Category Archives: Health and Fitness

Four reasons why you should have a exercise buddy

We all know how good exercise is for our body and mind, but it can be a real challenge to maintain interest and prioritise it, especially as we get busy. It can be daunting, it can be exciting, it can be many things to many people. Whatever you’re feeling about exercise, doing it with a friend, class mate or family member might be the solution to increase your motivation, and here’s why….

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1. It’s more fun exercising with a friend
It’s hard to get bored if you have an exercise buddy, and it will help the time pass quickly too.

2. You can build new friendships
Perhaps you have a friend, hall neighbour or class mate who is showing a vague interest in starting an exercise routine? Commit to a plan together and you’ll have something to talk about as you get to know them during your workout sessions.

3. You’re more likely to stick to your commitment
It’s not a nice feeling being stood up, nor letting someone down by not turning up. So, having an exercise buddy means you’re less likely to bail on the workout with lame excuses.

4. You might learn some new ideas
Variety is one of the keys to sticking to a plan, things get boring after a time. Your exercise buddy might have some interesting ideas to try out that you don’t know about. It’s fun learning something new and maybe less reason to quit.

There are of course plenty more reasons, these are just our top four! For a simple start, try scheduling a walk during your tea breaks or lunch break (or all three!). Make these non-negotiable to ensure you get some healthy movement into your day. Even a 5-10min jaunt will see you refreshed when you get back to study!

If you’re keen on starting at the gym, check out what is on offer by visiting the RecCentre website>

Enjoy these blissful summer days coming our way!

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!

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