Category Archives: Health and Fitness

UC RecCentre On-demand is here – exercise anywhere, anytime

Are you struggling to find time to get to the gym, or don’t know which online workout to choose; or maybe they all look too hard or too long?  Maybe you’ve thought about coming to a class, but are a bit nervous that you’re not fit enough?

The Rec&Sport team are super excited to let you know that our new in-app on demand service is now here! You can get moving in the comfort of your home, and even your pyjamas!

What is it?

It’s over 100 classes, ranging from stretching, warm-ups, HIIT, pilates and yoga from Technogym Master trainers. The classes range from 10mins to 45mins, and you can start and stop them to suit.  They’re graded from beginner to advanced, so there is something for everyone. So, you can start your wellness journey by just rolling out of bed and do some morning stretching with your app.  Presto – morning self-care routine – done!

What do I need to do to get it?

As a member, you just need to get the Rec&Sport app. If you’ve already got the app, then update it and the link will appear. You can watch this 3min video that Gary made for you, to show you how to use the app, including how to find the filters.

Is it free?

Yes – for a limited time!  We’re making it free for all members until Friday 16th October 2020. Remember, all students can get a membership with us for no additional cost – it’s funded by your student levy. So, if you haven’t joined yet, head over to our website and get your membership. 

What about RecCentre instructors? Can I do their classes on the app?

Soon! Our team will record and upload some content, so you’ll be able to experience our classes at home as well.  A great way to see what it’s like here, before stepping in the door. We’ll also be setting up some livestreams of selected classes, so keep checking in!

See you soon, at the gym or in the app!
UC Rec&Sport Team

Win a Fitbit Charge 2!

Do you want to win a Fitbit Charge 2? Read on and find out how!

What active recreation do you want to see on campus? 

Before arriving at Uni, you may have thought that you’d have load of time to hit the gym, get swole or generally be healthier right? The reality of it is often quite different, and there are a huge number of reasons you may have found it difficult to get or keep active once you started university. The team at UC Rec&Sport want to help you with that balance, and we understand that going to the gym is not everyone’s ‘thing’. So, we want to understand what other recreation activity would help you be active for your wellbeing. 

Take a 3 min survey and tell us what you think

Yup, just 3mins. It’s all about you, how you feel about exercise, and what active recreation UC can put in place to help you find balance.  What’s more, upon completion, we’ll put you in the draw for a Fitbit Charge 2! We’ll also have some runner up prize draws for 3x $50 Rec&Sport vouchers, which you can spend on merchandise and services at the UC RecCentre.  

Simply follow the link to our online survey, fill it out and you’re all done.  The survey closes on Sunday 13 September, so don’t delay!  This survey is ONLY for UC Students. 

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact kat.henderson@canterbury.ac.nz 

Thanks
UC Rec&Sport 

Six tips on how to avoid skipping your exercise session

Does this sound familiar? It’s the end of a long day at uni, you’ve made it home, and suddenly the plans to exercise are looking sketchy at best! Take heart, you’re not alone – but before skipping a day becomes skipping a week or a month and all your wins are lost,  here are our top tips to stay on track.   

1. Drink a glass of water 

Often times, tiredness is caused by dehydration. Drinking a glass of water can help revive you enough to get your mojo back for a short bout of exercise. Whilst there is no universal amount of water that one should drink , drink enough throughout the day so that you don’t feel thirsty, but not so much that you’re in the toilet all day. 

2. Put some workout clothes on 

The simple act of changing into some workout clothes and shoes can  be motivating in itself. You’re halfway there right? Now all you need to do is…

3.  Run on the spot for 1min

Yep. 1min. That could be enough to get some happiness hormones like dopamine flowing. Yep, training can make you happy. Once you’ve started, you might even keep going, especially if you double down with…

4. Amping tunes 

It’s well known that exercise can improve physical performance, with good music enabling people to exercise longer and harder. Choose music you enjoy and the right pace for the activity you’re doing.   

5. Be kind to yourself 

Missing a workout isn’t the end of the world, but it sure can feel like it sometimes! Try not to linger on it, and instead start with the four tips above and get yourself moving again, even a 15min walk around the block counts! Who knows? It could be the start of something great! 

6. Bring in the professionals (and this is where we can help)

If these little tactics aren’t helping, it could be time to bring in the professionals! Signing up for a one-on-one session with a fitness pro can help you break plateaus, get  have some fun with exercise again and help reset good habits. Check out more reasons to get a trainer!

The RecCentre offers super prices on PushMe training, and right now we have an introductory offer for First-Time PushMe clients, so you can experience the value yourself. Students can buy one session for just $20 (usually $30), with absolutely no obligation to continue – but we reckon you’ll love it!   

Be well!

UC Rec&Sport