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Are You Ready For The Challenge

The Australasian University Health Challenge is about to kick off on 19 August – today! If you haven’t signed up yet then head on over to website to get your step by step instructions on how to be involved. Join the other 113 other University of Canterbury participants who have said yes to the challenge.

If you still need some more motivation on joining then have a look at our Facebook below. You can have a chance to win a brand new Fitbit Charge 2 worth $269.99.

The challenge is not only just for steps either. You can record other forms of activities such as biking, swimming, or even volleyball. As long as you are physical active you can add it to your daily step count through the online physical activity to steps converter.

Remember keeping consistent and motivated is always better with a friend. Find someone who will keep you accountable and this challenge may change your life.

Australasian University Health Challenge (10,000 Steps)

AUHC

Yesterday (1 August) marked the first official day for signups on the Australasian University Health Challenge. If you haven’t heard much about it then visit our website for a bit more information.

In short there are 12 universities from Australia and New Zealand, challenging each other to see who can get the most steps from August 19 to September 29. So we invite you, your friends, colleagues, students, and anyone with two legs to join us in feeling healthier whilst beating the Aussies.

Why are we doing this challenge you may ask? Well less than 20% of Australian adults reach the recommended level of 10,000 steps per day on average. What is more shocking is nearly half (49%) of all New Zealand adults do not achieve at least 30 minutes of physical activity on 5 days or more per week according to the Ministry of Health annual update 2013/14. That there is a shocking number! Multiple studies have shown that physical activity and exercise can help lower cholesterol, improve cognitive function, improve blood pressure, and bring happiness. With all these benefits this challenge is literally a walk in the park.

Join up by visiting our website or heading to the 10,000 steps page

Taste at the buffet….pre-Spring Gym Membership Sale coming soon!

Are you ready to take the plunge and take control of your wellbeing?  Physical activity is one piece of the jigsaw, and the team at Rec & Sport are here to help! By increasing your activity levels, even just a fraction, you will experience both physical health and mental health gains.

The list is long, and I’m sure you’re familiar with it….lower blood pressure, better sleep, better weight management, lower stress levels, lower anxiety, alleviate depression and better pain management and more. All that can add up to better happy, or a serious case of increased twinkle in the eye.

We all know this deep down, yet we still manage to stay in our comfort zone, which for many of us, is firmly out of the gym! But our gym isn’t like the others…it has a cool retro vibe (who doesn’t love green vinyl floors and what about all that gorgeous wood….), modern equipment, and really nice people inside who want you to have a good time. Okay, that does sound like a lot of other gyms, but our difference is that we offer a buffet of experiences for your health and wellbeing, not just cardio, weights and classes, so you’ll be sure to find something you enjoy to fuel your happy.

As a staff member, you enjoy a 40% discount on our full community rate year round, and for a limited time, we’ll be offering a super sharp deal to get you on your health journey. Not sure?  Why not get yourself a free 2 week trial?

What’s the promo?  Buy 6months, get an additional 3 months on us!  As a staff member, that’s $219 for 9 months, which is just $24ish per month! On top of that, we’ll throw in a free SteerMe programme to get you started (valued at $35), and a full body analysis (LINK TO PAGE), an accurate and non-intrusive measure of your health starting point. For all the T’s&C’s, head to our specials page.

 

Are you ready to increase your twinkle?

Universities Step Challenge – 10,000 Step Challenge

Just like the Aotearoa Bike Challenge at the start of this year in February, we are inviting you to join in on the Universities step challenge. The challenge has been set by the team at CQ University Australia and they have invited campuses all around Australia and New Zealand to join in.  It is open to all staff, students, and anyone who is associated with UC, with official registrations of the challenge starting on 1 August (SO SAVE THE DATE!)

The challenge is simple, you need to complete 10,000 steps a day from 19 August to 29 September. As daunting as this may sound, it is not impossible. Once you take into account walking to and from office, up and down stairs, to and from meetings, and around the campus, the steps starts to rack up without you even knowing.

So who are we battling against in the challenge of the steps? Well there are a total of 12 universities across Australasia in the Universities Step Challenge.

The Australian universities are:

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Bond University
  • Southern Cross University
  • The University of Newcastle
  • The University of Western Australia
  • The University of the Sunshine Coast
  • The University of Queensland
  • Western Sydney University

The champions universities in New Zealand are:

  • The University of Canterbury
  • The University of Waikato
  • Victoria University of Wellington

Being the only campus from the South Island we need to show the others the true grit of Canterbury walking. We already won the Super Rugby so now’s not the time to slow down. Let’s keep this championship mentality going forward one step at a time as each step is in the right direction for you overall health and wellness. Jump onto our website to get more information or talk to your faculty coordinator to join the team in the challenge. If you don’t know who they are then please get in contact with me via email.

Go on, take on the challenge. EVERY STEP COUNTS!

Australasian University Health Challenge – Save the Date

Step up and step out. The University of Canterbury is in a race to out-step eleven other universities in the first Australian University Health Challenge.

Just like the Aotearoa Bike Challenge earlier this year in February, we are inviting you to join the Australasian University Health Challenge for August. This challenge has been set up by the team at CQ University Australia and they have invited campuses all around Australia and New Zealand to join in.

All you need is your 2 feet and the will to complete 10,000 steps a day from 19 August to 29 September. This may sound like a crazy task but you’d be surprised to know that if you add in all your steps from walking around campus and to and from meetings they starts to accumulate without you even knowing.

The challenge does not start until 19 August and the official registration does not open until 1 August. However if you are eager to jump on early and count your steps then by all means do so! You can sign up early and keep track of your steps by visiting their website.

Who are the twelve universities involved in this battle? Well check out the competition below

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Bond University
  • Southern Cross University
  • The University of Newcastle
  • The University of Western Australia
  • The University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Western Sydney University
  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of Canterbury
  • The University of Waikato
  • Victoria University of Wellington

With UC being the only University from the South Island of New Zealand, let us show the north that we can step! But why stop there… lets show the Aussies we mean business too! So save the date 19 August to 29 September 29.