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Exams and exercise – connected in so many ways

Exams are rolling around, and this brings with it a great deal of internal and external pressure to perform well. Rest assured, you are not alone in feeling the fleeting burden of exams. Fortunately, there are many techniques you can tap into to help manage your stress and optimise your study time, one of which is exercise.  

Exercise needs to be in the master plan

Exercise improves our fitness, but it can also help develop your brainpower. The theory is that as you exercise, you strengthen the connections between your brain cells, which in turn, improves your learning and memory skills. So, in theory at least, you should be better equipped to absorb information as you study. That is why when making your study schedule, be sure to schedule in some exercise breaks too.

Creativity can be boosted during and after your workout. Think back to when some of your best ideas have appeared. How many were when you were at your study desk? Chances are, you were out getting fresh air, chatting with friends and giving your brain a little break.

Finally, being active is one of the five ways to wellbeing. Staying well will keep you in a healthy frame of mind, and better equipped to handle the added stress of exam time.

During exams, your priorities will likely change, so perhaps adapt your thinking around exercise. There’s no need to keep up the marathon gym sessions! If you want to maintain your gains, then utilise the maintenance principle of exercise, and cut down your gym time for the short term.  Or if you exercise primarily for fun and social reasons, then look at choosing your favourite activities, or sport commitments, and keep those up first. Another approach might be to snack on exercise – little 1min bouts of activity throughout the day.

There is a lot of information out there, but if it’s all a bit overwhelming, then why not  book in with for a FREE 15min consultation with a fitness consultant at the RecCentre? Our staff will look over your programme (bring it with you), and help you choose a shorter, smarter exercise plan to see you through your exams.

Good luck!

UC RecCentre

Spin concession card special – win a prize pack

Now it’s even cheaper to get your spin fix at the RecCentre – we’ve got a sharp deal coming up, 10 classes for $15! Oh, and also you can enter to win a full 10 class concession card.

Did you know that you have a RecCentre account?  When you signed up to the gym, we asked you to create an account, and then ‘purchase’ a free membership.  (If you haven’t signed up you can do it here, and then pop in to see us, we’ll take your gym photo and activate your account in person).   

With your RecCentre account up and running, there are a few cool features you can already access.  Go to the Member Account log in page on our website, enter your username and password (that you used to set up your account with us, so it might not be the same as your UC one), from here you’ll be able to see what appointments and court bookings you’ve already made with us. You’ll also see how many spin classes you’ve got left to use and be able to view the group fitness timetable through your account. We recommend saving this link to your homescreen, so you can access it quickly when you need to. We’ll be rolling out more features, such as booking courts or consultants online, and will keep you updated as this happens.

So, how do you get your $15 concession card? Easy! You can purchase one (one per person) at our reception counter anytime between Monday 14 May and Sunday 27 May, 2018, and we’ll add it to your account.  Then, each time you come to spin, you simply say ‘spin please, on my account’ like a boss, and we’ll take care of it.    How can you win a prize pack containing 1x Spin Concession Card and a snazzy RecCentre  water bottle?  Simply purchase a concession card during our promotion period and you’re automatically in the draw!  We’ll select two winners on 28 May and notify you via your nominated email account so make sure you’ve got the correct one attached to your account!

See you soon,
UC RecCentre

Three ways to make the most of your FREE RecCentre membership

So, you’ve got yourself a free gym membership at the RecCentre, but you’re not entirely sure how to make the most of it?  A bit short of time, and the options are just a bit overwhelming?  How do you know you’re doing it right, or best for you?   Here’s how we can help you navigate your first gym experience.

First off, sign up for a FREE StartMe Gym Starter programme.   We take up to six people in one session, but most of the time it’s 2-3 people, or if you’re lucky, you’ll fly solo.  In your 45min session, you’ll get a brief tour of the facility (optional if you’ve scoped it out already), and then we’ll show you how to use the cardio equipment.  After this we’ll take you through 5-6 simple exercises on the weights machines for a full body workout. You can ask as many questions as you have, and since there is no such thing as a silly question, bombard our fitness consultants with all of your fitness questions you’ve always wanted to ask! Don’t forget, these are group sessions, so you can sign up with a friend as well. 

Second, get into the group fitness classes! They’re FREE with your membership (except for Spin, which is $3) and they’re an excellent way to learn how to exercise safely in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Our trainers are super knowledgeable and experienced, so you’re in great hands. We have a range of classes, at different intensities, for different goals (such as cardio, muscle conditioning or relaxation/stretching), there really is something for everyone! Not sure which to start with? Chat to a fitness consultant or a receptionist for advice.  Or just bite the bullet, check out our timetable and give it a go!  Our classes cater for all levels, and there are options in the class to make it easier or harder to suit. 

Finally, read up on our gym etiquette and rules.  Every gym shares some common rules (like bring a gym towel, wear closed shoes), and each gym will have its own specialty rules to make their gym sing.   You can pick up a copy of our etiquette in handy brochure form to read at the gym while you warm up, or you can read it online.  Either way, make sure you are schooled up and before you know it, you too will be a gym legend.

Most of all, have fun!  Exercise will help you study better, sleep better, feel better, stave off the ‘fresherfive’ and generally just make you feel good. Find something you enjoy doing (even if it’s not the gym) and make it a habit. You won’t regret it!

Watch out for our next post, and be in to win PushMe personal training sessions, valued at $200!

Be happy and healthy!
Kat, UC RecCentre