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A future in Exercise Science
By Amber Gragert
Health and fitness has been a subject of great importance since Adam and Eve. God has told us through scripture that our bodies are a temple and it is important to take care of them as such. 1st Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.”
In this day and age, with the influence of social media and with the ease of accessibility regarding news on health, more and more people are concerned with being healthier and stronger versions of themselves than ever before. Obtaining your degree in exercise science could help you be the professional people turn to for help with reaching their own health and fitness goals.
What precisely is exercise science and what can you do with that field of study? According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, exercise science is the scientific study of human movement performed to maintain or improve physical fitness. With exercise science as your career major, the options for a professional in this area are wide open under the category of health and fitness but also in select medical profession realms. Other professions that are similar to exercise science would include exercise physiology, kinesiology, movement science and fitness & wellness. This degree would be a great stepping stone for jobs in the fitness industry in general including training, strength coaching, managing a gym or even as a director of a corporate wellness program. Perhaps a career as clinical exercise specialist or exercise physiologist in cardiac rehab in the medical field interests you? If you continue to further your exercise science education after you receive your bachelor’s degree, you may want to work towards a master's degree or even a doctorate degree. This could lead to a profession in something like sports medicine and could open doors into the pro sports arena if that is your passion.
Positive traits to naturally have or develop further would include interest in the physical anatomy, working well with people from all backgrounds, sensitivity to others, a desire to stay up to date on the latest medical recommendations and how to apply them in this field, one who is observant and enjoys helping and motivating others reach their own goals.
Should you choose to continue your education you can move higher in your profession, receiving higher pay, become a chair on the board of a hospital or perhaps move on to teaching exercise science as a professor for a university.
As you can see, a degree in exercise science is very versatile. This degree can provide a strong educational background for your very own health and fitness career as well as provide a stepping stone into a graduate or healthcare professional program.