Tag Archives: UC Rec & Sport

Social and Drop-in Sport – what’s the deal?

Playing sport is a great way to stay active, stay connected and work on our health and wellbeing.  Try our social sport leagues or drop-in sport options.

volleyball game
Students playing volleyball at UC RecCentre
Social Sport

During term time (actually, the first five weeks beginning Monday 20 July), UC Rec&Sport are offering seven leagues, across six different sporting codes, for you to get involved. It costs just $130 per team, per term to play, meaning if you get a group of 10 of you together, that’s just $13 each for 5 weeks of play. There’s no ref duty, no uniforms – just turn up an play for 30 mins. We supply everything.      Try the usual suspects – netball, futsal, basketball, volleyball and ultimate, or our new sport this term, handball.  Check out the social sports page for days/times.  Registrations close Friday 17 July.

Drop-in Sport

Every day we have a scheduled ‘drop-in’ sport session, in volleyball, badminton and futsal. These sessions are free for students (just make sure you join, remember it’s already paid for in your student levy).  Check out the schedule online, and if you’re game, just turn up.  The game starts when you’ve got enough players, and you self-referee. These are open to staff, students, members and non-members alike (although, non-members are charged $2).

Equipment Hire & Court Hire

Fancy just playing with a friend, when you feel like it? Our court hire is free before 4pm everyday, provided you just turn up at the counter and see if it’s available  – a bit like shooting hoops. If it’s not already booked for something, you can jump in there.  If you prefer to book ahead to lock in your time, or are playing after 4pm, then court hire fees apply.

If you have any questions, please just chat to one of our customer experience team or you can email gary.gin@canterbury.ac.nz 

Play sport and be well!
UC Rec&Sport Team

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

UC Rec&Sport – live group fitness timetable

In need of a workout to get your week off to a productive start? Visit UC Rec&Sport Facebook for free livestream fitness classes every day – including HIIT, yoga and zumba to keep your body moving!

Download the Rec&Sport app to view this week’s timetable and set yourself reminders for classes you’d like to tune in for.

Keeping to a routine will go a long way to keeping you in good physical and mental health – stay active and stay connected with UC Rec&Sport.