Kinesiology is the study of human motion. Have you ever noticed when a race horse runs all of its muscles are visible and you can see how different parts of the body work in synch to make the gallop possible? Well, to a Kinesiology major we’re all horses under examination, and the process of what makes us move is fascinating.
Kinesiology majors don’t just like to study motion, they like to move. They are busy and active. They like to work out, and may even enjoy teaching fitness classes. They like to look and feel their best and integrate physical fitness into their daily life so that they can.
Kinesiology majors are good motivators. They work well with people and can explain things simply. While they have an extensive knowledge of human anatomy, many of the people they’ll help won’t, so they’re able to simplify things and make them understandable at any level.
Couch potatoes need not apply. You have to practice what you preach in this major, and that’s movement, movement, movement.
This is a heavy anatomy field. You’ll take classes in human anatomy and physiology, nutrition and sports medicine. You’ll also dissect all the current exercise fads and find out why yoga works and what it’s useful for, why pool therapy is best for individuals with injuries, and how massage therapy can be an essential part of the healing process.
With their knowledge of how the human body works while in motion, most Kinesiology majors find work putting bodies in motion. They find jobs in the health and wellness industry, or in exercise physiology. With more and more communities starting up wellness centers and focusing on community health, Kinesiology majors are well suited to work as fitness directors.
Take any health science classes your high school offers. You’ll also want to make sure you’ve got the basics of biology covered – it will make your anatomy classes go that much smoother.
You may not have to look far for an internship opportunity – there may be internships available on campus, in fact, or at least chances for you to get college credit while working on research. Ask your adviser or professors what kind of opportunities there are and jump right on them.