Category Archives: Health and Wellbeing

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

Dr Bike is back for Semester 2

Bring your bike down to C Block Lawn every Tuesday morning and get your bike serviced…. for free!

Dr Bike is a free cycle fix-it clinic available to both UC staff and students. This service provides basic cycle maintenance such as tuning brakes, oiling chains and puncture repairs.

This semester, we are running extended Dr Bike sessions to help you get your bikes safe and ready for winter riding. You’ll find Tom and Sam on C Block Lawn every Tuesday from 10am – 11.30am during term time. Come past and say hi, and get your bike looked over while you’re there!

If you’re interested in seeing how Dr Bike fits into the bigger picture about planning for cyclists at UC, you might like to look at the UC Cycle Plan 2014-2022.

Keep an eye out for these guys on Tuesdays!

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UC Student Blogger | Winter Wellness – Staying Healthy and Well

With shorter days and colder weather, staying healthy in winter can be hard. Exercise and a balanced diet can give way to warm nights spent inside on the sofa eating comfort food. This can seem appealing but being less active can increase your risk of getting ill and lowers your mood. One of our UC student bloggers takes a look at what you can do to stay healthy and well over the winter months. 

“With Covid-19 leading the news every day, people are more aware of catching nasty germs and becoming sick. Luckily there are many things you can do to boost your immune system and stay healthy this winter.

Eat a balanced diet
In the winter, it is tempting to eat stodgier comfort foods but it is important to stock up on plenty of fruit and vegetables. This ensures your body gets all of the vitamins and minerals it needs to keep your immune system functioning. Fresh produce is pricier in the winter, which can be challenging on a student budget. Frozen or canned fruits and vegetables are more affordable while still offering the same health benefits.

Exercise
Although the cold weather and short days really decrease motivation, exercise actually helps to build your immune system. Get out into the sunshine and breathe in some fresh air. Even a short walk around the block is helpful.

Open windows
Living in a cold, damp flat can make you sick. Open windows and air out the house for a short time everyday, especially when cooking or showering. This will decrease dampness and mould, and make the house easier to heat.

Schedule down time and get plenty of sleep
Lack of sleep and stress make you more susceptible to illnesses. Getting a good night’s sleep allows your body to recover and fend off infection, while time spent relaxing and doing activities you enjoy will help you feel less stressed. If you feel overwhelmed with study, try planning your week ahead and include time for leisure.

As Jacinda loves to say, wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands!
Simple soap and water can kill any viruses you may have picked up. Wash your hands before eating, and preparing food especially if you are in a public place like Uni. 

Stay home if you are sick
Staying away from others when you are unwell is the best defence against spreading illnesses. Reach out to classmates or lecturers if you need any help when you are sick at home.”

Make the most of the wellbeing support services here for you at UC: