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Three ways to make the most of your FREE RecCentre membership

So, you’ve got yourself a free gym membership at the RecCentre, but you’re not entirely sure how to make the most of it?  A bit short of time, and the options are just a bit overwhelming?  How do you know you’re doing it right, or best for you?   Here’s how we can help you navigate your first gym experience.

First off, sign up for a FREE StartMe Gym Starter programme.   We take up to six people in one session, but most of the time it’s 2-3 people, or if you’re lucky, you’ll fly solo.  In your 45min session, you’ll get a brief tour of the facility (optional if you’ve scoped it out already), and then we’ll show you how to use the cardio equipment.  After this we’ll take you through 5-6 simple exercises on the weights machines for a full body workout. You can ask as many questions as you have, and since there is no such thing as a silly question, bombard our fitness consultants with all of your fitness questions you’ve always wanted to ask! Don’t forget, these are group sessions, so you can sign up with a friend as well. 

Second, get into the group fitness classes! They’re FREE with your membership (except for Spin, which is $3) and they’re an excellent way to learn how to exercise safely in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Our trainers are super knowledgeable and experienced, so you’re in great hands. We have a range of classes, at different intensities, for different goals (such as cardio, muscle conditioning or relaxation/stretching), there really is something for everyone! Not sure which to start with? Chat to a fitness consultant or a receptionist for advice.  Or just bite the bullet, check out our timetable and give it a go!  Our classes cater for all levels, and there are options in the class to make it easier or harder to suit. 

Finally, read up on our gym etiquette and rules.  Every gym shares some common rules (like bring a gym towel, wear closed shoes), and each gym will have its own specialty rules to make their gym sing.   You can pick up a copy of our etiquette in handy brochure form to read at the gym while you warm up, or you can read it online.  Either way, make sure you are schooled up and before you know it, you too will be a gym legend.

Most of all, have fun!  Exercise will help you study better, sleep better, feel better, stave off the ‘fresherfive’ and generally just make you feel good. Find something you enjoy doing (even if it’s not the gym) and make it a habit. You won’t regret it!

Watch out for our next post, and be in to win PushMe personal training sessions, valued at $200!

Be happy and healthy!
Kat, UC RecCentre

UC Pharmacy, helping you prepare for your holiday

The University Pharmacy in the Undercroft will be closed for Easter from Friday 30 March to Tuesday 3 of April.

We will be open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm for the mid-semester break.

Have a safe break.

If you are looking to get out of town to see this fantastic country this Easter you won’t be disappointed. With stunning scenery around every corner and more activities than you could ever have time for you will have a great time.

To ensure you get to enjoy your time away to its fullest we have a few tips below. As always you are most welcome to come into the UniPharmacy and discuss any questions you may have regarding your medication and travel health.

If you suffer from motion sickness from travelling on a boat, in a car or on a plane you might want to consider taking something to reduce the chance of it happening and ruining your trip.

To prevent motion sickness there are a range of options from more natural ginger tablets, seabands (an acupressure band you wear on your wrist) to avomine/sealegs a drowsy antihistamine. To decide which is best for you consider what other medications you are on, how badly you get affected by motion sickness and the activity you are doing. You need to be particularly careful with the avomine and sealegs if you are driving as they can make some people sleepy.

Although you are highly unlikely to come across anything venomous in New Zealand there is a high chance you will come across biting insects (if you are going to the west coast sand flies are a certainty). The bite of sand flies or mosquitoes can be extremely itchy, can cause swelling and become red and hot. To reduce the chance of infection it is best not to scratch (easier said than done) and to help with this you can take antihistamine tablets and apply antihistamine or anti itch creams.

Prevention is better than treating bites so take steps to avoid being bitten. Long sleeve shirts and long trousers are ideal and insect repellent on any exposed skin is recommended. Insect repellents come in varying strengths and with a variety of ingredients, it is important not to apply them to your eye area.

Although the summer is drawing to a close we always need to be mindful that the New Zealand sun can be very strong, it can cause sunburn in minutes. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes, a hat to protect your head and face, and a long sleeve shirt will help to reduce your sun exposure. Regularly apply sunscreen to any exposed skin and don’t forget a sunscreen lip balm especially if you are on the water or suffer from coldsores.

If you do get sunburnt apply an anti-burn gel or moisturiser, take paracetamol for the pain, drinking plenty of water and avoid further sun exposure.

It is worth taking a small holiday first aid kit with you too.

Depending on your destination, and your personal needs, you may need all, or some, of the following for your first aid kit:

  • Antihistamines – tablets and/or cream
  • Pain relief
  • Anti-diarrhoeals and anti-nausea medicines
  • Oral rehydration sachets
  • Travel sickness medicine
  • Cold/flu medication
  • Antacids
  • Antiseptic wipes, bandages, plasters
  • Handwash sanitising lotion
  • Sunscreen and sunburn treatment

Enjoy your holiday,

UC Pharmacy team

Do you feel empowered to intervene?

Videos of crowds of people walking past homeless or abandoned people in the street are posted online and played in class to pull on our heart strings and to make us consider patterns of human behaviour. While we might see ourselves as far removed from such actions, the reality is, similar situations can also be found within the university context.

Are you looking out for your friends at the Foundry? Do you stand up for your class mates? Would you ask someone who looks upset if they are okay? Do you speak up when someone you know takes a joke too far?

Bystander intervention refers to the awareness, skill and willingness to intervene in a situation where another person needs help. While we do have a no tolerance harassment policy at UC, it is our responsibility as students to do our part in showing others what is and is not acceptable behaviour. The most important things to remember are to ensure your safety, be aware of those around you and that our current actions have future consequences.

At the end of the day, look out for yourself and look out for your friends.

Laura O’Dwyer
UCSA Equity and Wellbeing Representative

The websites below provide further information on bystander intervention and various training resources: