Your Questions About Health And Fitness Careers

Susan asks…

How can I get more productivity out of my day?

What specific bits of advice are there for increasing personal productivity in my work, health and fitness and family/lifestyle goals?

dknol answers:

Dear Dr. Phil: I think you have your personal agenda in the wrong order. Health, family, fitness, lifestyle…then work! Think about what you enjoy doing with your family and work out a “multitasking” schedule for yourself. Be flexible. For instance, walk to the farmers market to pick up fresh veggies….come home and cook them together. That would equal a family activity, good health, an fitness all in one swoop! As far as work goes, I have no idea what you do, but I would suggest you take care of yourself first; do something you love and provide moderation and variety to keep you interested in your career. OK…I've solved the problem…..NEXT!!!!

Godloveya and have a blessed holiday season!

Lizzie asks…

What would be a good career choice for me?

I'm very, very artistic. I love kids. I'm very involved in church. I like health and fitness. I like to help people. I love animals. I don't want a boring job. Ideas?

dknol answers:

Become a certified teacher, for elementary school kids.

Focus on art education. Or physical education.

With a state teaching certificate, you could teach in a public school or in a Christian school.

May I add a point? The most non-boring thing in the world is economic security, i.e., having a enough money to pay for all your needs, and having a relatively good sense that your job won't go away.

Being a certified teacher will provide that. Many other jobs involving art, kids, animals will not. The worst thing in the world is to be poor. Okay, maybe not the worst. Being sick or unloved is worse. But, you get the idea.

Good luck to ya!

George asks…

What are some high-paying jobs that you don't have to be a crazy genius for?

my major is health science right now but i hate chemistry with a passion. Is there any field of health/fitness that does not require chemistry? I was thinking possibly physical therapy? Does anyone know of any other high paying careers (more than $60,000) that do not require extensive schooling/skill? Btw I am just entering college.

dknol answers:

Any sort of work at a public hosptial is usually government payroll, and you get amazing benefits, pay, and pension. At least in Canada that's how it is.
So that might include nursing, therapy, xray tech, admin, payroll staff, etc.

Paul asks…

How do you get started in a career as a personal trainer?

I'm asking this question for my boyfriend who is in much better shape than me :). If he wanted to get started as a PT, is it as simple as ordering study materials from the internet and taking the exam? He would like to start his own practice one day but in the meantime work at a major fitness club.

dknol answers:

There are over 250 certification programs now, so be very careful with shabby organizations which will not properly educate or prepare your boyfriend as qualified personal trainer for most gyms.

I've tried many of them and the The National Strength and Conditioning Association is the worldwide authority on strength conditioning specialists and personal trainers.

Unlike any other organization, the NSCA brings together a diverse group of professionals from the sport science, athletic, allied health, and fitness industries.

I researched it extensively when I was doing my own certifications, and you can't go wrong with the NSCA.
Have your boyfriend contact me if he needs more details.


Laura asks…

How much can I make Starting as a personal fitness trainer?

I am thinking of a career change, something more fulfilling and interesting to me personally. How much can I make starting with no experience and how much can I make potentially? Thanks for any info…..

dknol answers:

At the start you will have to work at a Health Club that will assist you in gaining clients. This will not pay much at all. Hourly Wage rate about $15 per hour. The key is to gain a good reputation, get referrals from clients and build you own “practice”. Once you are established it is conceivable to make $50- $100 per hour with a successful book of business.

Ultimately, without having a private practice or following, your income limitations are somewhere around $25,000-$40,000

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