Your Questions About Health And Fitness Careers

Mandy asks…

Best colleges in state of Illinois for pursuing a career in Physical Fitness…IE. Personal Trainer?

And what are some other jobs that are like personal training that is health fitness related. Not rehab
i know you dont need college for personal training, but some employers require degrees i.e. exercise science, and i am also lookin for other career alternates that would be more stable than personal training

dknol answers:

Exerciseing with Jack is a pretty cool he is hte best personal trainer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKCGe2Ezris

Donald asks…

Is fitness a good industry to go into?

I love fitness/nutrition and i would really like to make that my career however i am aware that it isn't as stable as becoming a doctor per say. I am currently majoring in Health sciences in hopes of going into Physical therapy as a graduate but i would like to switch to the sports and fitness degree in order to learn more about fitness, health, and motivational aspects of helping people lose weight…not sure what i should do…if there are any successful/unsuccessful people in the fitness industry, please give me your insight!

Thanks!

dknol answers:

I'm not sure, but seeing the scary and sad amount of people who are trying to lose weight and get fit without any knowledge on how to do it correctly, I would say it would be a good idea to get a carrier in it.

No industry is stable. Fitness would be as good as any.

Cheers :)

Carol asks…

What do I need to do to become a fitness researcher for the military?

I am starting from scatch-almost. I have no degree, but iam a certified personal trainer. I would like to do some research related things that have to do with health and fitness. I would really like to work for the government or military, what would that job title be labeled?
What fields of study should i focus on?
What are the best colleges in IL for this career?
without joining the military as i am ineligible

dknol answers:

The military contracts this type of research out to various college/university research laboratories.

Helen asks…

Seeking parents' approval of girlfriend?

My girlfriend and I have been dating for four years and we feel like it's about time we moved out together as we have just finished college. For a variety of reasons, my parents really don't like her. My view is (being the oldest) they view me as the ‘perfect child' and that nobody is ever good enough for their precious son. They're both lawyers and they rant and rave about how I could do ‘so much better' because my GPA was ‘much higher' than hers, that we have ‘nothing in common', that her parents are ‘rednecks', that she is ‘disrespectful' and *gasp* she is older than me. I think my parents are stuck in a time warp: not dating someone because of their GPA is beyond pathetic (not to mention the fact she is still incredibly smart and is in a high-paying professional role). While my passions are politics and sport and hers is music, we still have loads in common (eg movies, restaurants, good food, health & fitness, travelling, similar careers) – we're crazy about each other, talk about each other constantly and care and respect each other. Her parents are a bit weird, but my parents are just as weird in their own eccentric and old-fashioned ways. They're also very culturally conservative, so they don't understand practical jokes at all – we make practical jokes all the time on each other (eg she created a fake newspaper article that the company I'm working for has gone bankrupt and must sack all its employees), it's just they see the ones she plays on me (which is why they think she's ‘disrespectful') but I don't tell them the ones I play on her because they'd berate me for it (eg pretending to be questioning my sexuality). And despite her being a whole 18 months older than me (shock horror! lol), my parents are absolutely adamant that men should only date younger women. I think my parents are just really old-fashioned and stuck in their ways and a bit snobby, but I still feel the need to please them (as stupid as that sounds). I love my girlfriend and we're definitely moving in together, no questions asked, but I wish my parents approved! How can I win over my parents' approval? More to the point, how do I move on without their approval?

dknol answers:

If she makes u happy then the choice is urs not ur parents.

Im marrying a man 3 yrs younger than me and my family had objections to it plus relgiously we r not the same but we love eachother.

Have a one to one converasation with ur parents why she is the one for u and let them know that it's ur future life. Tell them how she makes u feel, how she contributes to ur life, to ur welfare, etc.

Dont let them speak, because once they starat they will not stop. So be patient and have a grown up conversation with ur parents.

Laura asks…

My parents disapprove of my relationship with my partner – help?

My girlfriend and I have been dating for four years and we feel like it's about time we moved out together as we have just finished college. For a variety of reasons, my parents really don't like her. My view is (being the oldest) they view me as the ‘perfect child' and that nobody is ever good enough for their precious son. They're both lawyers and they rant and rave about how I could do ‘so much better' because my GPA was ‘much higher' than hers, that we have ‘nothing in common', that her parents are ‘rednecks', that she is ‘disrespectful' and *gasp* she is older than me. I think my parents are stuck in a time warp: not dating someone because of their GPA is beyond pathetic (and my girlfriend is very smart too!). While my passion is politics and hers is music, we still have loads in common (eg movies, restaurants, good food, health & fitness, travelling, similar careers) – we're crazy about each other and talk about each other constantly. Her parents are a bit weird, but my parents are just as weird in their own eccentric and old-fashioned ways. They're also very culturally conservative, so they don't understand practical jokes at all – we make practical jokes all the time on each other (eg she created a fake newspaper article that the company I'm working for has gone bankrupt and must sack all its employees), it's just they see the ones she plays on me but I don't tell them the ones I play on her because they'd berate me for it (eg pretending to be questioning my sexuality). And despite her being a whole 18 months older than me (shock horror! lol), my parents are absolutely adamant that men should only date women younger. I think my parents are just really old-fashioned and stuck in their ways, but I still feel the need to please them (as stupid as that sounds). I love my girlfriend and we're definitely moving in together, no questions asked, but I wish my parents approved! How can I win over my parents' approval? More to the point, how do I move on without their approval?

dknol answers:

Sounds like the two of you have a good thing goin'! Congratulations on that!

As for your parents, wow – they are something! 18 months age difference is so ridiculous of an attack, I can't imagine it and coupled with the GPA requirement???
Now, forgive me for making assumptions, but I'm guessing your family is substantially wealthier than hers. While they may not be Rockefellers, they seem to have some classic issues related to the “haves” and the “have nots”. They may be primarily thinking that your girlfriend is a gold-digger of sorts. Wealthy parents also have a higher sense of power over their children's private lives due to the green. Maybe they were hoping that you would marry another lawyer or a similar “prestigious” type. “Nothing in common” generally translates to “They don't have similar bank accounts to our family”

The best thing you can do is seriously talk to them privately. Ask them what they find disrespectful about her. Tell them what she really means to you. Let them know that while their opinions do matter – you care about her very much. Ask them if it's your welfare that matters to them(it should be) and what kind of woman were they hoping you would find? Unless they have any serious concerns and if they can't come up with anything beyond the petty reasons they have so far, then they have to make an effort to accept her and at least stop with the trivial attacks. Tell them what character traits appeal to you – does she make you laugh? Does she make you feel better about yourself? Does she “complete” you in some way? Surely one of them will see how much you care about her and that will make a difference.

If you can make some headway with talking to them, then find a way to get together as a family so that they can see her positive traits. If you cannot crack a chink in the armor – allies among your siblings might help. :)

Oh, and btw – love the name. :)

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