Journal of Human Sport and Exercise

Effects of combined exercise training on work-related burnout symptoms and psychological stress in the helping professionals

Gianpiero Greco



This study aimed to evaluate the effects of eight-week Combined Exercise Training on burnout symptoms and perceived stress among workers in the helping professions. Forty-two men (46.3 ± 8.1 years) suffering from burnout were randomly allocated into an intervention (n = 21) or waitlist control (n = 21) group. The intervention group performed a combined circuit resistance training and agility training (60 min, 3d·wk-1) at a local fitness centre. At baseline and after the intervention, the Maslach Burnout Inventory and Perceived Stress Scale were administered. Results showed that the intervention group significantly reduced emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and perceived stress, and increased personal accomplishment (p < .001). The magnitude of the effects was large, revealing changes of crucial practical relevance. Adherence and satisfaction with the intervention were high. No significant changes were found in the control group. The findings support the evidence that Combined Exercise Training may reduce occupational burnout and psychological stress in the helping professions.


Occupational burnout; Workplace; Worker; Job stress


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