Category Archives: Health and Fitness

Drop-in sport sessions for fun

Are you looking for something fun to do over the holidays, or even during term time but have zero dollars, or perhaps none of your friends want to play? Why not try our drop-in sport sessions?  

Play badminton, futsal or volleyball in one of our weekday drop-in sessions, all year round.
Drop-in Sport sessions at the UC RecCentre 

 These sessions are:

  • at set times/days 
  • free to join in (if you’re a UC Student or RecCentre member) 
  • $2 for non-members (so you can bring your friend or flatmate with you for moral support if you need it)
  • open to anyone and everyone – all abilities welcome! 
When and where?
How does it work? 
  • Head to the sportshall at the designated time/day 
  • No-one there? Head to reception. You’re the first to arrive, so we’ll give you the equipment you need to set up 
  • Other people already there , just join in! 

That’s it! No commitment to turn up for a league, but 99% certain to have a few others to play the game with (which, let’s face it, is kinda needed for games like Futsal, Volleyball and Badminton!) 

Ngā mihi 
Te Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec & Sport 

FREE adult swimming lessons with discounted CCC pool memberships

Have you ever thought about learning to swim, or improving how far you can swim? The Rec&Sport team have set up an easy way for you to access 20% off CCC pool memberships, and get free swimming lessons to boot! 

All good, but why should YOU learn to swim? 

Lots of reasons, but here are our top 4: 

  1. Aotearoa New Zealand is an island nation with some beautiful beaches, lakes and rivers to play in and on. You’ll have much more fun if you’re confident you can swim  a few hundred metres to something cool or to safety. 
  2. If you’re new to exercise or injured, it is a fantastic full body, no impact workout to build cardiovascular and muscular strength.  
  3. If you’re a regular exerciser, it’s a great recovery tool between hard workouts. Also, once you ‘get’ the breathing, it can be meditative and calming.  
  4. There are some cool water based sports/activities that you might discover and be able to participate in once you’re confident in the water. 

How to get FREE learn to swim lessons – yes there is a catch

The Rec&Sport team have partnered with CCC, and set up a hassle free way for you to get your hands on a discounted pools membership.  We call it Swim Starter. 

  1. Head to our website and click the link to register 
  2. We’ll send you an email to confirm your membership at the RecCentre 
  3. Take this email to any CCC facility to enjoy 20% off any pool membership (minimum 3mths). 
  4. Now you’re a member of CCC pools, you can book into any Adult Swim lesson.  They’re FREE with pool memberships.                                                                                                                                                                                  It’s important to note that UC Rec&Sport has no further involvement once you’ve got yourself a membership.  You’ll be booking your sessions and buying your membership with the CCC team directly.   

So, whilst you’ll need to get a membership to get the free lessons, that’s a good thing, as the best way to learn a skill is to practice frequently, especially in the early stages. So, book in as many lessons in a short space of time as you can (the holidays are great for this!)  You can also practice in-between lessons, or perhaps just use the sauna, steam room and spa for some relaxation! 

Happy holidays!
Te Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec & Sport 


Make the most of your break – stay active

The benefits of keeping active

The mid-semester break isn’t just a good time to reset and catch up on your studies – it’s also a great time to form new exercise habits. Regular activity helps you feel healthier and less stressed, allowing you to be at your best for your studies.

Te Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec and Sport

With classes running throughout the break, pop into Te Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec Centre to join in on spin, Zumba or even yoga classes. You can view the full timetable and book in here or via the UCGO app>

Not keen to sweat it out in a group? Your Canterbury Card enables you to visit the gym anytime during opening hours:
Monday to Friday, 6am – 9pm
Saturday/Sunday, 9am – 5pm

With a range of facilities (including an indoor rock climbing wall, a dedicated women’s training space, two large court spaces and a squash court), make the most of your free student membership. You also have the option for a personalised exercise consult at a discounted cost.

Intro to Exercise Programme

Feeling a bit intimidated by the gym? Te Ratonga Hākinakina’s Intro to Exercise programmes give you the chance to try a range of activities with other students who want to try something new. Over five weeks, you’ll have access to over 50 sessions, ranging from team sports to hill walks.

Free for UC students, sign up now for the term 2 programme, running from 3 May – 4 June>

Join a Sports Team

Whether you’re into ultimate Frisbee or cheerleading, there are a range of UC Sport and Recreation clubs to get involved with. Check out the full list here>

Get Outdoors

Feeling stuck on an assignment? Sometimes all it takes to get your brain moving is a bit of fresh air. Ōtautahi is known as the garden city for good reason, with a huge range of beautiful green spaces to enjoy, including the nearby Riccarton Bush, Botanic Gardens or Mona Vale. Even a five minute stroll along UC’s Okeover Stream can do the trick!

If you’re looking to go further afield, ChristchurchNZ have put together a fantastic list of walks to explore>

Eating Well

You can only put out what you put in – and as tempting as those mi goreng noodles are, it’s important to eat a range of foods to make sure you can concentrate on campus. For a bunch of quick and easy meal ideas, check out Food in a Minute and impress your flatties!

This mid-semester break, move better, feel better and think better. Karawhiua! (Go for it!)

What else can you do to make the most of the break?