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Meditation Mondays – free at UC!

Ever wondered how to meditate? Whilst there are a plethora of free meditation apps and videos on you tube, sometimes it’s just nice to have the comfort of a real teacher there to guide you, and answer your questions at the end of your meditation.

There are a range of meditation techniques out there, and we’ve lined up our yoga teacher Saskia Tranter, to offer 2x 20min guided meditation sessions. There is no cost to participate, and you don’t have to be a member of the RecCentre to join.

UC Students and Staff will have priority if we run out of space.

Where and When?
Every Monday throughout term time, beginning Monday 16 July for six weeks. You don’t need to come to every session, just the ones you can make.

Sessions start at 12pm and 12.30pm, and will be held in Rm 210, Puaka-James Hight. Sessions are capped at however many we can safely fit in the room, so do arrive early to get your seat.

Why meditate?
Relaxation is number one! Studies on the relaxation response have shown various short-term benefits to the nervous system including lower blood pressure, improved blood circulation, lower heart rate, slower respiratory (breathing) rate, less anxiety, more feelings of well-being, less stress, and deeper relaxation.

It’s worthwhile noting that the purpose of meditation is not to achieve benefits, but to simply be present. Out of being present, we may find that these benefits come.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact danielle.mather@canterbury.ac.nz

PT plus membership intro special for UC staff

What is a Personal Trainer (PT) good for, and do you really need one?

In all honesty, not everyone needs a PT, but they can certainly  help those of us who struggle with motivation, knowledge or boredom in the gym.

Why should you get a trainer?

1. It’s educational. We all love education right? If you want to learn to change the oil in your car, you don’t go to a hairdresser, and relying on unvetted Youtube or Instagrammers can be risky.  The best option is to find a qualified trainer who can work out a plan to suit your lifestyle and achieve your goals. It can also help prevent injuries or overtraining woes, which may slow you down.

2. Accountability. How many times have you procrastinated or said ‘tomorrow’? With a trainer, you’ll have a scheduled appointment for your diary to motivate you to turn up. And they’ll keep tweaking your programme to ensure it’s still challenging and intrinsically motivating for you.

3. Time management. With little spare time, it’s crucial that we find time to work on our own health and wellbeing. A trainer can help you maximise your time, so that you get the best workout in the time you have available.

4. It’s just more fun! Not having to think about what’s coming up next in your routine, and just letting the trainer guide you can be freeing and relaxing (all whilst working up a sweat). They can come up with fun and interesting ways to achieve your goals, without going to ‘standard’ exercises that are easier to remember on your own. They generally have good banter and charming personalities, which makes a 45min sweat session that much more enjoyable.

If any or all of these points resonate with you, then maybe you could do with a trainer? Good news is, starting Monday 11 June, we have an amazing 1 month Introductory training package available to all UC Staff.

We’re offering 1 full month of RecCentre Membership PLUS 4x PushMe personal training sessions for just $99.

Why are we doing it? Because your health is important, and we know that budget can be another constraint, so let’s remove that and get you off to a good start.  At that price, you can afford to give it a whirl, and see if it’s right for you.

Hurry, the special ends on Saturday 30 June, 2018, and you must bring your current Staff ID card to sign up at our reception (not available online). Visiting staff can take advantage of this too!

Finally, just note that this offer isn’t available in conjunction with other discounts, like discount vouchers or union membership discounts.

UC TAKES THIRD PLACE IN AOTEAROA BIKE CHALLENGE

The UC team received third place in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge for the 500-1999 staff category in Christchurch.

Two of the staff who participated shared their experience:

Why I joined – Diana Hinterleitner

I signed up with Love to Ride Christchurch for the 2017 Aotearoa bike challenge and noted that UC did not have a registered team.  As I was wanting to make sure that my logged rides would count for something I set up UC and became the “Challenge Champion”, it was then up to me to encourage members of the UC staff to join up as well. 

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge ran from 1 – 28 February 2018, we currently have 115 out of 1764 staff registered within 35 different departments, we were still able to reach 3rd place for Christchurch.

It’s great to 

see progress when logging rides, for the challenge and also on an every day basis using automatic uploads via the Ride Report app.  Having recently purchased an E-bike (and not paying for car parking) I am now committed to commuting to work (20km round trip) by bike as much as possible. 

Grab life with both hands – Meg Twist

I am new to Christchurch, new to UC and new to cycling to work.  I made the decision to capture the freedom of my youth and attempt to cycle the 10km journey to and from work.

Encouraged by the wonderful Connie of Go Cycle Christchurch, and  a very bike-friendly work colleague, Dawn, the next logical step was to take part in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge. In such a large organisation like UC, it has given me contacts with other cyclists across campus.

