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10,000 Steps Australasian University Health Challenge – are you in?

It’s Mental Health Awareness week – what are you doing physically to improve or maintain your mental health?

If the answer it ‘not much’ or ‘I’m taking a break’, why not consider walking? It’s easy, it’s free and you can do it alone or with a friend! It is well researched that getting active will help not only your physical health, but your mental health as well! UC is currently involved in the 10,000 Steps Australasian University Health Challenge, and it could be a simple way to get started without going the gym and getting really sweaty!

10,000 Steps Australasian University Health Challenge 

So, while it’s called the 10,000 steps challenge, and we’d LOVE you to aim for that each day, you absolutely don’t have to. ANYTHING counts towards our total.  We came 4th last year (by 8 steps!), and we’re keen to make the podium this year, so we need your help!

Fun fact – 10,000 steps was a marketing slogan designed to sell pedometers over 30 years ago, and today, it’s instantly recognised as a magic number to reach for health. But is it the right number for everyone?

One size does not fit all – but every little bit counts!

The guidelines for healthy activity in NZ are 30mins on five or more days each week of moderate activity.  A brisk walk for 30mins will net you around 3,000 – 4,000 steps. Walking from your car/flat to uni and back will get you some more. Taking the stairs instead of the lift – even more. You get the idea. So, making simple substitutions in your day will add up, and take you toward the 10,000 target, which has got to be good for you right? Well, yes UNLESS you’ve got some medical conditions that might make this target a little unrealistic! If this is you, then aiming for 3,000 to 4,000 steps could be a good starting point, and then you’ve reached your 30mins a day.  If you’re at all concerned, please consult with your doctor before starting.

Head over to our website and find out more on how to sign up and how to record your steps or if that’s all a little bit too confusing, contact gary.gin@canterbury.ac.nz  

The challenge has started, and it ends on October 11, but you can join in anytime – every little bit helps!

UC RecCentre On-demand is here – exercise anywhere, anytime

Are you struggling to find time to get to the gym, or don’t know which online workout to choose; or maybe they all look too hard or too long?  Maybe you’ve thought about coming to a class, but are a bit nervous that you’re not fit enough?

The Rec&Sport team are super excited to let you know that our new in-app on demand service is now here! You can get moving in the comfort of your home, and even your pyjamas!

What is it?

It’s over 100 classes, ranging from stretching, warm-ups, HIIT, pilates and yoga from Technogym Master trainers. The classes range from 10mins to 45mins, and you can start and stop them to suit.  They’re graded from beginner to advanced, so there is something for everyone. So, you can start your wellness journey by just rolling out of bed and do some morning stretching with your app.  Presto – morning self-care routine – done!

What do I need to do to get it?

As a member, you just need to get the Rec&Sport app. If you’ve already got the app, then update it and the link will appear. You can watch this 3min video that Gary made for you, to show you how to use the app, including how to find the filters.

Is it free?

Yes – for a limited time!  We’re making it free for all members until Friday 16th October 2020. Remember, all students can get a membership with us for no additional cost – it’s funded by your student levy. So, if you haven’t joined yet, head over to our website and get your membership. 

What about RecCentre instructors? Can I do their classes on the app?

Soon! Our team will record and upload some content, so you’ll be able to experience our classes at home as well.  A great way to see what it’s like here, before stepping in the door. We’ll also be setting up some livestreams of selected classes, so keep checking in!

See you soon, at the gym or in the app!
UC Rec&Sport Team

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