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SPRING SMALL GROUP TRAINING AT THE UC RECCENTRE

Our popular Term 4  Small Group Training (SGT) courses are open for registration, just in time for Spring!
These courses are open to everyone (no membership required), so if you’re looking for a bit of extra motivation during your workweek, we might have the perfect solution for you, just over the other side of University Drive!

What is Small Group Training? 

  • Short 6-week fitness courses, focusing on a specific fitness/mind-body discipline. E.g. Boxing, Bootcamp, Yoga, etc.
  • Our experienced instructors work with you, along with the same small group of people each week in a supportive and energising environment.
  • Workouts can be individualised to suit you and your experience, due to the small class size.
  • A great way to remain accountable and motivated to reach your health and fitness goals.

What’s on offer for Term 4?

To discover more, click on the courses above.
All sessions are held at the UC RecCentre  (expect Staff Yoga which is in Jack Erskine 111) and commence from week 2 of Term 4.

To sign up…
Just pop in to see the Rec Centre reception team, or give us a call on ext 92433 and you can sign up over the phone.

Australasian University Health Challenge (10,000 Steps)

AUHC

Yesterday (1 August) marked the first official day for signups on the Australasian University Health Challenge. If you haven’t heard much about it then visit our website for a bit more information.

In short there are 12 universities from Australia and New Zealand, challenging each other to see who can get the most steps from August 19 to September 29. So we invite you, your friends, colleagues, students, and anyone with two legs to join us in feeling healthier whilst beating the Aussies.

Why are we doing this challenge you may ask? Well less than 20% of Australian adults reach the recommended level of 10,000 steps per day on average. What is more shocking is nearly half (49%) of all New Zealand adults do not achieve at least 30 minutes of physical activity on 5 days or more per week according to the Ministry of Health annual update 2013/14. That there is a shocking number! Multiple studies have shown that physical activity and exercise can help lower cholesterol, improve cognitive function, improve blood pressure, and bring happiness. With all these benefits this challenge is literally a walk in the park.

Join up by visiting our website or heading to the 10,000 steps page

Welcome to Shyanne Poutai our massage therapist

Shyanne Poutai
Kia ora
My name is Shyanne Poutai and I have recently completed my Diploma in Clinical Massage with the New Zealand College of Massage.
 
I became a massage therapist as I want to provide my clients with knowledge about self care through massage therapy, exercising/strengthening or a holistic approach.
 
I believe Massage is one of many modalities that can help reduce stress, ease aches and pains. My sessions vary in their approach from a western perspective or maori perspective. I use the concept of te whare tapa wha (the four walls of a Marae) in my practice. Depending on what each client is after I can cater to their needs for health, wellbeing and a balanced approach.
 
If you would like to book a time please go to this link and come to see me at the University of Canterbury Recreation Centre:
 
Hours: Monday/ Tuesday 12 – 8, Wednesday 11-1.30, Saturday 10-4
 
Nga Mihi
 
Shyanne
 
– Deep tissue
– Postural analysis
– Sport massage
– Strapping
– Swedish massage
– Relaxation massage
– Pregnancy massage
– Paplative massage
– Reiki practitioner

Free Workshops – Mental Health Education and Wellbeing

The Mental Health Education and Resource Centre (MHERC) are celebrating 25 years of service to the mental health community in Canterbury.

To celebrate they are running a number of free workshops for the public. The workshops include:

  • Overcoming Daily Stressors
  • Managing High Workloads: Tips for Efficiency and Work Life Balance
  • Behaviour Change and Creating New Habits
  • What if We Could Help Address the Mental Health Crisis with Nutrients and Nutrition, presented by Professor Julia Rucklidge.

To find out about upcoming Education opportunities, visit the MHERC website.

For any further Professional Development opportunities, please visit the Learning and Development intranet.

Jump for health

We’ve all heard the recommended amount of daily exercise is 30 minutes, done at least five times a week. But what is the best way to get fit? High-intensity? High frequency?

Here’s your chance to find out.

PhD student Tane Clement from the School of Health Sciences | Kura Mātai Hauora is investigating how low-dose, high-frequency exercise on a trampoline affects aerobic capacity and common health markers such as blood pressure, cholesterol and weight.

Join in this research study for a chance to learn more about your health. The study involves completing 100 bounces of a trampoline three to five times a week, over a period of eight weeks. So about two minutes of exercise per day. An application will be used to record your jump height each day, with the goal being to improve the total jump height over the eight weeks.

The trampoline is located in the Robert J. Scott Atrium (Mechanical Engineering building), so is nice and convenient for anyone who comes into uni each day anyway.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the study or to sign up, contact Tane for more information>

The project is being carried out by Tane Clement, under the supervision of Nick Draper and Keith Alexander. Nick can be contacted at nick.draper@canterbury.ac.nz. He will be pleased to discuss any concerns you may have about participation in the project.