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The Fitness Zone

Gain self-confidence and motivation with a fitness career
May 3, 2011

Choosing a career can be a difficult choice at the best of times. There are plenty of jobs to choose from these days, varying from anything in an office to outside in forests and farms. Generally, there is a job to suit anyone, no matter what their interests are. Careers in the health and fitness arena have been gaining momentum in recent years. Because more and more people are looking to improve their overall health and wellbeing, there has been an increased need for health and fitness experts, such as personal trainers. But, personal trainers are not the only career option for working in health and fitness. 

Have you got a passion for health? Do you feel strongly about exercise and nutrition? Have you always wondered what it would be like to feel motivated to go to work each day? You may find that a career in the health and fitness industry means that you have greater enjoyment for your work and you may never feel like you’re ‘working’ ever again! As the saying goes; you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.

There is more to life than money, without a doubt. The benefits of a career that you're passionate about are worth something that money cannot buy. Of course, we all have bills to pay, families and friends that need our financial support, whilst we still try to save some money for our own needs… or that nice pair of boots for winter! However, earning money shouldn’t be your main motivation in life. It’s important to have a sense of fulfillment within your career, and ensure that it gives you a deeper satisfaction that just a paycheck at the end of the week. Carving out a career niche in the fitness industry is one way to fulfil personal needs, and still make a living from it. If you've got an entrepreneurial and positive spirit, read on.

Finding your niche within the health and fitness industry

Career choices in the fitness industry range from personal trainer, group fitness instructor and pilates expert, to exercise and nutrition analyst or cruise ship fitness co-ordinator. There are so many different avenues that you can travel down within this industry. Why not get a qualification in more than one? There are many creative career niche choices in the fitness and health industry, with flexibility to shape a career around your strengths and interests. You can use your passions to narrow down your career options and find your own niche market in health and fitness. If you enjoy health and beauty, massage therapy will be a great option, as you can help people to recover easily after injury and workouts. Or, you may be sociable and love bringing a whole team together. In this case, working as a group exercise trainer may be the perfect role for you. It is always important to have a think about what you’re passionate about specifically, and see where it fits in the fitness industry.

Gaining self-confidence through a job you’re passionate about

The benefits of working in the fitness industry can include a deep sense of satisfaction when you help clients achieve their goals, and when you’re there to help them through the challenges throughout their journey. Knowing that you helped your client to get where they want to be can truly be a special feeling. It's a feel-good factor and if this is what drives your sense of fulfilment, then a fitness career could be an excellent option. There aren’t many other roles out there that have a more hands-on approach to helping others achieve their goals much like working in health and fitness.

Knowing that you can help others can be a huge boost to your own self-confidence. You can feel a huge sense of achievement when you can help others achieve their goals. Add to this the fact that you feel passionate about your work, and you will never feel like you’re going to work another day in your life. Feeling great positivity and motivation to help others can make your work life feel so much easier, day in and day out. In fact, motivation and positivity can be infectious. If your clients see that you love what you’re doing in everyday life, this could be just the motivation they need to get their exercise or workout completed for the day.

Endless benefits to a career in personal training

When you embark on a fitness career, you'll naturally benefit from the change as you work in a positive, motivating field whilst leading a healthy, active lifestyle. There are so many benefits to working in the health and fitness industry. If you own your own personal training business, you can adapt your working hours to suit your lifestyle and gain self-confidence as you enjoy the profitable results of a successful career. You can adapt your work-life balance to suit your own responsibilities and needs, and you will have a job you love, all at the same time as getting the kids ready for school in the mornings. The first step to gaining a job you love in the fitness industry is getting qualified. Once you have completed your certifications, you can gain a deeper understanding of working within the role of your choice and begin embarking on your role to helping others. From here, you can specialise in an area that you love and never work another day again!

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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