates burnout severity and other parameters related to occupational burnout. Therefore, the main purpose of this study was to pilot-test the potential outcomes of a 12-week exercise training to generate hypotheses for future larger scale studies.; The sample consisted of 12 male participants scoring high on the MBI emotional exhaustion and depersonalization subscales. The training program took place in a private fitness center with a 17.5 kcal/kg minimum requirement of weekly energy expenditure.; The key findings are that increased exercise reduced overall perceived stress as well as symptoms of burnout and depression. The magnitude of the effects was large, revealing changes of substantial practical relevance. Additionally, profiles of mood states improved considerably after single exercise sessions with a marked shift towards an iceberg profile.; Among burnout patients, the findings provide preliminary evidence that exercise has the potential to reduce stress and prevent the development of a deeper depression. This has important health implications given that burnout is considered an antecedent of depressive disorders.; Identifier: ISRNCT01575743.
Publisher BioMed Central
ISSN/ISBN 1756-0500
Full Text on edoc Available
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1186/1756-0500-6-78
PubMed ID
ISI-Number MEDLINE:23497731
Document type (ISI) Clinical Trial, Journal Article

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