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What type of exercise is right for me?

So you’ve decided it’s time to get in shape and build a healthier lifestyle? Congratulations! That’s the first and most important step. There are numerous articles (including this one from the Mayo Clinic) on the benefits of exercise. You won’t regret your decision!

Sticking with a routine is the hard bit! I believe the most important factors in sticking to an exercise routine are to understand WHY you’re doing it, and then to choose activities that match your goals and personality.

Recreation centre, various classes set up by staff for marketing services, 20.10.15 Client, Kat Henderson, Rec Centre.

Why 1: Why do you want to exercise? Seems obvious, but often overlooked! Keep your reasons for exercising at the forefront. Choosing exercise that will help you reach your goals will keep you motivated to stick to your routine.

Why 2: Think about times when you were active (got your heart rate up and sweated a bit) and absolutely loved it so much that it didn’t feel like exercise. What were you doing? Were you outside or inside? Who were you with, or were you by yourself? What one word describes the activity? WHY did you enjoy it so much?

Why 3: Now think about times when you were active and absolutely hated it, and couldn’t wait for it to be over! What were you doing? Were you outside or inside? Who were you with, or were you by yourself? What one word describes the activity? WHY did you not enjoy this experience?

I think you can predict the next step. You’ve identified activities that you enjoyed for whatever reason, as well as ones that made you feel less than enthusiastic. Your next task is to look to recreate those positives in new ways, while avoiding the ones that made you cringe. You may need to try some new things, or re-try them, but look for options that might bring about the reason why you enjoy exercise. For example, you may have loved playing rugby or netball as a child for the camaraderie and skill challenge. Whilst the body might not cope with competitive sport any more, it could be okay with a new sport with less physical rigour, whilst delivering on social and skill aspects.

Remember – our preferences will change often. Our core values – not so much. Find activities that will meet your goals and fit your personality and you’ll be on the road to a healthier you in no time!

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UC RecCentre

IELTS Test Centre to open at UC

Support for students who require English Language Proficiency Certificate for programme entry:

The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM)  in the College of Education, Health and Human Development  is delighted to become part of the IDP global network of IELTS test centres by gaining approval to open an IELTS test centre at the University of Canterbury.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication.

The IELTS testing centre is a natural extension of the other services offered by CEM, which was established in 1999 and provides high quality assessments and surveys for NZ schools. IELTS testing will initially be offered twice a month. CEM will become the second IELTS test centre in Christchurch.

Dr John Boereboom, Director of CEM, is  presently fully engaged in preparing the infrastructure to open the IELTS Test Centre and assessment is expected to commence in April 2017.

Professor Gail T. Gillon, PhD
Pro-Vice-Chancellor College of Education, Health and Human Development | Amorangi Ako me te Hauora

Why get involved in O Day?

The Events and Partnerships team is seeking staff volunteers to help at Orientation Day on 17 February 2017.

UC colleagues have this to say about the O Day experience:

“Students are our core business – without them we don’t have a University. Staff need to get to know them, and they need to know and recognise us. What better way to meet our new 2017 cohort than to join them on O Day, and feel their excitement and (sometimes) nerves as they start out on a very big adventure. They have entrusted their learning futures to us – we should meet with them, acknowledge that, and share their special day.”

Professor Jan Evans-Freeman, Pro-Vice Chancellor Engineering

“I volunteered as it is a unique opportunity to connect and interact with the students and be part of that UC vibe! I enjoyed welcoming the students in the beginning of their learning journey, putting a smile in their faces, encouraging them to take a picture with their families and therefore contributing in creating memories! Calling for UC faces! Colleagues get involved! Remember and enjoy the energy that comes with the first day in Uni! For one day, we become a walking UC advertisement!”

Evelyn Varelogiannis, Learning Resources

“When the call went out for people to help welcome the fresh faced students on last years O Day, I was pretty keen. Sure – I wanted to offer a positive first impression of UC. But more than that, I wanted one of those Canterbury Red® t-shirts that came with the gig.  But helping on the day turned out to be way more fun than I’d bargained for. You see, our team was in charge of distributing UC lip balm to the first years as they arrived on campus… and I took this job very, very seriously. As the students came up Arts Road like whitebait swimming towards a giant whitebait net, I enjoyed the camaraderie of being in a team, the experience of seeing the anticipation on the students’ faces, and, of course, the deep satisfaction of knowing that I was playing my part in keeping our new students lips supple and healthy.  P.S. I still have the shirt.”

Spanky Moore, Senior Ecumenical Chaplain

“We all know that a core part of a positive student experience is having positive engagement with staff, and O Day provides the opportunity to get this off to a great start.”

Professor Jonathan Le Cocq, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Arts

“Volunteering at O Day was a fantastic opportunity to get out and meet students arriving at UC from not only our own backyard, but from all around the world. It was inspiring to hear students’ enthusiasm for UC. The sushi and hot chip give-away was very popular too!”

Dr Dean Sutherland, College of Science

And read this blog from Katie Perry about her team’s experience helping at O Day.

Drawing strength from humanitarian history

UC lecuturer in women’s and feminist history, Katie Pickles writes about participating in the Women’s March on Saturday 21 January.

Christchurch is a global hotbed for women’s rights as human rights, and for the promotion of social reform, diversity and strong communities.

On the edge of the UC campus is the house where Kate Sheppard lived when she led the campaign that resulted in New Zealand becoming the first country in the world to allow women to vote. And all women were enfranchised in 1893, not just white or rich women, as would happen later on and elsewhere around the world.

Sheppard was part of an important radical strain in Christchurch’s history that is now a firm tradition. We share in, and are connected to, the spirit of the Women’s March on Washington.

As I explore in my recent book Christchurch Ruptures, there are many people in this city who have advanced human rights including Kate Sheppard, Elsie Locke, Ettie Rout, Rewi Alley and Harry Ell. And there are many, many more who go unnamed.

University of Canterbury foundation professor Alexander Bickerton was an important mentor for a generation of students, and the university can boast Apirana Ngata as the first Maori graduate and Helen Connon as the first women with an honours degree in the former British Empire. Humanities and Fine Arts at this university enjoys a long and strong tradition of excellence, questioning the status quo, and seeking truth and new knowledge, that society needs more than ever in 2017.

I marched to remember this proud humanitarian history and to draw strength from it in 2017.

I teach women’s andKatie feminist history here at UC. In particular, I am interested in heroines in history. At the march, my daughter Clara and I read out inspirational quotes from American leading humanitarian, author, political activist and lecturer Helen Keller (1880-1968). Helen overcame being deaf and blind to smash previous barriers for disabled people, and to advocate for and improve the lives of countless people in society. Some examples are: ‘the only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision’, and ‘until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained’.

Keller’s dignified words of wisdom stand in solidarity for tolerance, equality and diversity. She believed that women’s rights were human rights, that diversity is the strength of our communities, that all voices deserve to be heard and that we are stronger together – much like many of our local citizens here in Christchurch through the ages.