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4 Different Health & Fitness Careers – Salary And Job Description

Health and fitness is a vast field that offers variety of employment opportunities. Apart from being a physical strength trainer or a nutritionist, there are several other health and fitness jobs you can pursue. Here’s a detailed list:

1. Environmental Health officer
People specializing in environmental health monitor water and noise pollution, pesticides, toxic substances, and air quality. They are also required to carry out vector control, conduct inspections at restaurants and promote a healthy housing environment. The EH officer is also required to carry out research on a variety of topics such as communicable disease outbreaks, effects on human health from disasters such as storms and environmental toxins. There are only few professionals who are trained in this field. The growing tainted food outbreaks, failing waste water systems, viruses etc. indicate the need for more environmental health officers.

The salary range for trainees is $40,000 to $55,000 per year. For senior officers, it goes up to $96,000. Private sector jobs pay a higher salary then public sector jobs. Additional benefits include pension schemes, annual leaves and other fringe benefits.

2. Epidemiologist
They are professionals who study disease patterns within populations and attempt to explain them. This research is beneficial as it can lead to discovery of new methods of how to control these diseases. There are research epidemiologist and clinical epidemiologist. The former ones study data collected from different communities, while clinical epidemiologist perform consulting in health care field. When a disease outbreaks, an epidemiologist will be required to study the pattern, and recommend the best action of protection or prevention. They may also be asked to appear in TV and different publications to address the public about the best course of action.

The annual salary on average is $64,500. However, some senior positions can go up to $92,770 annually. The private sector consultants earn the highest at $78,860 on average per year.

3. Recreational therapist
Recreational therapists are responsible for improving the minds of patients by engaging them in recreational activities. The main aim is to teach patients how to live with an injury or disease. To maintain the overall well-being of patients, they design sports, games and craft activities. They may also organize group activities to integrate similar patients into a community. Recreational therapist work in community parks, medical institutions and specialized schools. They are required to keep up-to-date on the available therapeutic resources, which are best for their patients. They also track the progress of the patients over a period of time.

The average annual salary for a mid-level recreational therapist is $45,752 annually.

4. Spin instructor
Spin instructors are required to help students adjust their bikes. They have to teach the use of pedal straps, resistance controls, heart rate monitors and other equipment. The instructors are required to design a workout for different classes, and the workouts need to be customized depending upon different fitness levels of the students. To instruct a class, knowledge of uphill/downhill workouts is required as well. Other duties include keeping up-to-date with the latest fitness trends, and understanding the actual theory. They should have an understanding of diet and mental health as well.

Average salary ranges from $35,000 to $38,000 per year. Senior Spin instructions may earn around $60,000 annually.

If you still have to decide a career, you may choose the options mentioned above. Degrees can be pursued from different universities such as university of Saint Mary, San Francisco etc. College websites such as www.sanfordbrown.edu, wgu.edu and the likes offer health care degrees online, which can be pursued by international and local students from the comfort of their homes. More new health care and fitness fields will be created in the future.

The link between heavy drinking and anxiety disorders revealed

Drinking a lot will make your brain go crazy. Just read about this in a magazine during I’m on a transit from Singapore to UK. Scientists have long recognized a link between anxiety disorders and alcoholism such as PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). People who drink heavily are at increased risk for traumatic events like domestic violence, car accidents, and other unusual activities that normal people don’t normally do.

Those things only partially explains the connection. There’s a new research using mice reveals heavy alcohol use actually rewires brain circuitry. Yep, it will jumble the wires (if there’s any) inside your gray matter. It will be really hard for alcoholics to recover psychologically following a traumatic experience.

Thomas Kash, an assistant professor of pharmacology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, said that “There’s a whole spectrum to how people react to a traumatic event,”. He added that “It’s the recovery that we’re looking at — the ability to say ‘this is not dangerous anymore.’

Their research shows that heavy drinking can cause a deficit with regard to the cognitive brain centers control the emotional brain centers. This research was published today, September 2, 2012, by the journal Nature Neuroscience. It was conducted by researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Here’s the experiment. There are two groups of mice. The scientists gave one group of mice doses of alcohol over a course of one month. It’s equivalent to double the legal driving limit in humans. On the other group, they didn’t give any alcohol. Subsequently, they used mild electric shocks to train all the mice to fear the sound of a discreet tone. When the tone was repeatedly played without the accompanying electricity, the mice with no alcohol exposure stopped fearing it gradually. On the other hand, the group of mice with chronic alcohol exposure froze in place each time the tone was played. It’s like they’re really drunk. They still stopped and did nothing, even though the electric shocks were stopped. This is similar to what is seen in patients with PTSD. They have trouble dealing in emergency situations like this. It’s like, they don’t know what to do at all because they can’t concentrate.

The people who did the experiment traced the aftermath of differences in the neural circuitry of the drunk mice. Comparing the brains of the mice, researchers noticed nerve cells in the prefrontal cortex of the mice with chronic alcohol exposure. They actually had a different shape than those of mice with no alcohol exporuse.

Isn’t it amazing? So that’s why we shouldn’t drink heavily, just moderately.

Continuous Savings Can Truly Save

Of all these years that you’ve been working so hard to live, have you ever started saving for the future? There would come a time that you’ll reach physical incapability and working is no longer doable. If a person was able to save, reaching this particular time is not something to be feared of.

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For a common person, savings are most likely in a form of money in a bank account. It may be intended for a future use like inevitable health-related instances wherein money is of great need. Some savings are also intended for their children’s education while others are investments hoping that someday it will increase its value and add up to their present holdings. Savings are important, however you want to get a grasp on your expenses too to be sure you are saving. Many individuals overlook the insurance plans whether it be car, home, of life insurance. When you are shopping for auto insurance you want to be sure not to overlapped your expenses. For example you could have roadside assistance on your policy and not realize that you may have the plan on your credit card, such as Chase Sapphire. When you truly want to save then you have to look at your expense too and insurance is one area you could look when trying to save.
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