Category Archives: Health and Fitness

Getting your free UC RecCentre gym membership for 2018

Kia ora!  The UC RecCentre would love to welcome you (back) to UC for 2018, and hope that you get your gym membership sorted and get over here to try out our most excellent classes and equipment.

THINGS HAVE CHANGED, but only a little…

Don’t panic, your membership is still free, but we’re in the process of upgrading our software, which means the process to activate your free membership has changed.  We’ve outlined this step-by-step to make it easy for you to sign up and use the gym to stay healthy and active.  The process is the same for ALL students, whether it’s your first year or your seventh!

  1. Finish your enrolment and obtain your student ID card
  2. New students – get your IT log on and change your password etc
  3. From 1 February head to our website reccentre.canterbury.ac.nz. Click on the big red ‘Activate here!’  button
  4. Use your IT log in and password and fill in the online form to register
  5. On your first visit to the RecCentre, bring your student ID card to our reception and one of our team will physically activate your card.
  6. Enjoy unlimited access to the RecCentre until 1 March 2019 (for full year students) or until 15 July (for Semester 1 only students).

We have iPads at our reception for you to easily sign up on the spot, or you can save time and do it from your own device at your leisure.

Remember, your student ID card is your key! We can’t issue memberships without it, as you must be fully enrolled, having paid your student levy (which funds the free membership).  

Hot tip:  You must bring your card with you for every visit, and scan to gain entry.  If you forget your card, we’ll give you two chances per semester where we will look you up on the system.  On the third time, we will charge you $11 for entry, and this will be fully refunded when you come on your next visit (within the week) and show us your card.

See you soon!
UC RecCentre Team

RecCentre – early closing for power outage

UC has a campus wide power outage planned for next week, Wednesday 31 January and Thursday 1 February. This means that the RecCentre will be closing earlier than usual, at 5.30pm.  

Make sure you plan your workout a little earlier for that day, or perhaps join us for an outdoor session at 5.10pm – we’ll meet on the deck, adjacent to the RecCentre from 5pm on both nights.  Remember to leave your valuables at home or in the car, as we won’t be able to retrieve them from the centre after 5.30pm.

 

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!