Learn how to Become Healthier
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The course requires approximately 100 hours of study. We find most students complete 100 hours in three to six months, but it depends on you and how much time you have for studying.
Eight lessons as follows:
1. Industry Overview
- Scope of the health and fitness industries
- Defining fitness
- Resources and networking
- Aerobic fitness
2. Modern Lifestyle Problems
- Health risks and physical activity
- Hazardous substances
- Food allergies
- Health care strategy for an aging population
- Wellbeing of special demographic groups: pregnant women, children, obese people, people with disabilities etc
3. Human Nutrition
- Nutrition basics
- Carbohydrates, proteins, fats
- Dietary fibre, vitamins,
- Balanced diet
- The food pyramid
- Principles of weight loss
- Dietary protein intake and physical activity
- Food combining
4. Healthy Eating
- Nutrition and diet problems
- Nutritive value with cooking and processing
- Plant foods
- Processing food
- Canning and pasteurisation
- Freezing, drying, etc
5. Stress Management
- Body changes caused by stress
- Muscle response
- Gastrointestinal response
- Cardiovascular response
- Stress management program
- Easy living
- Stress cures
- Drugs and alcohol
6. Preventative Health
- Responsibility for your own health
- Self esteem
- Managing your own career
- Decision making
- Emotional security
- Problem solving
- Personal style inventory
- Motivations and barriers for exercise
7. Alternative Medicine
- Herbal medicines
- Complimentary therapies
- Pain points; trigger points
- Counselling and psychological therapies
- Relaxation therapies
- Other therapies
8. Basic First Aid
- Soft tissue injuries
- Shock and fainting
- Strains, sprains and dislocations
- Heat and cold
- Eye injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Health promotion at work
- Describe the nature and scope of the Health and Fitness Industry
- Discuss a range of modern lifestyle problems
- Describe nutritional requirements for a well balanced diet
- Determine appropriate dietary requirements for different demographic groups.
- Describe stress management strategies for different people.
- Outline basic preventative strategies and how they can be implemented
- Evaluate the usefulness of alternative medical practices in treating and preventing illness.
- Recommend first aid practices appropriate to a range of problems.
WHAT YOU WILL DO IN THIS COURSE
This course aims to develop an understanding of health and wellbeing that can be applied to design a personal fitness program. Below is a list of some activities and tasks that you will complete in this course:
- Create a resource file of health and fitness related businesses, contacts, services etc.
- Interview people to learn how they rate their health and fitness and what they do improve/maintain them.
- Identify ways to overcome a health/fitness problem in your own life.
- Identify different food allergies and ways to deal with them.
- Identify eating and nutritional disorders and describe possible treatments.
- Explain how age, level of activity, gender and other factors affect their dietary needs.
- Explain the principle of food combining.
- List the effects of alcohol abuse.
- Explain how high self esteem is achieved, and consider positive and negative effects.
- Identify services in your area that offer natural therapies and what they entail.
- Find out what first aid courses are available in your region, and what is entailed.
- List items that should be kept in a basic first aid kit.
- Describe the procedure for dealing with a broken bone.
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Improve Your Wellbeing at Work
There are various ways that we can help to improve our well-being. This will depend on the organisation, not all will offer all of these things, but these are just suggestions –
- Massage chairs can be a useful, quick way to de-stress
- Visiting masseuse/masseur – Some firms may have people come in at certain times, such as lunch times and offer massages to reduce stress.
- Games room – many people find computer games or games such as snooker, pool, table tennis a useful way to distress. Having a games room can be a good way to do this.
- Depending on the firm, some will offer the services of a counsellor. For example, if you worked for an organisation dealing with tense situations or you were a counsellor, then a counsellor might also be offered for staff as a way to debrief and de-stress.
- A supervisor or manager may also be available to help staff discuss any issues or find techniques to reduce their stress levels.
- Reduce working hours – sometimes the amount of hours a person works can be stressful. Trying to fit in too much work can cause stress. Helping a person to reduce their work load or reduce the amount of time they are at work by being better organised can reduce stress levels.
- Changing tasks – sometimes we can become very stressed with a certain task. It might be time consuming or difficult. We might start to make mistakes, not be able to find a solution. Taking a break from the task and doing something else or just going for a quick cup of coffee or a chat with someone else can actually help us step back from the task, then come back refreshed – looking at it with fresh eyes.
- Changing routines can have a similar effect. We may have had a routine of how we work for a long time, but it may not necessarily work. It can help to look at how we work, our routines and think whether there are other options. Instead of checking emails all day, why not only check them at set times? Do more complicated work when you are at your best – if you are a morning person, this might be the morning. If you work better after lunch, then this could be your time.
- Take a holiday. If work is getting too much for you, take some time off. You don’t have to literally go away on holiday, you could take a day or so off and spend some time at home doing something different.
- Look at your work environment – is that stressful? Is your desk cluttered with papers? Is there piles of filing? Can you change your work environment? If you find clutter stressful, tidy it up. Piles of paper everywhere can be stressful, planning in your day to file your work or organise it better can make you feel more organised and therefore less stressed.
Sometimes it is moving away from any stressful situation and looking at it with fresh eyes. We have just looked at negative emotions in the home environment, but these emotions can also come into play in a work environment. By stepping back, we might be able to see where something is going wrong and how we can change that.
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Understand more about human health and wellbeing.
This comprehensive introductory course develops an understanding of the nature and scope of human health and wellbeing, and of the health and fitness industry looking at subjects such as nutrition, lifestyle, preventative health, and alternative medicine.
Health and Fitness are simply some of many the different words used to describe people being in good condition. There are many different services and products on offer which promise to improve or maintain a state of wellbeing, and any (or all) of these goods and services might be considered to be part of the health and fitness industry. These can include things as variable as medical services through to sport, recreation and food.
The Health and Fitness industry is not a clearly defined industry. It does have many aspects to it, and it does overlap into many different fields. Your perception of the scope of this field may be limited as you commence this course; but on completing the course it should have broadened considerably; and in doing so your prospects for employment should have also broadened.