Partying is so much more fun when you’ve done enough cardio to dance all night. Keeping active is one of the ways that you will be able to stay focused throughout your studies. Having some sort of balance is very important but often overlooked. University is where you have a choice to develop either healthy or unhealthy habits, most of the time it ends up being unhealthy. Break this cycle and start getting active as soon as you get to uni this year!
Getting active in groups is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to socialise. Joining one of UC’s social sport groups, or something more niche like the climbing club or the tramping club will get you exercising but also meeting new people.
During my first semester; I wasn’t active enough at all. I just went out, went to class and went to work. No exercise that I went out of my way to do. Things changed the following semester, I slowly got more involved in rec centre classes like Zumba and Pilates with my flatmates. It’s fun to go in a group and it made me feel a lot more balanced. The rec centre is a fantastic resource, and it’s completely free for UC students. You do need to register on your first visit but after that you’re good to go for a year. Pretty much everyone has an activity or class that will appeal to them so get amongst it.
2020 was when I got back into skiing. I always associated this activity with my parents but making friends who like heading up to Mt Hutt changed all this. I’m not a gym rat but I love being outside and in Christchurch we have pretty much everything you could ever want available to you. There are great bike tracks in the port hills, bottle lake forest, McLeans island and the adventure park. Walks are pretty much everywhere. My personal favourites are the uphill climb at the adventure park and doing Rapaki on a warm day. Pegasus beach is great if you have a dog, and you can’t really go wrong with a walk around Hagley Park and Mona Vale.
Make the most of everything we’ve got around us.