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The power of Yet

Have you come back with a little (or big) desire to make changes to bring about more wellbeing in your life? Perhaps we can help with that.

First up, i’d like to introduce you to the power of a little word  – yet. Put it at the end of a sentence, and it changes everything.

“I can’t touch my toes…yet”
“I don’t journal…yet”
“I haven’t found an exercise I like…yet”
“I can’t play guitar…yet”
“I don’t speak Italian…yet”

Finding your best wellbeing formula will require a bit of trial and error.   You might find journalling or a self-care routine is enough to put you in your happy place, but you might also find it doesn’t.  Check out these 15 tips to boost your wellbeing  and you might just get some inspiration.

Part of that formula should include some exercise.  Find something joyful, that every time you move you look forward to it, and are perhaps a little sad when it’s over!   This could be outdoors, indoors, at the beach or in the garden.

If you think structured exercise may help (perhaps you love routine, or recognise that your spontaneous nature could do with a little routine to balance you out), then we’d love to see you at the RecCentre.    More than just your standard gym, we offer a big range of activities under one roof, so you can get a taste of what the fitness industry has to offer at a super low price.   Just maybe we ‘ve got something that will excite you!

Right now, we have a 3-month membership special, which runs until 19 January, to help you get started.  If you’re not sure, pop over for a look through, then start with a 2-week trial – it’s free for UC Staff.

Have a happy and healthy 2020!

 

 

2019 Exercise New Zealand Industry Award Winner

Congratulations to Danielle Mather , Group Fitness Co-ordinator at UC Rec & Sport (UC RecCentre), who won the 2019 Group Exercise Instructor of the Year (Own Choreography) Award last weekend.

Marietta Mehanni, Danielle Mather, Maria Teresa Stone 

The New Zealand Exercise Industry Awards have been taking place annually since 2005, recognising excellence in the exercise and fitness industry. Judging was a three-stage process and took just over 3 months. Danielle submitted multiple videos of her teaching and personal reflection questions.  In the final stage, mystery shoppers evaluated the six finalists, who came from Christchurch, Nelson, Auckland and Wellington. Danielle was awarded the top prize in the awards ceremony  in Auckland.

Danielle’s journey started as a casual receptionist for the UC RecCentre in 2012, whilst studying full-time toward her BSc in Biology at the University of Canterbury.  At the encouragement of RecCentre staff, she undertook concurrent study at SIT to complete her Group Fitness Instructors Certificate.   In late 2013, Danielle stepped up to be acting Group Fitness Co-ordinator, whilst continuing her studies and working reception. At the completion of her BSc in 2014, she was successful in becoming the permanent Group Fitness Co-ordinator at the RecCentre.   She now leads a team of 50+ instructors and offers a broad programme of over 70+ classes per week in term time.

As a certified Skills Active Assessor, Danielle now trains budding UC Students to become group fitness instructors.  We have certified 15 new instructors since we started the programme in 2015, with five more currently receiving the helpful steady hand of Danielle as they complete their certification through on the job learning.

The team at UC Rec & Sport are extremely proud of Danielle’s journey and success so far, and we look forward to what’s to come. In the meantime, we’ll be jumping in on her classes at the RecCentre to get our daily dose of wellness!

Bootcamp, Ballet and Boxing – four week courses start 18 November

Keen to get into your best health in summer?  Not sure where to start?  Any exercise is good for your health, but here’s why Small Group Training might be a good fit for you – and you don’t have to be a RecCentre member….read on!

Why SGT? 

  • Accountability – you commit for four weeks with your hard earned cash, you’re more likely to turn up.  The group is small, so they’ll notice if you’re missing !
  • Fun – it’s way more fun to workout in a group, the time will fly by.  And because it’s the same group of people each time, you may even make a few new friends and acquaintances
  • Value – personal training can be expensive, SGT is not!  Get a top notch supervised workout at a fraction of the price.   You don’t need to plan, just turn up and be willing to do the work.

What courses are available?

Boxing A boxing based fitness class to get your heart rate up and condition your muscles to be strong, fit and healthy.

Options:  Mondays, 6.10pm with Gary or Wednesdays 6.10pm with Jay.
Cost:  $30 Members, $48 Non-Members

Boxing

 

Bootcamp – No limits, get pushed to your edge and find your inner warrior!     Two days a week, be motivated by Gary and then you only have to motivate yourself for at least one more workout per week for good health!  Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6.30am.
Cost:  $44 Members / $74 non-members

Bootcamp

Ballet – a ballet based fitness class where you’ll prepare the body for dance and learn real ballet steps.   Great for beginners and for those who’ve danced before!  Taught by our ballet teacher Zoe.
Cost:  $40  Members/ $64 Non-members

Barre

How to register

Simply head to the RecCentre and sign up at the desk.  We only take registrations with payment, so get in quick, because these fill up fast!   All courses are 4 weeks, commencing the week beginning 18 November, 2019.

