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Jumpstart your Health and Wellbeing – a free six week walking programme

Would you like to start exercising, but are a little overwhelmed by all the high intensity training online?  No problem!  Walking is one of the safest and healthiest forms of exercise to get you started, and we’re here to help.

What is Jumpstart?

Jumpstart is a FREE six week walking programme that will progress you from walking nowhere, to walking 5km comfortably and safely.  You don’t need to join the RecCentre, and you can do it wherever you like!

Once you’ve completed it, you may feel stronger about hitting up the many gorgeous walks in Canterbury, once we hit Level 2.

Why join Jumpstart?
  • Having a programme with daily goals helps keep you on track
  • You’ll have a trainer assigned to you, so you can chat about anything that pops up
  • We throw in some beginner conditioning and stretching that will improve your strength and flexibility, helping you walk better
How do I join?
  • Simply download the Rec & Sport app (it’s free), and select the Jumpstart programme from the featured programmes selection.
  • This will be your programme to follow for the next six weeks.
    You can start the programme anytime you like.
  • Your first walk is just 10mins! (And we guarantee, absolutely NO BURPEES!)

If you have any health concerns, please consult your doctor or discuss with your trainer before commencing the programme.

For more information, check out our Jumpstart – Desk to 5km page.
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UC Rec & Sport

Breathe Well to Be Well

We all breathe, but the big question is,  ARE we breathing well, and what IS breathing well?

Breathing well can increase oxygen intake, calm the body and mind, reduce feelings of stress and anxiousness, and reduce heart rate and blood pressure. Calm breathing prevents excessive output of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, because it signals to the brain that you are safe – there are no tigers chasing you! In the end practicing breathing well helps you in everyday life where you may feel a sense of ease and feel more uplifted.

How do we breathe?

Housed in our rib cage are two large bags  connected to the outside world through a complex network, somewhat like  bunches of grapes.   These are our lungs, and it is where the magic of ‘gas exchange’ happens.  We breathe in oxygen, that oxgyen is taken to our body in our blood, and at the same time, we are breathing carbon dioxide out.

Breathing is automatic.  Our brain automatically activates the diaphragm and rib cage muscles along with some neck muscles to keep up breathing.  The muscles at the base of our ribs need to be working well first to pull the air into the base of the lungs, rather than the ones at the top.  If we top breathe, we reduce the amount of oxygen into our lungs.  So, to breathe well, we need to use ALL of our lungs.

Try to practice your breathing at least once per day and see how it can help you.   You could also download an app that takes you through the process, and we’ve made some recommendations at the end.

If you’d prefer to watch and learn,  check out Tina explaining it all in more detail, and the breathing technique, on our YouTube Channel. 

Here is a simple technique we can do to practice breathing well.

1. Wrap your hands around your lower rib cage on either side
2. Slowly breathe in through your nose expanding the base of your chest and watch your belly rise (count for 4 seconds)
3. Slowly breathing out through pursed lips for 6 seconds keeping your shoulders down and neck relaxed
4. Repeat this 5 times to exercise your diaphragm

Apps you can download to help you improve your breathing

Universal Breathing – pranayama: https://www.saagara.com/apps/breathing/universal-breathing-pranayama
Paced breathing: http://pacedbreathing.blogspot.com/
Relax Stess and Anxiety Relief: https://www.saagara.com/apps/breathing/relax
Prana Breath: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.abdula.pranabreath
Breathing Zone: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/breathing-zone/id369838631

Rec & Sport Team

RecCentre membership renewals for 2020

Welcome back students!    We’ve got some great news for returning UC students, we’ve made the process for renewing your gym membership waaay easier, so read on.

If you had a membership with us in 2019, and you’re going to be a student again in 2020, our system will automatically create you a 2020 membership that will have a new expiry of 1 March 2021.  This will happen as soon as you’ve paid your student levy.

If you’ve not had a membership with us before, then you’ll need to create a RecCentre account and register for your 2020 membership.  You’ll be able to do this from the 1st February, once you’ve paid your student levy.

Check out our website for more info, and to see what we’ve got over here for you to keep you on your health and wellness journey in 2020.