Maybe you don’t like the gym, or the gym is closed (like the RecCentre is closed this weekend for a couple of days), or you are away on holiday. Here are some cheap and free ways to keep exercising, staying on track for your health and wellness goals.
1. Seek out free trial passes or classes
Many gyms offer a free trial pass, either for a day or a week in most cases. Simply do a google search for free gym trials Christchurch, and see what comes up. In our quick search we found Les Mills (1 day), Snap Fitness (3 days), Jetts (5 days), Anytime Fitness (7 days) and F45 (14 days). If you have a friend who has a CityFitness Black membership , you can tag along on their free guest access benefit. Yoga studios, such as Apollo, Flow and Grassroots also offer discounted 2 week trials for first timers (usually in the region of $25-30 for 2 weeks – keep in mind a single class is usually ~$18).
Do remember that these gyms have full sales teams, so do expect to be added to their database and be called for years to come! Also, don’t forget that the RecCentre closes for a full 2 weeks at Christmas every year, so you may want to keep the 2 week pass to F45 until later in the year!
2. Experience the great outdoors
There are some excellent walking tracks and stairs around Canterbury, so get out amongst it!
Check out the Christchurch & Canterbury website for inspiration! The sunlight is good for your bones and overall wellness, boosting the happy hormones.
3. Do a home workout
There are some great online sites and apps that can guide you through safe exercise routines. Look for accredited/qualified practitioners. Some that we recommend are:
- Yogaholics – 14 day free trial, and then it’s AUD$12.95 per month for unlimited access. There is a range of yoga styles, teachers and durations to choose from. It’s relatively new, so not as many options, but enough to see you through!
- Yogaglo – 15 day free trial, and then it’s USD$18 per month. It is more expensive, but you do get over 3,500 classes to choose from, and a bigger range of teachers.
- Crunch Live – 10 day free trial, and then USD$9.99 per month. 85+ workouts at different levels and durations. Choose from cardio kickbox, BAT style, yoga and dance style classes.
Don’t forget, the RecCentre has reduced hours over the Easter break. You can find these on our website or on our Facebook Page.
It’s getting colder, which invariably makes it even harder to stick to your exercise plan, especially if you’re a morning exerciser! BRRR! So what can you do to stick to your best laid plans and maintain your new healthy habits?
Here are my top five tips for success:
- Schedule your workout in your Outlook calendar, mark it out of office, and don’t break it. Ever. Prioritise you. You are more likely to be performing your best for your team, if you have taken care of your own health and wellness needs first.
- Find a workout buddy to keep you accountable. They’re relying on you to turn up and vice-versa. You can have your daily (or 3x weekly) catch-up over a workout instead of coffee (or do both!) It really is much more fun!
- Choose activities that you look forward to and have fun doing, not ones ‘I have to get through’. (See my earlier blog on ‘what exercise is right for me’. )
- Choose locations for exercise that are convenient to your home or work, or on your way home. It’s more likely you’ll keep your fitness appointment, if you don’t have to go out of your way.
- Keep a packed workout bag (including healthy snacks and extra socks) in the car or office to minimise excuses.
And finally, don’t sweat the small stuff! For general health and fitness, just making sure you move every day, and more intensely 3-4x per week is what matters. It doesn’t matter if you train in the morning, afternoon or evening. Just make sure you do!
Check out the Bargain Box 2017 Group Fitness Challenge – an excellent way to stay motivated through winter.
See our website for more details
Hitting the pavement, cardio machines or weights room can be a fabulous way to reach your health and fitness goals, and suits many just fine. But there are some great reasons to join a group of like-minded individuals to get your regular exercise fix. Here are just five:
- The group fitness atmosphere is motivating and energising. The music, moves and teacher can drag you through your workout on the toughest days.
- There is no planning or thinking required! That’s the job of the instructor – they’ll plan the class, motivate you, and provide feedback and technique assistance on how well you’re doing. Just turn up and join in!
- You can schedule the class time into your calendar – committing to a time and place helps you create good habits.
- You can work at your own pace. Instructors teach multi-level classes, meaning people will be doing different adaptations of the same exercise all around you! You can choose to go heavier with your weights in pump (or not), to plank on your toes or knees or whether to turn up the dial in spin. As long as you are giving your best on the day, then you are winning.
- The social connections you can make with other exercisers and the instructors can really add sparkle to your day!
Most gyms that offer group fitness will have a range of styles on offer to suit most people. There will usually be a selection of cardio, resistance training, or mind-body based options.
The RecCentre offers 50+ classes per week as part of their Group Fitness timetable once the students are back, and an additional 10+ Small Group Training courses. You can check out our term time schedule and see if any of our classes look enticing! Not a member?
You can obtain a two week pass simply by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and letting me know you saw this offer on the blog.
Do you prefer the great outdoors? There are a number of outdoor classes operating around the city, at various prices. Do you prefer free? Check out the free, family friendly Saturday morning session run by PT in the Park www.facebook.com/PtInThePark/
Have a fun-filled day!
Take part in the 2017 Group Fitness Challenge – find out more here
Did you, like thousands of others, make yourself a promise to start the new year by improving your health, fitness or wellness? And have you now come back to the routine of work only to find the inspiration to start a new routine has already fizzled?
You are not alone! The good news is, there are ways to get on track and create new routines that will bring you good health. There are many paths, and here are just two we’ve found, which you can look at and decide if they might be the right path for you.
1. SMART Goals
A tried and tested method used in many disciplines is to set goals in business, health and more. Really dig down into your broad goal, and tighten it up. Make your goal Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-Based. Just google SMART Goals and you’ll find plenty of reputable resources to get you started.
Instead of saying ‘i’m going to start a new fitness regime this year’, you can reframe it as a question ‘how might I get fitter this year?’ The idea here is that questions are more engaging, less intimidating and more shareable than statements. By posing a question, you can get creative (and your friends can too) on how you might solve your question! See more on Questolutions here
Common to both (and the many other methods out there), is that you need to ink it! Set aside some time, grab a piece of paper (or a journal) and write it all down. Whether you choose to go it alone, ask a friend to help (they can be very objective and helpful) or engage the services of a professional – it’s entirely up to you. There are plenty of online resources at your fingertips! What we do know, is that if you’re serious about changing things up and making positive steps towards a healthier lifestyle with better work/life balance, it certainly helps to have a plan!
Check out what the UC Rec Centre offers that can help support your fitness goals.
Here’s to a healthy and happy 2017!
UC RecCentre Team