Category Archives: Health and Fitness

Are you ready for the Group Fitness Challenge 2021?

Do you need a little something to motivate you to exercise regularly? Or maybe you fancy winning prizes just for exercising?    Read on to find out all about the Group Fitness Challenge at the UC RecCentre!

UC RecCentre – mega class to celebrate Pink Shirt Day, where GF Challenge Participants earned 3 stamps for their efforts.
The Challenge
  • Complete 50 or 100 classes between Monday March 15th and Sunday October 24th, 2021 (aim high!)
  • Collect stamps at every group fitness, zone and SGT session you attend, at the end of your class.
  • Two prize draws – $1500 value prize for 100 classes completed (that’s 3-4 per week) and a separate draw for 50 classes completed valued at $750 (around 1-2 classes per week).
  • Spot prizes and monthly prize draws exclusively for entrants, so even if you don’t win the big two, or make 50 classes, you’ll still be in to win!
  • Head over to our website for more information
Registrations open now!
  • Registration is just $15, or $10 if you earlybird it by 15th March.
  • As you make your way through the class diary we’ll give you, you’ll earn free stuff from us (like Zone classes, BCS scans and discounts on our services), worth more than the entry fee!  It’s a no-brainer really….

If you’ve got any questions, check out the website first, or have a chat to one of our Group Fitness instructors. You can also email us. Sign up is at the front desk, so don’t delay!

Ngā mihi
Te Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec&Sport 

UC Student Blogger: Keeping active

When you need to take some time out from study, there are heaps of sports sessions and fitness classes you can try at the UC RecCentre. Find out more from one of our UC Student Bloggers:  

Did you know as a UC student you get access to the RecCentre for FREE?

The RecCentre is a fantastic resource for students. Not only does exercise help you stay fit and healthy, it can also prime your brain for study, and even help you to make new friends.

Whether you are a new or returning student it can be easy to get swept up in the excitement and busyness of a new semester. As your social calendar starts to fill up, and your assignments begin to build up, it is important to take time out for your physical and mental health.

Staying active is essential to wellbeing.  People who exercise regularly have a lower risk of developing many diseases as they age, sleep better, and have reduced feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. Studies show that exercise is especially important for students. Students are extremely likely to feel stressed, especially during busy periods such as exam weeks and those who exercise regularly report improved stress management. In addition, studies have shown that exercise increases blood flow to the brain. This helps the body to build more connections between nerves, leading to increased concentration and better memory allowing for more effective study.

The RecCentre has a wide range of equipment and even offers personal training for a reduced fee compared to other gyms. For people like myself who are unsure of what to do in the gym, group fitness classes are also offered. There is a large variety in classes from HIIT workouts, to pump, yoga, or Zumba. Classes make each workout more fun, and it is easier to stay motivated when you exercise with other people. Most of the classes are completely free for students, while some cost only a small fee.

UC also offers many different sports and you don’t have to have a team together to sign up. If you are want to try a new hobby this year, trying out a new sport is a great option. You get all of the great benefits of exercise, while also meeting new friends.

For more information about keeping active at UC visit:

UC Student Blogger: Keeping the balance

Being active is essential for your wellbeing, helping you stay fit (both physically and mentally), improve concentration and sleep, and reduce fatigue. Joining group classes and sports are also a great way to meet new people. Find out how to make the most of everything UC, and Ōtautahi Christchurch, has to offer from one of our Student Bloggers: 

Keeping active is one of the ways that you will be able to stay focused throughout your studies. Having some sort of balance is very important but often overlooked. University is where you have a choice to develop either healthy or unhealthy habits. Try your best to make sure you have a few solid healthy habits set before the partying sets in.

Getting active in groups is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to socialise. Joining one of UC’s social sport groups, or something more niche like the climbing club or tramping club will get you exercising but also meeting new people.

During my first semester; I wasn’t active enough at all. I just went out, went to class and went to work. No exercise that I went out of my way to do. Things changed the following semester, I slowly got more involved in RecCentre classes like Zumba and pilates with my flatmates. It’s fun to go in a group and it made me feel a lot more balanced. The RecCentre is a fantastic resource, and it’s completely free for UC students. You do need to register on your first visit but after that you’re good to go for a year. Pretty much everyone has an activity or class that will appeal to them so get amongst it.

2020 was when I got back into skiing. I always associated this activity with my parents but making friends who like heading up to Mt Hutt changed all this. I’m not a gym rat but I love being outside and in Christchurch we have pretty much everything you could ever want available to you. There are great bike tracks in the Port Hills, Bottle Lake Forest, McLeans Island and the Adventure Park. Walks are pretty much everywhere. My personal favourites are the uphill climb at the Adventure Park and doing Rapaki on a warm day. Pegasus beach is great if you have a dog, and you can’t really go wrong with a walk around Hagley Park and Mona Vale.

Make the most of everything we’ve got around us.