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Exam hack – exercise boosts your memory and cognition

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We all know the benefits of exercise for our physical health, and we are coming round to the mental health benefits being common knowledge, how many of you are aware that exercise helps your memory and thinking skills?

Exercise helps memory and thinking through both direct and indirect means.  Directly, it has the ability to reduce inflammation and insulin resistance, and stimulate chemicals in the brain that affect the health of the brain cells. Indirectly, a good sweat sesh improves your mood and sleep, and reduces stress and anxiety – all of which can contribute to cognitive impairment (ie your ability to think clearly).  

So what kind of exercise is useful for boosting your brain power?  Well, much of the evidence points towards cardio, so getting your heart rate up for around 30mins, doing any kind of activity (even hard core procrasti-cleaning) will help fire up the brain. Recent research also suggests alternative exercise (like yoga) can also have a positive effect on cognition.  And for those who like to lift? Good news…research in 2012 showed that both aerobic and strength exercises improved executive function (higher level thinking – the stuff you do when prepping for exams).   

Ultimately, a combination of strength, cardio and yoga is likely to bring you the best rewards.  However, with time perhaps not on your side, perhaps pick activities that you enjoy the most, and re-frame them as a reward for good study efforts. You can break it up into little chunks throughout the day or hit the gym or pavement for one solid effort. You could go food foraging at UC, using this handy Edible Campus Map, getting in some fresh air, some exercise and bonus, some free food.  We also love the UC Sustainability Office’s suggestion to listen to some inspiring music or pod casts on your walk, or simply as your thinking space. We have lots of lovely walks around campus, including Okeover Stream and Ilam Gardens.  

Don’t forget, if you need some free advice, just hit up one of our Fitness Consultants on the gym floor, they’re only too happy to share their knowledge with you. Or, if you’re more of a ‘schedule it in’ kinda person, then book in for a free 15min consultation for a chat that you can lock into your diary (and view on your Membership portal) or StartMe

Good luck with your exams!

UC RecCentre

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.