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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

A check in from your UCSA President and VC…

Vice-Chancellor Cheryl de la Rey and UCSA President Tori McNoe are checking in to congratulate you on your commitment to your studies and adaptability throughout semester one.

5 Ways to Wellbeing Reminder – Be active

Many of us spend a large amount of our working day deskbound. Therefore it is really important for our wellbeing that we take a break each day to be active. Physical exercise is really good for us and is a great way to boost our mood. There are many physical activities available, therefore when being active it is important that you choose an activity that you will enjoy. Check out the list below for some ideas:

  • Bring activity into the everyday, e.g. use the stairs instead of the lift, walk to colleagues to talk with them instead of phoning, walk or bike to campus.
  • Take a walk after dinner, or a longer one on the weekend. Invite friends and family to join you.
  • Hold a family dance-off with different members picking the music.
  • Organise or participate in walking tours of local places of interest in your community or suburb.
  • Go to the UC Rec Centre for a workout.
  • Join the UC Rec Centre’s Jumpstart Walking Challenge via the UC Rec Centre app.
  • Try tai chi classes for strength, balance and mental wellbeing.
  • Go for a bike ride with friends or family or by yourself.
  • Take the dog for a walk.
  • Mow the lawns.

Check out this clip from the All Right Campaign where Si and Gary talk about the importance of being active: