Category Archives: Health and Fitness

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 

Top 3 reasons to get a proper fitness plan for $10

Have you ever seen that episode of Will and Grace, where Grace is too cheap (her character is a swanky, high earning New York interior designer) to pay for a trainer, and it doesn’t work out too well? It’s a pretty funny episode, and you can watch 2min of it here, but there’s no reason that you need to let that happen to you!  We’ve got a great deal going right now for just $10 to get you sorted….

Top three reasons to get a plan
  1. Customised training

You are unique, and your exercise plan should be too.  While we all have a skeleton, muscles and vital organs, we all have unique differences in how they are structured, how efficient they are and what we can do with them, both mentally and physically.  A personalised plan will ensure that you are doing exercise that will work for your uniqueness.

2. Structure for success

It’s a cliche but “a goal without a plan is just a wish”.  I don’t know who said it, but let’s put that out there again. Having a plan establishes a baseline and a roadmap to reach your goal. Sure, taking the scenic route is sometimes fun, but when we have busy lives, sometimes we just need to get from A to B in the most efficient way possible.

3. Save time, decrease mental clutter and stress

Kinda an extension of number 2…if we have a structure to our hour, day, week, month…we have less decisions to make, and therefore less stress. Outsource that decision to an expert (that’s us). We’ll help save you time in the gym, and by default, carve out additional time in your week for other stuff!

Jump those barriers!

So, we know that time is the number one barrier to exercise. Well, spend a little time (getting a plan) to save more time in the long run.

We also know that cost is another barrier – so we’ve put together a special, which runs until Sunday 2 August to make it a little easier.  As a student, you can book a SteerMe (personalised exercise plan) for just $10 (normally $20).  You’ll need to use it within three months, and that’s the only catch. Check out our website for more info, or just jump right in and purchase yours at the RecCentre reception next time you’re in.  We can even do Zoom consults, if you can’t /don’t want to make it gym based (just phone us 364 2433 to book and pay).

Be well!
UC Rec&Sport