Category Archives: Health and Fitness

UC RecCentre | How safe is it to use the gym?

The RecCentre has been open for a couple of weeks now, and in the first week, we’ve seen just over 620 members, across 1355 visits, have a safe and enjoyable experience at the gym.  We’ve recorded 1355 visits, some of you have been just once, whilst others have come a bit more frequently.  So, how safe is the gym?

Girl on treadmill

Based on what we know, Covid-19 appears to be spread primarily through close personal contact with an infected person, or potentially  through touching high contact surfaces. So, gyms don’t necessarily pose a risk greater than any other public space where people gather. Our team have taken extra precautions to keep you safe, and there are few things you can do as well to reduce your risk of becoming sick.

  • Physical distancing – 2m between exercisers at all times, sadly no high fives or physical assists/spots at this time
  • Cleaning – our team cleans down high touch points every 90mins, and our members have their own disinfecting kit to clean down equipment before and after use .  In addition, our gym is part of the UC fogging schedule
  • Hand & Face Hygiene – sanitiser stations are everywhere, including on arrival. Bathrooms are available to wash your hands with soap and water for 20secs. Also, try to remember to not touch your face!
  • Reduced capacity – having less people in the gym and classes, means it’s easier for you to keep your distance
  • Bookings essential – we can easily comply with track and tracing requirements, and you can avoid FOMO by booking your workout session.  We clear the building at the end of every session, so we can do the high touchpoint cleaning and manage our entry & exit points for physical distancing
  • Stay home – we expect our staff to stay home if they feel unwell.  We expect our members to do the same.  We have over 100 recorded workouts on our YouTube channel if you feel good enough to exercise, but that little tickle in your throat or allergies says you should stay home.

As we progress through Alert Level 2, the team aims to open up more services and facilities, allowing greater capacity in the gym, longer opening hours  and the return of sport. We’ve seen some great etiquette so far, and if this continues we should see this progress nicely.

Noho ora mai – take care and stay well
UC Rec & Sport

The RecCentre will be closed on Queen’s Birthday

The UC RecCentre will be closed on Monday 1 June – Queen’s Birthday. We will be open on Saturday and Sunday, with the usual booking systems in place.

Our team has been working super hard to open the facility under Alert Level 2 restrictions, and we’ve been delighted with the uptake and positive response.

So, we’re taking our own advice, and in order to look after you the best we can, we first need to look after ourselves. With this in mind, the whole team will be taking Monday 1 June off, so we can recharge our own wellbeing dials.

You can still get your exercise fix on our YouTube channel, and flip back through some of our 100+ recorded classes and workouts.
Or if you’re looking to develop your own self-care habit, check out these 151 ideas!

We thank you for your great work in returning to the gym safely, and for your ongoing support.

UC Rec&Sport Team

Jumpstart your Health and Wellbeing – a free six week walking programme

Would you like to start exercising, but are a little overwhelmed by all the high intensity training online?  No problem!  Walking is one of the safest and healthiest forms of exercise to get you started, and we’re here to help.

What is Jumpstart?

Jumpstart is a FREE six week walking programme that will progress you from walking nowhere, to walking 5km comfortably and safely.  You don’t need to join the RecCentre, and you can do it wherever you like!

Once you’ve completed it, you may feel stronger about hitting up the many gorgeous walks in Canterbury, once we hit Level 2.

Why join Jumpstart?
  • Having a programme with daily goals helps keep you on track
  • You’ll have a trainer assigned to you, so you can chat about anything that pops up
  • We throw in some beginner conditioning and stretching that will improve your strength and flexibility, helping you walk better
How do I join?
  • Simply download the Rec & Sport app (it’s free), and select the Jumpstart programme from the featured programmes selection.
  • This will be your programme to follow for the next six weeks.
    You can start the programme anytime you like.
  • Your first walk is just 10mins! (And we guarantee, absolutely NO BURPEES!)

If you have any health concerns, please consult your doctor or discuss with your trainer before commencing the programme.

For more information, check out our Jumpstart – Desk to 5km page.
Nga mihi

UC Rec & Sport