Category Archives: Health and Fitness

Winter chills and ills – to work out or not to work out?

So you’ve picked up a bug or something, and you’re not feeling that flash, but you still want to exercise?  How do you know whether it’s a good idea or not?

Recreation Centre photo shoot, showing all aspects of the Rec Centre facilities, badminton, balance exercises with balls, weight pack exercises, floor exercises on the mezzanine, Rec Centre reception, group weights in the gym, steppers, walkers, spin, weight machines, free weights, straps, yoga, rowing machines, 15.8.14

There are a number of things that concern people when making this decision.   First of all, if you rest until you’re fully recovered, you may risk losing some strength and fitness benefits.  The short term ‘feel good’ factor of exercising is tempting, but if you work out whilst you’re sick,  the quality of your workout is not likely to be as good and you may well prolong your sickness or make it worse.   Also, think about those around you  – no-one likes a constant sniffer in their yoga class, sneezers and runny noses on shared equipment, or to catch your bug!

Various websites (Livestrong.Com , Breakingmuscle.com and Mayo Clinic for example) all point to a similar philosophy

  • Exercise is usually ok if your symptoms are all ‘above the neck’. A common cold, minor sore throat and so forth.  If this is you, then consider reducing the intensity and length of your workout.  Go for a walk for fresh air and movement, rather than a heavy gym session or hill run.  You don’t want to make things worse!
  • If your symptoms are ‘below the neck’ such as chest congestion, hacking cough, stomach troubles, fever, fatigue or widespread body aches, then definitely don’t exercise. Stay home, stay warm, rest up and see your doctor!

My mother always used to say if you’re well enough to go to sport practice, you’re well enough to go to school.  Fair call.   So, if you don’t feel up to socialising, studying or going to work, then it’s a pretty reasonable assumption you’re not well enough to exercise either.

Ultimately, your body is your guide.  If you feel miserable, take a break, rest up and drink plenty of fluids.  A few days off won’t do much to your performance.  Resume your workout gradually, starting with low intensity and celebrate the small stuff.

Stay well!

Recreation Centre photo shoot, showing all aspects of the Rec Centre facilities, badminton, balance exercises with balls, weight pack exercises, floor exercises on the mezzanine, Rec Centre reception, group weights in the gym, steppers, walkers, spin, weight machines, free weights, straps, yoga, rowing machines, 15.8.14

FREE badminton at the RecCentre – Limited time

Recreation Centre photo shoot, showing all aspects of the Rec Centre facilities, badminton, balance exercises with balls, weight pack exercises, floor exercises on the mezzanine, Rec Centre reception, group weights in the gym, steppers, walkers, spin, weight machines, free weights, straps, yoga, rowing machines, 15.8.14

For a limited time (31 July – 10 September 2017), the UC RecCentre is offering free badminton court bookings , so you can try it out.

Courts usually cost $10 per hour, but not during our promo period.  All you’ll have to do is find a friend to play with, book a time, and then rustle up some equipment.   We hire out rackets at reception for just $1.50.  We rent shuttles for $1 and sell them (or just bring your own).

There are limits to availability, so call or visit reception to book your court.

Terms and Conditions

Weekdays between 6am and 12pm, and again between 2pm and 4pm, in the gymnasium only, subject to availability.  Any bookings in the sportshall and/or outside of these hours attract normal court hire fees.  Call reception and see if the timeslot you want is available!

Our normal T&C’s apply – you or anyone you play with must be over 16, have a membership or pay the casual visitor fee, and shoes and tops must be worn at all times.

Recreation Centre photo shoot, showing all aspects of the Rec Centre facilities, badminton, balance exercises with balls, weight pack exercises, floor exercises on the mezzanine, Rec Centre reception, group weights in the gym, steppers, walkers, spin, weight machines, free weights, straps, yoga, rowing machines, 15.8.14

Small Group Training, the extra push you need?

Recreation centre, various classes set up by staff for marketing services, 20.10.15 Client, Kat Henderson, Rec Centre.

Did Term One come and go in a blur, and then you realised you’d only been to the gym twice?   Do you need some extra motivation and accountability, but can’t afford to pay for personal training?  Here’s where Small Group Training (SGT) can help.  Read to the bottom and find out how you can get a $10 discount on your next SGT enrolment!

Why do small group training?  Hear what two of our students have to say!

“SGT courses are a great way of adding something new into your workout routine, and I definitely find that working out in a group pushes me further than solo workouts do.  The best part is seeing how much progress you’ve made by the end of the course”

Nina, 5th Year Biochemistry student (MSc)

“The best thing about SGT is coming home at 7.30am to your flatmates waking up knowing that you have finished your workout for the day”

Kiri, 3rd Year in Natural Resource Engineering

How does it work?

  • You’ll turn up for your sessions each week with the same group of people. Often there’ll be elements of partner work or team games, so your group needs you to turn up!
  • Term 2 courses run for 5 weeks (they’re normally 6 weeks).
  • Sessions are held in various locations – the RecCentre, Kirkwood Village and outdoors.

How do I sign up and how much does it cost?

  • Browse our Small Group Training webpages and check out the options available
  • You can sign up at reception or over the phone   – remember, you pay for all sessions up front, no refunds if you don’t turn up!
  • We encourage you to look around and find the best location, activity and price to suit your budget (although we can say that we do keep our prices below market rate!)
  • Need a little extra incentive? The first 10 people to email kat.henderson@canterbury.ac.nz  asking for a $10 discount voucher will get one. Simple. It will be valid for use, one time only, in 2017!

Yours in health & fitness,
UC RecCentre Team