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UC RecCentre | How safe is it to use the gym?

The RecCentre has been open for a couple of weeks now, and in the first week, we’ve seen just over 620 members, across 1355 visits, have a safe and enjoyable experience at the gym.  We’ve recorded 1355 visits, some of you have been just once, whilst others have come a bit more frequently.  So, how safe is the gym?

Girl on treadmill

Based on what we know, Covid-19 appears to be spread primarily through close personal contact with an infected person, or potentially  through touching high contact surfaces. So, gyms don’t necessarily pose a risk greater than any other public space where people gather. Our team have taken extra precautions to keep you safe, and there are few things you can do as well to reduce your risk of becoming sick.

  • Physical distancing – 2m between exercisers at all times, sadly no high fives or physical assists/spots at this time
  • Cleaning – our team cleans down high touch points every 90mins, and our members have their own disinfecting kit to clean down equipment before and after use .  In addition, our gym is part of the UC fogging schedule
  • Hand & Face Hygiene – sanitiser stations are everywhere, including on arrival. Bathrooms are available to wash your hands with soap and water for 20secs. Also, try to remember to not touch your face!
  • Reduced capacity – having less people in the gym and classes, means it’s easier for you to keep your distance
  • Bookings essential – we can easily comply with track and tracing requirements, and you can avoid FOMO by booking your workout session.  We clear the building at the end of every session, so we can do the high touchpoint cleaning and manage our entry & exit points for physical distancing
  • Stay home – we expect our staff to stay home if they feel unwell.  We expect our members to do the same.  We have over 100 recorded workouts on our YouTube channel if you feel good enough to exercise, but that little tickle in your throat or allergies says you should stay home.

As we progress through Alert Level 2, the team aims to open up more services and facilities, allowing greater capacity in the gym, longer opening hours  and the return of sport. We’ve seen some great etiquette so far, and if this continues we should see this progress nicely.

Noho ora mai – take care and stay well
UC Rec & Sport

The RecCentre will be closed on Queen’s Birthday

The UC RecCentre will be closed on Monday 1 June – Queen’s Birthday. We will be open on Saturday and Sunday, with the usual booking systems in place.

Our team has been working super hard to open the facility under Alert Level 2 restrictions, and we’ve been delighted with the uptake and positive response.

So, we’re taking our own advice, and in order to look after you the best we can, we first need to look after ourselves. With this in mind, the whole team will be taking Monday 1 June off, so we can recharge our own wellbeing dials.

You can still get your exercise fix on our YouTube channel, and flip back through some of our 100+ recorded classes and workouts.
Or if you’re looking to develop your own self-care habit, check out these 151 ideas!

We thank you for your great work in returning to the gym safely, and for your ongoing support.

UC Rec&Sport Team

Breathe Well to Be Well

We all breathe, but the big question is,  ARE we breathing well, and what IS breathing well?

Breathing well can increase oxygen intake, calm the body and mind, reduce feelings of stress and anxiousness, and reduce heart rate and blood pressure. Calm breathing prevents excessive output of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, because it signals to the brain that you are safe –  there are no tigers chasing you!  In the end practicing breathing well helps you in everyday life where you may feel a sense of ease and feel more uplifted.

How do we breathe?

Housed in our rib cage are two large bags  connected to the outside world through a complex network, somewhat like  bunches of grapes.   These are our lungs, and it is where the magic of ‘gas exchange’ happens.  We breathe in oxygen, that oxgyen is taken to our body in our blood, and at the same time, we are breathing carbon dioxide out.

Breathing is automatic.  Our brain automatically activates the diaphragm and rib cage muscles along with some neck muscles to keep up breathing.  The muscles at the base of our ribs need to be working well first to pull the air into the base of the lungs, rather than the ones at the top.  If we top breathe, we reduce the amount of oxygen into our lungs.  So, to breathe well, we need to use ALL of our lungs.

Try to practice your breathing at least once per day and see how it can help you.   You could also download an app that takes you through the process, and we’ve made some recommendations at the end.

If you’d prefer to watch and learn,  check out Tina explaining it all in more detail, and the breathing technique, on our YouTube Channel. 

Here is a simple technique we can do to practice breathing well.

1. Wrap your hands around your lower rib cage on either side
2. Slowly breathe in through your nose expanding the base of your chest and watch your belly rise (count for 4 seconds)
3. Slowly breathing out through pursed lips for 6 seconds keeping your shoulders down and neck relaxed
4. Repeat this 5 times to exercise your diaphragm

Apps you can download to help you improve your breathing

Universal Breathing – pranayama: https://www.saagara.com/apps/breathing/universal-breathing-pranayama
Paced breathing: http://pacedbreathing.blogspot.com/
Relax Stess and Anxiety Relief: https://www.saagara.com/apps/breathing/relax
Prana Breath: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.abdula.pranabreath
Breathing Zone: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/breathing-zone/id369838631

Rec & Sport Team