Category Archives: Health and Fitness

Exams and exercise – connected in so many ways

Exams are rolling around, and this brings with it a great deal of internal and external pressure to perform well. Rest assured, you are not alone in feeling the fleeting burden of exams. Fortunately, there are many techniques you can tap into to help manage your stress and optimise your study time, one of which is exercise.  

Exercise needs to be in the master plan

Exercise improves our fitness, but it can also help develop your brainpower. The theory is that as you exercise, you strengthen the connections between your brain cells, which in turn, improves your learning and memory skills. So, in theory at least, you should be better equipped to absorb information as you study. That is why when making your study schedule, be sure to schedule in some exercise breaks too.

Creativity can be boosted during and after your workout. Think back to when some of your best ideas have appeared. How many were when you were at your study desk? Chances are, you were out getting fresh air, chatting with friends and giving your brain a little break.

Finally, being active is one of the five ways to wellbeing. Staying well will keep you in a healthy frame of mind, and better equipped to handle the added stress of exam time.

During exams, your priorities will likely change, so perhaps adapt your thinking around exercise. There’s no need to keep up the marathon gym sessions! If you want to maintain your gains, then utilise the maintenance principle of exercise, and cut down your gym time for the short term.  Or if you exercise primarily for fun and social reasons, then look at choosing your favourite activities, or sport commitments, and keep those up first. Another approach might be to snack on exercise – little 1min bouts of activity throughout the day.

There is a lot of information out there, but if it’s all a bit overwhelming, then why not  book in with for a FREE 15min consultation with a fitness consultant at the RecCentre? Our staff will look over your programme (bring it with you), and help you choose a shorter, smarter exercise plan to see you through your exams.

Good luck!

UC RecCentre

Spin concession card special – win a prize pack

Now it’s even cheaper to get your spin fix at the RecCentre – we’ve got a sharp deal coming up, 10 classes for $15! Oh, and also you can enter to win a full 10 class concession card.

Did you know that you have a RecCentre account?  When you signed up to the gym, we asked you to create an account, and then ‘purchase’ a free membership.  (If you haven’t signed up you can do it here, and then pop in to see us, we’ll take your gym photo and activate your account in person).   

With your RecCentre account up and running, there are a few cool features you can already access.  Go to the Member Account log in page on our website, enter your username and password (that you used to set up your account with us, so it might not be the same as your UC one), from here you’ll be able to see what appointments and court bookings you’ve already made with us. You’ll also see how many spin classes you’ve got left to use and be able to view the group fitness timetable through your account. We recommend saving this link to your homescreen, so you can access it quickly when you need to. We’ll be rolling out more features, such as booking courts or consultants online, and will keep you updated as this happens.

So, how do you get your $15 concession card? Easy! You can purchase one (one per person) at our reception counter anytime between Monday 14 May and Sunday 27 May, 2018, and we’ll add it to your account.  Then, each time you come to spin, you simply say ‘spin please, on my account’ like a boss, and we’ll take care of it.    How can you win a prize pack containing 1x Spin Concession Card and a snazzy RecCentre  water bottle?  Simply purchase a concession card during our promotion period and you’re automatically in the draw!  We’ll select two winners on 28 May and notify you via your nominated email account so make sure you’ve got the correct one attached to your account!

See you soon,
UC RecCentre

Safety in the New Zealand outdoors

Mid-term break is an awesome time of year to head out into the New Zealand outdoors and experience gorgeous scenery and adventure. 

The Department of Conservation website (DoC) is one of the best places to start planning your trip with awesome ideas of where to go. Click here>

SAFETY – Make sure you spend some time planning your adventure – whether it’s a hike for the day or longer. New Zealand conditions are different from anywhere else in the world.  The weather especially can change quite suddenly, which can then change the conditions of the environment around you.

Whether you’re heading out for a day walk or a longer adventure, make sure you tell a trusted contact where you are going and when you will be back, and that they understand that if you are late they should contact New Zealand Police. Do not expect to have cellphone coverage in some rural or mountain areas.

Know before you go

Five things to do before you go>

DoC has also compiled other links and resources on safety and planning your trip, so you can have the best possible adventure out there. Click here>