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UC Health Centre closure – holiday period

UC Health Centre is closing at Thursday 21 December, 12 noon and reopening on Monday 22 January 2018. The Centre is closed longer than usual for the summer holiday period to accommodate internal building work.

Patients can receive health advice whilst the Health Centre is closed by phoning +64 369 4444 (including international students registered with UC Health) and will be transferred to a Registered Nurse for health advice.

Domestic patients that are enrolled at any medical centre in the Canterbury District Health Board area can access free under 21 years of age consultations for contraception, including emergency contraception, from Riccarton Clinic or Moorhouse Medical. Note: you must request ‘under 21 consultation’ if applicable.

UC Health Centre team

Four reasons why an exercise buddy is a great idea

We all know how good exercise is for our body and mind, but it can be a real challenge to maintain interest and prioritise it, especially as we get busy. It can be daunting, it can be exciting, it can be many things to many people. Whatever you’re feeling about exercise, doing it with a friend, colleague or family member might be the solution to increase your motivation, and here’s why….

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1. It’s more fun exercising with a friend
It’s hard to get bored if you have an exercise buddy, and it will help the time pass quickly too.

2. You can build new friendships
Perhaps you have a team member or work colleague who is showing a vague interest in starting an exercise routine? Commit to a plan together and you’ll have something to talk about as you get to know them during your workout sessions.

3. You’re more likely to stick to your commitment
It’s not a nice feeling being stood up, nor letting someone down by not turning up. So, having an exercise buddy means you’re less likely to bail on the workout with lame excuses.

4. You might learn some new ideas
Variety is one of the keys to sticking to a plan, things get boring after a time. Your exercise buddy might have some interesting ideas to try out that you don’t know about. It’s fun learning something new and maybe less reason to quit.

There are of course plenty more reasons, these are just our top four! For a simple start, try scheduling a walk during your tea breaks or lunch break (or all three!) with a colleague. Make these non-negotiable to ensure you get some healthy movement into your day. Even a 5-10min jaunt will see you refreshed when you’re back at your desk!

If you’re keen on starting at the gym, we’ve got an awesome summer special starting 1 November, available for purchase throughout November. Check out our specials page for more info. Memberships are available to everyone, not just UC staff and students, so you can bring your exercise buddy with you!

Not sure if we’re the right gym for you?  Fair enough! Why not request a 7 day guest pass and try it out? Passes are available to anyone (yes, non-UC staff too!) who hasn’t been a member with us within the past 12 months.

Enjoy these blissful summer days coming our way!


Fascinated with health? Simulation Centre Tour

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UC supports the vision of a Health Precinct in Christchurch that integrates health care, population health, industry services, research, education and innovation in a world-class environment that attracts and retains top talent and delivers outstanding health outcomes. Partners include the Canterbury District Health Board, the University of Canterbury, ARA and the University of Otago.

You are warmly invited to the University of Otago, Christchurch, Health Showcase.

Sunday, 1 October, 1pm to  5pm, University of Otago, Christchurch, building at 2 Riccarton Ave (on the Christchurch Hospital campus).

Tour the labs, visit the medical Simulation Centre (where students and other health professionals practice skills before using them in real-life medical situations), watch a debate hosted by Gary McCormick called We can all live to 120 years old and talk to our researchers.

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The Health Precinct is an area within the city dedicated entirely to testing, fixing and discovering new ways to improve the wellbeing of the Christchurch community.  Read more>

Winter chills and ills – To work out or not to work out?

Winter chills and ills – To work out or not to work out?

So you’ve picked up a bug or something, and you’re not feeling that flash, but you still want to exercise? How do you know whether it’s a good idea or not?

RecCentre workout

There are a number of things that concern people when making this decision. First of all, if you rest until you’re fully recovered, you may risk losing some strength and fitness benefits. The short term ‘feel good’ factor of exercising is tempting, but if you work out whilst you’re sick, the quality of your workout is not likely to be as good and you may well prolong your sickness or make it worse. Also, think about those around you – no-one likes a constant sniffer in their yoga class, sneezers and runny noses on shared equipment, or to catch your bug!

Various websites (Livestrong.Com, Breakingmuscle.com and Mayo Clinic for example) all point to a similar philosophy.

  • Exercise is usually okay if your symptoms are all ‘above the neck’. A common cold, minor sore throat and so forth. If this is you, then consider reducing the intensity and length of your workout. Go for a walk for fresh air and movement, rather than a heavy gym session or hill run. You don’t want to make things worse!
  • If your symptoms are ‘below the neck’ such as chest congestion, hacking cough, stomach troubles, fever, fatigue or widespread body aches, then definitely don’t exercise. Stay home, stay warm, rest up and see your doctor!

My mother always used to say if you’re well enough to go to sport practice, you’re well enough to go to school. Fair call. So, if you don’t feel up to socialising, studying or going to work, then it’s a pretty reasonable assumption you’re not well enough to exercise either.

Ultimately, your body is your guide. If you feel miserable, take a break, rest up and drink plenty of fluids. A few days off won’t do much to your performance. Resume your workout gradually, starting with low intensity and celebrate the small stuff.

Stay well!