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Studying Personal Care and Fitness abroad

Why should you study Personal Care and Fitness abroad? Learn about how our obsession for the ‘perfect’ body can influence what you study...

Studying Personal Fitness and Health abroad

What is Personal Care and Fitness?

Personal Care and Fitness deals with how we take care of our physical bodies and wellbeing. Unlike Medicine which addresses real health issues and problems which could cause harm to us, Personal Care and Fitness can focus more on improving our bodies aesthetically – enhancing our bodies and features so we meet what is culturally-considered to be ‘beautiful’ – and how we feel. There can be some overlap when it comes to rehabilitation for an injury (mental or physical) as well as the preventative measures we can take to avoid real health concerns.



Why study Personal Care and Fitness?

We hear it all the time that the expansion of the media in the last century has had a negative effect on how we look at our own bodies in relation to others’. No matter how many positive media campaigns tell us to be proud of our bodies, many will continue to obsess about how they look and do everything they can to meet the standards of beauty which society has perpetuates. Plus everyone wants to feel better and live longer. As a result of both of these, the field of Personal Care and Fitness has exploded in recent years as people are inspired to improve their physical appearance and wellbeing. Thus there’s never been a better time to begin a career in this area.

Plus if you’re already someone who prides themselves in how they look and feel, you can find a career which matches up with your personal outlook and way of life which is a great motivation for yourself. Everyone has insecurities about some part of their physical appearance while many struggle when it comes to their personal fitness. Imparting knowledge and supporting them as they transform themselves can be hugely rewarding.



Who would be good at studying Personal Care and Fitness?

Those who already take pride in their personal care and fitness will likely relish the opportunity to take something they’re already passionate about in their private lives, and study it in more detail. Many underestimate that there is an entire science behind personal health, from what you eat to how your muscles respond. If you study health and fitness, you should expect to be in a good to excellent physical shape so you can serve as an example. Keep in mind that any field which is centred around how you look can be very image-conscious. Many of the careers you progress on to will involve speaking to individuals on a one-to-one basic about things they feel vulnerable about and how you can help them solve these; so someone with a friendly, down-to-earth and personable manner would do well in this area.



What is the criteria for studying a Personal Care and Fitness course?

A high school qualification in physical education and biology would be useful for some of the courses which fall under Personal Care and Fitness.

You should always check the entry requirements for a course with the university themselves.



What specific courses can I study?



What can you do with a Personal Care and Fitness qualification?

Look at a celebrity on a red carpet; you may be surprised to learn just how many individuals had a hand in making them look as glamorous as possible. This throws up many possible careers where you can help make people look and feel their absolute best. Here are a few career paths you can pursue as a Personal Care and Fitness graduate:

  • Personal trainer
  • Hair and makeup artist
  • Hairdresser
  • Beauty therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Chiropractor
  • Sports coach

With many of these roles, if you manage to get the right clients, you can find yourself travelling the world as part of your work.

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