This study examines how students who met the current recommendations for vigorous physical activity (VPA) of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) differ from peers who did not reach these standards with regard to self-reported burnout, before and after controlling for light physical activity and moderate physical activity. A sample of 144 vocational students (Mage = 16.2 years, SD = 1.13, 98 males) completed the International Physical Activity Questionnaire, the Shirom-Melamed Burnout Measure, and the School Burnout Inventory. Bivariate correlations revealed that only VPA was associated with reduced burnout. Both the ACSM and CDC guidelines were useful to identify significant differences in burnout symptoms between students who met versus did not meet the standards. Health policy makers should develop strategies to integrate more VPA into the lives of adolescent students so as to reach a minimum of 60 min per week.
Catherine Elliot and Christin Lang are with the Department of Sport, Exercise and Health, University of Basel; Serge Brand is with the Center for Affective, Stress and Sleep Disorders, Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Basel, and the Department of Sport, Exercise and Health, University of Basel; Edith Holsboer-Trachsler is with the Center for Affective, Stress and Sleep Disorders, Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Basel; and Uwe Pühse and Markus Gerber are with the Department of Sport, Exercise and Health, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland.