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Renewing your RecCentre membership

Are you hanging around Christchurch for summer? Did you know that your student membership at the RecCentre, in most cases, finishes on 1 March, 2020?   That means you can keep exercising at the RecCentre over the summer break.  It’s also fairly quiet at the gym during the summer months…how convenient!

Check your RecCentre account online for your expiry date

Head to our website, and  on the  left hand nav at the very top, you’ll find a link to ‘Account login’, or you can use this link. If you click through here, you’ll be able to login to your RecCentre account and check your personal expiry date, any bookings you’ve made with us and how many zone classes you’ve got left to use!

I’m studying again in 2020, when do I renew?

Once you’ve paid your 2020 student levy, you can sign up again from 1 February 2020.   The process is now automated, so if you haven’t paid your levy, your membership won’t be processed.     You can renew your membership through the same reccentre account login 

I’m not studying at UC in 2020, can I join anyway?

You sure can!   We offer a range of rates to non-students, so check out our website for the options and see which category you fit into.  We offer discounts for alumni (graduates), other students and UC Staff.   You’ll need to purchase this at our counter though, as we don’t have online memberships for other membership types yet.

If you’re still a little confused, just stop by our reception and speak to one of our Customer Experience Representatives.  They’ll be able to talk you through how to keep your routine going without interruption and queues.

Summer Opening and Closing Days

We close for 2 weeks over the Christmas with the rest of the University.  Our last workout day is Sunday 22 December, closing at 9pm.   We reopen on Monday 6 January, 2020 at 6am.

 

3 reasons to add exercise to your exam prep strategy – and win a PushMe session!

What’s your best tip for nailing your exam prep?  Energy drinks and coffee might be the common go-to, but they’re really not the best choice!      

Just think about how you’ve felt immediately after exercise?  Focused? Energised? Motivated?  Had some of your best ideas to solve that unsolvable problem?  That’s no accident!

Exercise kick starts the brain and releases proteins that improve your cognitive performance. It also releases endorphins which decrease your stress levels and make you happier – leveling your mood state.  Finally, it boosts your energy levels.  I know, that sounds counter-intuitive, but really, you’ve good to spend energy to get energy!

So, rather than reach for the caffeine, we suggest getting some cardio in. Any kind of cardio, just as long as you get your heart rate up! Get a little puffed.  Go for a quick 15 minute walk up around the campus, or if it’s wet, up and down the stairs. Hey, if that seems too much, take the lift up and walk down the stairs to start with! If you’ve got more time, stick to your usual routine – be that a jog/run, hitting the gym or shooting some hoops.

All that exercise is going to use fuel and cause you to sweat. To make sure you don’t get ‘the tired’ later on, make sure you stay hydrated (with water!) and eat throughout the day. If it’s a big exercise session, then eat a good meal (like your lunch or breakfast) within 30 minute of exercise finishing. Water water water all day! Those extra trips to the bathroom will get you moving a bit more, which is a good thing!

Tell us your best tip for exam prep by leaving a comment below, and we’ll pick one person to win a PushMe session with one of our trainers.

 

Top tips to help you ace your exams

It’s perfectly normal to feel pressure or stress in the run-up to your exams. Here’s some top tips to help you prepare. 

  • Check out the Pokapū Pūkenga Ako | Academic Skills Centre. They offer a programme of free workshops including understanding study fatigue and stress management, and revision and exam skills. These are open to all students – find out more here.  
  • Organise and plan your study time. Block out time in your calendar or diary for studying. Start revision as early as possible and make sure you go over a range of topics covered in the course. Try working through practice questions from past papers and attempt them in exam conditions. Or you could set up a study group so you can revise with others. 
  • Know your study spaces on campus. Whether you’re looking for a space to study with mates, or a quiet place so you can concentrate – there’s a study zone on campus for you. There are group study zones and discussion rooms, silent study zones and relaxing zones available in the Central Library, Macmillan Brown Library and Engineering and Physical Sciences Library. Read more.
  • It’s all about balance. Take some time out and do something you really enjoy – go for a walk in the park, have lunch with mates, or take a group fitness class at the RecCentre. And when you are studying, make sure you get up and walk around for a few minutes every hour or so. Finally, remember to celebrate everything you’ve achieved so far!

For more study tips see the Helping you study guide. 

For more support and advice see UC’s student support services