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Winter chills and ills – to work out or not to work out?

So you’ve picked up a bug or something, and you’re not feeling that flash, but you still want to exercise?  How do you know whether it’s a good idea or not?

Recreation Centre photo shoot, showing all aspects of the Rec Centre facilities, badminton, balance exercises with balls, weight pack exercises, floor exercises on the mezzanine, Rec Centre reception, group weights in the gym, steppers, walkers, spin, weight machines, free weights, straps, yoga, rowing machines, 15.8.14

There are a number of things that concern people when making this decision.   First of all, if you rest until you’re fully recovered, you may risk losing some strength and fitness benefits.  The short term ‘feel good’ factor of exercising is tempting, but if you work out whilst you’re sick,  the quality of your workout is not likely to be as good and you may well prolong your sickness or make it worse.   Also, think about those around you  – no-one likes a constant sniffer in their yoga class, sneezers and runny noses on shared equipment, or to catch your bug!

Various websites (Livestrong.Com , Breakingmuscle.com and Mayo Clinic for example) all point to a similar philosophy

  • Exercise is usually ok if your symptoms are all ‘above the neck’. A common cold, minor sore throat and so forth.  If this is you, then consider reducing the intensity and length of your workout.  Go for a walk for fresh air and movement, rather than a heavy gym session or hill run.  You don’t want to make things worse!
  • If your symptoms are ‘below the neck’ such as chest congestion, hacking cough, stomach troubles, fever, fatigue or widespread body aches, then definitely don’t exercise. Stay home, stay warm, rest up and see your doctor!

My mother always used to say if you’re well enough to go to sport practice, you’re well enough to go to school.  Fair call.   So, if you don’t feel up to socialising, studying or going to work, then it’s a pretty reasonable assumption you’re not well enough to exercise either.

Ultimately, your body is your guide.  If you feel miserable, take a break, rest up and drink plenty of fluids.  A few days off won’t do much to your performance.  Resume your workout gradually, starting with low intensity and celebrate the small stuff.

Stay well!

Women’s only exercise hours

If you are a female, the gym can be a daunting or uncomfortable place.

Whether for cultural, confidence, or other reasons, it can be the last place you want to go to exercise.

We want you to feel comfortable in a space that is less intimidating, more supportive, and that meets cultural needs.

This week marks the first week of Women’s Only hours at the UC Recreation Centre.

Throughout this semester, Women’s Only hours will be available in specified areas of the Recreation Centre, to trial different times, equipment and the success of these hours to work out the best fit for the future.

Female fitness consultants and instructors will be available during these designated times to provide assistance, exercise ideas and any other questions that you may have. You can also book in for a one-on-one Train Me session with a female fitness consultant.

In addition, the Recreation Centre will offer free Teach Me classes, a small group session with a female fitness consultant designed to grow your knowledge around different methods of training, which can be booked at reception. Female only small group training classes will also be offered throughout term four.

We want you to live your healthiest life – and feel comfortable doing so.

More information on the hours and spaces available as Women’s Only and on Train Me, Teach Me and Small Group Training sessions, visit the Recreation Centre website at http://www.phed.canterbury.ac.nz/ or talk to our friendly reception team on 03-364-2433.

Recreation centre, various classes set up by staff for marketing services, 20.10.15 and 23.10.15 Client, Kat Henderson, Rec Centre.

Workout options on campus

We all know that a certain level of physical activity is an absolute must to a healthier life and improved overall well-being. Yes, it’ s expensive, exhausting and time consuming to work out but fortunately there are plenty of options on campus to help reduce the stress of the idea of working out.

A part of your student levy goes towards the campus Recreation Centre, which offers plenty of options to choose from including BAT, combat, Pilates, pump, spin, step, step basic, super circuit, Tabata, yoga, Zumba and even personal training (phew!).

If you like your choice of physical activity to be less stertorous and set in an informal workout environment there are plenty of options for that too. Meet with the Karate Club at Dovedale to practice, or join the Yoga Club to show off your skills on Ilam Fields, or even join the meditation crew on campus. There are plenty of martial arts, sports and leisure clubs on campus and a list of them can be found here.

If none of these sound appealing and if you’re after something that’s off campus and away from all the familiar faces, Jellie Park is a good option and we all know what it has to offer – a swimming pool!

So take your pick and get focused on getting healthy and staying there.