For more information, visit our website or contact danielle.mather@canterbury.ac.nz 

Summer Memberships on Sale at the UC RecCentre – starts Cup Week!

Ah… the sweet hibernation of winter is long gone, along with excuses that it’s too cold, too wet, or too dark to exercise. Then came Spring, and we dusted off our walking shoes and took a few jaunty laps of Hagley Park to enjoy the cherry blossoms. Summer is just around the corner,  and with most of the students away, it’s a quiet time to get to the RecCentre to add to your wellbeing, all just a stone’s throw from your desk.

Perhaps you’ve been thinking about taking some yoga to relieve stress and pain, or zumba classes to dance away your ills? Maybe you’ve finally got yourself ready to ‘hit the gym’ to reap the benefits of adding muscles to your frame?  Whatever your ‘why’, summer is a great time to look for your ideal exercise at the UC RecCentre.

The Rec&Sport team – who run the RecCentre facility – aim to offer a variety of exercise options because we know that one size does not fit all!   Make no mistake, the best way to stick to an exercise plan that adds to your health is to find something that brings you joy!   Reflect on each activity you try and ask yourself if you beared it, or whether you really enjoyed yourself?  Keep trying and learning new things until you find what fits.

To help you explore the buffet of activities we have at the RecCentre, we’ve got a great Summer special for new members.  On top of a roughly 30% saving on the 3mth price, we’re adding on a free BCS (gives you a great baseline health assessment) valued at $20, and a free SteerMe ( a personalised programme to help you reach your goals and be really efficient with your time at the gym) valued at $35.      Head over to our website to read the full offer, terms and conditions. 

Need an exercise buddy?  Great idea!  Anyone can join the RecCentre, they just pay a little more than UC Staff do! This offer commences on Monday 11 November 2019, and finishes on Sunday 8 December 2019.  If you’re still on the fence, why not try a 14-day trial?   It’s free for UC staff, and $25 for everyone else. If you get onto it now, you’ll still have time to grab this great 3mth deal!

See you soon!

Self-Care Staff Specials at the UC RecCentre

“If you listen to your body when it whispers, you won’t have to hear it shout”.      

Are you listening to your body?  The small daily aches and pains are signs you may need to address your health and wellbeing.   You may already have some self-care routines in place, but are you ready to take it to the next level and add some exercise to that routine?

As the weather gets colder, now is a great time to pop over and see what activities we have on offer that will serve your wellbeing.

Self-Care Staff Specials

In conjunction with Self-Care fortnight, UC Rec & Sport are pleased to offer a range of membership specials and TWO FREE WEEKS at the UC RecCentre for you and your support people. 

Exercising alone is tough, we’re much more likely to be successful if we do it with a friend (or two!).   Your exercise buddy doesn’t need to be a staff or student at UC.  Just make sure you read up on how to access your 2 week passes – they’ll start the day you pick it up and start your fitness journey.

How to exercise

Going solo
Essentially, just move!  Any kind of movement will be beneficial, so it’s best to find something you enjoy.   If you’re a little unsure on how to use the gym, then book in for a free StartMe session and our instructors will take you through a simple starter programme.  

We also have a sharp deal for UC staff on our PushMe personal training – experience the PushMe package deal at student prices.

Do the group thing
Blend into one of our large group fitness classes and get your workout on.  If large groups aren’t your thing, then perhaps try our Zone classes – Fit45, Yoga Restore and Spin –  they are smaller in size and in a more private setting.  These do cost an additional $3 per class, we do have a concession special that makes things faster, easier and even cheaper.

Small Group Training (SGT) is also be a good fit for many – small classes, private rooms, same group of people each week building up your skillset each session.  New in Term 2 are Ballet and TRX-Pilates, check out our website for information and some cool videos.    You don’t need to be a member to join our SGT courses but if you are, you do get a good discount.

Sport to be well

So your dreams of making the Silver Ferns or the All Blacks is over? That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the benefits of friendly competition, connections, skill development and fitness that sport offers.   UC Staff can enter our social sport leagues, or come along to an organised drop-in session if committing for 6 weeks is a bit much.    As a member, squash and badminton court hire is free on weekdays before 4pm, on a turn up and play basis.

Have a fabulous fortnight!
UC Rec & Sport