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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

 

You are my sunshine – staying well in winter

UC Health Centre nurse Wendy Risdon says the sun’s rays are free and essential for life – and there is research which supports the need for some sun exposure in winter.

You would be excused for thinking all you need to do to stay well this winter is have a flu vaccination. How about the virtues of good old soap and water when handwashing and a daily dose of sunshine?

The sun’s rays are free and essential for life. It is the sun on bare skin that creates vitamin D which strengthens the immune system and is essential for the regulation of hundreds of body processes. It is hard to obtain enough vitamin D from dietary sources alone though there is some in fatty fish, egg yolk, organ meats or cod liver oil, the best utilised source is the sun.

This is a reason to leave your office or work place at lunch time because in winter UVB rays aren’t strong enough in the early morning or late afternoon to trigger vitamin D production, only at midday or when the sun is at least 30 degrees above the horizon. This happens to be the exact time some experts tell us to stay out of the sun!

 

You need 10-30 minutes of sun exposure, depending on skin pigmentation, in the middle of the day. This can improve mood, help depression and actually decrease cancer risk. It can also help with fat loss, building muscle and blood sugar control.

So where is my evidence? A recent review, led by the Queen Mary University of London, looked at 11,321 people across 25 separate trials in order to see if there was any definitive correlations present in this regard. These studies looked at a range of infections, from common cold strains to full-blown influenza.

They came to the conclusion that, for every 33 people regularly taking Vitamin D supplements as part of a balanced diet, one of them would not experience a cold or flu infection during the year. This would make it more effective than the flu vaccination.

Overall, extended to the entire UK, this works out to be three million people without the sniffles. This would not just be great for their own health, but would be a huge boost to the British economy in terms of work hours not lost to sickness. I am sure we could extrapolate this out to have a similar impact in New Zealand.

If you can get outside regularly around midday, in winter and spring you don’t need a Vitamin D supplement, but if you are office or library bound, day after day, you are likely to be low in Vitamin D and susceptible to colds and flu’s and other respiratory illnesses.

So my winter wellness tip is to take regular small doses of sunshine and watch your health improve.

Wendy Risdon

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.