Achieving small  goals like exceeding my previous weeks kilometres became ridiculously fun and addictive! I have saved money on petrol and increased my overall fitness. The website was user friendly and a great way  to check in to see how UC was faring against our competitors across the city. 

I am proud that UC came third in the competition, and encourage other UC staff to join next year.  It’s free and there are seriously good prizes on offer!

Angela Curl, Leigh Davidson,Johann Kissick, Sam Garmonsway,Lisa Beardsley,Diana Hinterleitner,Megan Twist,Margaret Ingram,Romy Forrer,Elizabeth Zou,Leonie Partridge, Felicity Watson, Alan Palmer

 

UC takes third place in Aotearoa Bike Challenge

The UC team received third place in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge for the 500-1999 staff category in Christchurch.

Two of the staff who participated shared their experience:

Why I joined – Diana Hinterleitner

I signed up with Love to Ride Christchurch for the 2017 Aotearoa bike challenge and noted that UC did not have a registered team.  As I was wanting to make sure that my logged rides would count for something I set up UC and became the “Challenge Champion”, it was then up to me to encourage members of the UC staff to join up as well. 

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge ran from 1 – 28 February 2018, we currently have 115 out of 1764 staff registered within 35 different departments, we were still able to reach 3rd place for Christchurch.

It’s great to 

see progress when logging rides, for the challenge and also on an every day basis using automatic uploads via the Ride Report app.  Having recently purchased an E-bike (and not paying for car parking) I am now committed to commuting to work (20km round trip) by bike as much as possible. 

Grab life with both hands – Meg Twist

I am new to Christchurch, new to UC and new to cycling to work.  I made the decision to capture the freedom of my youth and attempt to cycle the 10km journey to and from work.

Encouraged by the wonderful Connie of Go Cycle Christchurch, and  a very bike-friendly work colleague, Dawn, the next logical step was to take part in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge. In such a large organisation like UC, it has given me contacts with other cyclists across campus.

Achieving small  goals like exceeding my previous weeks kilometres became ridiculously fun and addictive! I have saved money on petrol and increased my overall fitness. The website was user friendly and a great way  to check in to see how UC was faring against our competitors across the city. 

I am proud that UC came third in the competition, and encourage other UC staff to join next year.  It’s free and there are seriously good prizes on offer!

Angela Curl, Leigh Davidson,Johann Kissick, Sam Garmonsway,Lisa Beardsley,Diana Hinterleitner,Megan Twist,Margaret Ingram,Romy Forrer,Elizabeth Zou,Leonie Partridge, Felicity Watson, Alan Palmer

 

How can a personal trainer help your wellbeing?

Is this your year? Have you set some personal health and wellbeing goals or intentions for 2018? Do you need some help or accountability to achieve them? A personal trainer might just be part of the solution!

Personal trainers can sometimes be hard to justify when the budget is tight, in fact they’re often the first thing to be scrapped when a budget is drawn up. So it’s about priorities, so first of all, work out what your priorities are. If your health is holding you back, perhaps it’s important to prioritise that aspect of your life, in order to improve the rest?

A PT can help you in at least three of the five ways to wellbeing. Obviously, you’ll get to tick off ‘Being active’. Regular activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups, and for slowing age related cognitive decline.

They are also great for getting ‘connected’. Whilst not licensed therapists, PTs are usually very good listeners and it can be a nice way to make a positive social connection each week.

You’ll definitely ‘learn’ along the way, as your PT will be source of new information and be able to quench your thirst for exercise knowledge! The practice of setting goals can also help elevate levels of wellbeing, and you’ll no doubt set a few goals with your PT.

So, if you’ve been trying the same thing over and over again, and getting the same (lack of) results, maybe it’s time to try something new? The RecCentre has a range of options for all budgets and accountability needs, ranging from free StartMe intro sessions, low cost individualised SteerMe programmes, partial service PushME sessions through to full service personalised training.

Personal training special!
Haley Ingram, one of our spectacular PT’s, is currently offering a personal training special for new clients, until the end of April. Have two personal training sessions at regular price, and the next three you’ll receive at 50% off.

Haley has been a Personal Trainer at the RecCentre for over 10 years, and in the business for more than 20 years. She is well qualified, with both a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (Waikato), and a Postgraduate Diploma in Physical Education (Otago).

If you’re interested in chatting to Haley about how she can help you reach your health and wellbeing goals in 2018 and beyond, you can email her directly on haleyingram@gmail.com or call her on 0274 379 674.