Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 57, Issue 3, pp 869–882 | Cite as

Spirituality/Religiosity (SpR), Leisure-Time Physical Activity, and Sedentary Behaviour in Students at a Catholic University

  • Edward K. WatersEmail author
  • Zelda Doyle
  • Ellen Finlay
Original Paper


Some studies have found an association between spirituality and/or religiosity (SpR) and cardiovascular health, for reasons which remain unclear. This study explores whether SpR is linked to physical activity whilst young, which in turn is linked to long-term cardiovascular health. Students at a Catholic University in Australia completed a survey combining the SpREUK-P SF 17 SpR questionnaire with elements of the long-form 7-day recall International Physical Activity Questionnaire. Respondents who scored highly in the unconventional spiritual practices components of SpREUK-P engaged in moderate intensity physical activity more frequently. This finding may have implications for health promotion.


Spirituality Religiosity Health Physical activity 



The work in this manuscript was partially supported by the Australian Government’s Collaborative Research networks program. EF, ZD, and EKW wish to thank Professor George L. Mendz, Associate Professor Sandra Lynch and Ms. Epi Kanjo for helpful feedback.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Medicine, SydneyThe University of Notre Dame AustraliaDarlinghurstAustralia
  2. 2.Rural Clinical School, School of Medicine, SydneyThe University of Notre Dame AustraliaBowenfelsAustralia
  3. 3.School of Arts and SciencesThe University of Notre Dame AustraliaBroadwayAustralia

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