Why seek qualified service for our bodies?
We ensure our cars are serviced by qualified mechanics so why do we not ensure we are seeking qualified service for our bodies?
Running a car is often a large investment and a material item we heavily rely on every day. When something goes wrong with our cars it is a major inconvenience and we make it a priority to get it sorted. We ensure our cars are serviced on time, we trust our mechanics and when something goes wrong, we are sure to complain.
So why do we not have the same standards when it comes to our bodies and our health?
The fitness industry is heavily populated with a multitude of ‘fitness professionals’, ‘health experts’, ‘health coaches’ and ‘health professionals’. Throw social media fitness influencers in there as well and we have an extremely competitive industry to choose from and a multitude of different and often controversial fitness and health related advice. It is fair to say that everyone has a role in the fitness industry to improve the level of health and reduce the ever-growing financial burden of chronic disease in Australia. Statistics show that approximately 90% of Australians are not meeting the minimum exercise guidelines on a weekly basis.
What are the levels of qualifications?
Level 3 – Group Fitness Instructor
Level 4 – Personal Training
Level 7 – Exercise Sport Scientist
Level 9 – Exercise Physiologist
So how do you know who is the right fitness professional to invest in?
- Assess your current health. Are you currently managing some health conditions including blood pressure or pre-diabetes?
- Assess your current fitness level. Think about the last time your routinely engaged in exercise.
- Consider your barriers for currently not exercising. Is it the fear of being sore or getting injured?
- Consider what you are willing to invest to achieve improved levels of health and fitness.
Once you have assessed your considerations you can move to the levels of qualification and find your most suited professional based on the below: