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Summer Social Sport is here!

We know, you’re probably really sad that social sport has finished for the year. We are too, except now we aren’t, because for the first time, we’re offering (drum roll please) summer social sport leagues at night!    

social netball game
Game of social netball at UC RecCentre
It’s even better at night

That’s right…we’re offering social sport in the evenings for summer – so you can enjoy the beautiful days of sunshine, or that summer job, and nip in for a 30min bash of netball or basketball.  We’ve got dodgeball on Saturday lunchtime as well.  Fitness, fun and hanging out with your mates all in one. 

Bring your friends! 

Don’t forget, our social leagues aren’t just for students! We offer a discounted rate for UC Students -$100 per team, for all five weeks of the league, and just $120 for other teams. Not a member? No problem – just sign in for your game each week.  

When and where?

All at the RecCentre! Netball on Mondays, Basketball on Wednesdays, games between 6.15pm and 9pm. Dodgeball on Saturdays between 12 – 2pm.  Parking is free at that time, right outside the door in the Kirkwood carpark, or what we like to call, VIP parking. Competition runs between November 16th and December 19th. 

Registrations are open now, so head over to the RecCentre to register your team or for more information contact gary.gin@canterbury.ac.nz

Happy moving!
UC Rec&Sport 

Quick tips to boost your mental focus and lose the brain fog

Move Better. Feel Better. Think Better.    

If there’s one thing that will help you sharpen your focus and get you back on the study train, it’s getting a little bit of movement into your day. 

Gamechanger

You know how you feel a little fuzzy in the brain some days, and can’t think straight?  The common response is to reach for a(nother) coffee or energy drink and maybe something a little sweet or savoury. In fact, you could do better for yourself by reaching for water and a little exercise snack.

Short-term response 

The brain is a wonderful thing. A 10min, one-time burst of activity can boost your brain power, at least temporarily. Other studies have shown similar benefits for 20min bouts. So, even if you feel you can’t commit to a long-term programme, or a longer excursion to the gym/park/pool, there’s no reason you can’t reap the benefits of exercise throughout your day.  Utilise those 10min study breaks with a little brisk activity!  It could also be part of your exam day strategy!  
How does the water help?  Our bodies and brain need to be optimally hydrated to optimally function. Front load your day with a big glass of water with breakfast, then keep the water bottle handy and sip, sip, sip away the day. Bonus – you may even help clear up your skin, improve digestion and promote healthy muscles & recovery. Don’t forget to take your water with you to your exam!

What do I have to do to get these benefits?

Anything that gets you a little huffy and puffy, to release the happy brain chemicals. But don’t overdo it, or you might feel too tired! 

If you need some inspiration, we’ve got you covered. Head to the Rec&Sport app (it’s free to download), make sure you have joined the RecCentre (it’s levy funded, but you do need to register), and then within 24hours you can access a library of on-demand workouts. You can watch our handy 3min ‘how to’ guide on Youtube, or just figure it out in-app. The classes from 10 mins – 45mins, covering kickboxing, yoga, pilates, barre and HIIT workouts. These classes will be free to all students throughout your exams.  

If you can’t get the app, we also have our lockdown classes saved on our YouTube channel, saved in handy playlists, so you can go back and do some of these at your leisure.  

Good luck with your exams everybody. 
UC Rec&Sport 

Be active for wellbeing

Be active is one of the five ways to wellbeing (along with giving, learning, connecting and taking notice). But, exactly how much is enough, or too much? 

It’s information overload out there!

A quick look on Instragram or YouTube and you’ll find a vast number of people pushing fitness products, programmes and services. Do you need them? Probably not. Or maybe. It entirely depends on what motivates you, what you like to do, what you don’t like to do, and how much time you’ve got to focus on your physical health. But, why would you? 

Your health is your key to happiness and wellbeing 

If you’ve missed it, being physically active is a major contributor to your positive mental health, and thus your ability to cope with stressful times. Being a student definitely has stressful times, particularly as we approach exams or for our thesis writers out there, milestones and self-imposed deadlines. So, if you can find 30mins a day to move your body in a way that makes you happy, you’ll be doing yourself a world of good.   

Get inspired!

Fun fact – have you noticed when you stop studying and go for a little walk (or more intense exercise), you have great ideas all of a sudden? We’re not sure why, but a little boost of hormones and oxygen to the brain might have something to do with it! So, if you find yourself in a little rut, get up off your chair and head outside or up the stairwell and boost your brain activity. 

Need some more help?

If you’re ready to take the next step, and get some tailored advice, then step over to the UCRecCentre. We’ve got a team of Fitness Consultants ready to help. We can sit down, listen to your goals and dreams, identify how much time you have, what makes you tick, and then help you write an exercise plan that will work for you. It might be gym based, or you might prefer a home based or even using our on demand classes and Rec&Sport app. If that sounds like a bright idea to you, head over to our reception or call us on 369 2433 and make a booking. For UC Students, a SteerMe is usually $20, but until Wednesday 7th October, it’s just $10.   

If you’re more of a self-starter, head into our app and assign yourself a beginner workout from the programmes on offer. There are a range of beginner, intermediate and advanced programmes to choose from. If you want a little help to navigate the app, book in for a GymStart with us (it’s free) and we’ll show you how to use it.  

Good luck with your new exercise routine!