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Be active for wellbeing

Be active is one of the five ways to wellbeing (along with giving, learning, connecting and taking notice). But, exactly how much is enough, or too much? 

It’s information overload out there!

A quick look on Instragram or YouTube and you’ll find a vast number of people pushing fitness products, programmes and services. Do you need them? Probably not. Or maybe. It entirely depends on what motivates you, what you like to do, what you don’t like to do, and how much time you’ve got to focus on your physical health. But, why would you? 

Your health is your key to happiness and wellbeing 

If you’ve missed it, being physically active is a major contributor to your positive mental health, and thus your ability to cope with stressful times. Being a student definitely has stressful times, particularly as we approach exams or for our thesis writers out there, milestones and self-imposed deadlines. So, if you can find 30mins a day to move your body in a way that makes you happy, you’ll be doing yourself a world of good.   

Get inspired!

Fun fact – have you noticed when you stop studying and go for a little walk (or more intense exercise), you have great ideas all of a sudden? We’re not sure why, but a little boost of hormones and oxygen to the brain might have something to do with it! So, if you find yourself in a little rut, get up off your chair and head outside or up the stairwell and boost your brain activity. 

Need some more help?

If you’re ready to take the next step, and get some tailored advice, then step over to the UCRecCentre. We’ve got a team of Fitness Consultants ready to help. We can sit down, listen to your goals and dreams, identify how much time you have, what makes you tick, and then help you write an exercise plan that will work for you. It might be gym based, or you might prefer a home based or even using our on demand classes and Rec&Sport app. If that sounds like a bright idea to you, head over to our reception or call us on 369 2433 and make a booking. For UC Students, a SteerMe is usually $20, but until Wednesday 7th October, it’s just $10.   

If you’re more of a self-starter, head into our app and assign yourself a beginner workout from the programmes on offer. There are a range of beginner, intermediate and advanced programmes to choose from. If you want a little help to navigate the app, book in for a GymStart with us (it’s free) and we’ll show you how to use it.  

Good luck with your new exercise routine! 

10,000 Steps Australasian University Health Challenge – are you in?

It’s Mental Health Awareness week – what are you doing physically to improve or maintain your mental health?

If the answer it ‘not much’ or ‘I’m taking a break’, why not consider walking? It’s easy, it’s free and you can do it alone or with a friend! It is well researched that getting active will help not only your physical health, but your mental health as well! UC is currently involved in the 10,000 Steps Australasian University Health Challenge, and it could be a simple way to get started without going the gym and getting really sweaty!

10,000 Steps Australasian University Health Challenge 

So, while it’s called the 10,000 steps challenge, and we’d LOVE you to aim for that each day, you absolutely don’t have to. ANYTHING counts towards our total.  We came 4th last year (by 8 steps!), and we’re keen to make the podium this year, so we need your help!

Fun fact – 10,000 steps was a marketing slogan designed to sell pedometers over 30 years ago, and today, it’s instantly recognised as a magic number to reach for health. But is it the right number for everyone?

One size does not fit all – but every little bit counts!

The guidelines for healthy activity in NZ are 30mins on five or more days each week of moderate activity.  A brisk walk for 30mins will net you around 3,000 – 4,000 steps. Walking from your car/flat to uni and back will get you some more. Taking the stairs instead of the lift – even more. You get the idea. So, making simple substitutions in your day will add up, and take you toward the 10,000 target, which has got to be good for you right? Well, yes UNLESS you’ve got some medical conditions that might make this target a little unrealistic! If this is you, then aiming for 3,000 to 4,000 steps could be a good starting point, and then you’ve reached your 30mins a day.  If you’re at all concerned, please consult with your doctor before starting.

Head over to our website and find out more on how to sign up and how to record your steps or if that’s all a little bit too confusing, contact gary.gin@canterbury.ac.nz  

The challenge has started, and it ends on October 11, but you can join in anytime – every little bit helps!

UC RecCentre On-demand is here – exercise anywhere, anytime

Are you struggling to find time to get to the gym, or don’t know which online workout to choose; or maybe they all look too hard or too long?  Maybe you’ve thought about coming to a class, but are a bit nervous that you’re not fit enough?

The Rec&Sport team are super excited to let you know that our new in-app on demand service is now here! You can get moving in the comfort of your home, and even your pyjamas!

What is it?

It’s over 100 classes, ranging from stretching, warm-ups, HIIT, pilates and yoga from Technogym Master trainers. The classes range from 10mins to 45mins, and you can start and stop them to suit.  They’re graded from beginner to advanced, so there is something for everyone. So, you can start your wellness journey by just rolling out of bed and do some morning stretching with your app.  Presto – morning self-care routine – done!

What do I need to do to get it?

As a member, you just need to get the Rec&Sport app. If you’ve already got the app, then update it and the link will appear. You can watch this 3min video that Gary made for you, to show you how to use the app, including how to find the filters.

Is it free?

Yes – for a limited time!  We’re making it free for all members until Friday 16th October 2020. Remember, all students can get a membership with us for no additional cost – it’s funded by your student levy. So, if you haven’t joined yet, head over to our website and get your membership. 

What about RecCentre instructors? Can I do their classes on the app?

Soon! Our team will record and upload some content, so you’ll be able to experience our classes at home as well.  A great way to see what it’s like here, before stepping in the door. We’ll also be setting up some livestreams of selected classes, so keep checking in!

See you soon, at the gym or in the app!
UC Rec&Sport Team