n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Physical activity as a therapeutic modality on health -, lifestyle - and psychological well-being constructs among clergy promotion, fitness and wellness - : health promotion, fitness and wellness

Volume 12, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


A growing body of research confirms that clergy from various religious affiliations across the globe are increasingly succumbing to multiple job stressors, resulting in health impairment and ultimately withdrawal from the ministry. Although the therapeutic effect of physical activity on various health parameters is well known, it has not been studied systematically among clergy. Therefore the purpose of this study was to determine associations between physical activity-, lifestyle-, health-, coronary risk-, burnout-, happiness and quality of life indexes of 340 ministers of religion of the Dutch Reformed Church. The results were analysed by means of self-report questionnaires. Significant differences (<0.05) occurred between the high physically active group, compared to the low physically active group, regarding health-, lifestyle-, coronary risk-, burnout-, happiness and quality of life- indexes. The high physically active group showed a significantly better (p<0.05) status than the low active group on these parameters. Although physical activity had no effect on ministers who were already in a good state of health, results confirmed that physical activity has a positive effect on physical health. Since the ministers already experienced a moderate level of burnout (2.23±0.9) with significant differences between the high active and low active group, it confirmed that physical activity impacted as a salutogenic modality on physical and emotional well-being among clergy in the study group.

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