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FREE Badminton court hire at the UC RecCentre – limited time!

For a limited time (31 July – 10 September 2017), the UC RecCentre is offering free badminton court bookings, so you can try it out. (Non-members will need to pay a casual visitor fee of $11).

Courts usually cost $10 per hour, but not during our promo period. All you’ll have to do is find a colleague to play with, book a time, and then rustle up some equipment. We hire out racquets at reception for just $1.50. We rent shuttles for $1 and sell them (or just bring your own).

Availability is limited, so call our reception on x96433 to book your court.

Recreation Centre photo shoot, showing all aspects of the Rec Centre facilities, badminton, balance exercises with balls, weight pack exercises, floor exercises on the mezzanine, Rec Centre reception, group weights in the gym, steppers, walkers, spin, weight machines, free weights, straps, yoga, rowing machines, 15.8.14

Terms and Conditions
Weekdays between 6am and 12pm, and again between 2pm and 4pm, in the gymnasium only, subject to availability. Any bookings in the sports hall and/or outside of these hours attract normal court hire fees. Call reception and see if the timeslot you want is available!

Our normal T&Cs apply – you or anyone you play with must be over 16, have a membership or pay the casual visitor fee, and shoes and tops must be worn at all times.

See you soon!
UC RecCentre

Five ways strength training helps your health & wellbeing

The benefits of strength training are huge for everyone, no matter your age, ability or gender. In fact, the older we get, the more important it is that we incorporate functional strength training into our weekly routine.

Why?

  1. It helps improve bone density and lean muscle, both of which we lose naturally as we age. This can help turn you into a lean mean fat fighting machine with stronger bones less susceptible to osteoporosis.
  2. It improves the strength of your connective tissues and muscles, which helps prevent injury.
  3. It can help you move with ease – improving your squat and core can help you sit/stand or even get out of your car more easily.
  4. It can help improve your balance (thereby preventing likelihood of falls).
  5. It can help reduce blood pressure and manage stress.

Does that mean you have to hit the weights room? Not necessarily! Any resistance work that overloads your muscles will provide the stimulus your body needs to grow stronger. For some, body weight exercises like push ups and lunges in the park would work, or even a strong yoga class could do the trick. For others, it might mean lifting weights in the gym.

Recreation centre, various classes set up by staff for marketing services, 20.10.15 Client, Kat Henderson, Rec Centre.

To choose the right kind of strength training, you can ask for some help from a qualified fitness instructor. For RecCentre members, the Fitness Consultants at the UC RecCentre are more than happy to chat with you anytime as well. Just catch them on shift if they’re looking lonely and ask away. Alternatively, you can book in for a free 15 minute consultation, where they’ll work through your questions and help you arrive at a decision that will set you on your best path. Happy exercising!

Women’s only exercise hours

If you are a female, the gym can be a daunting or uncomfortable place.

Whether for cultural, confidence, or other reasons, it can be the last place you want to go to exercise.

We want you to feel comfortable in a space that is less intimidating, more supportive, and that meets cultural needs.

This week marks the first week of Women’s Only hours at the UC Recreation Centre.

Throughout this semester, Women’s Only hours will be available in specified areas of the Recreation Centre, to trial different times, equipment and the success of these hours to work out the best fit for the future.

Female fitness consultants and instructors will be available during these designated times to provide assistance, exercise ideas and any other questions that you may have. You can also book in for a one-on-one Train Me session with a female fitness consultant.

In addition, the Recreation Centre will offer free Teach Me classes, a small group session with a female fitness consultant designed to grow your knowledge around different methods of training, which can be booked at reception. Female only small group training classes will also be offered throughout term four.

We want you to live your healthiest life – and feel comfortable doing so.

More information on the hours and spaces available as Women’s Only and on Train Me, Teach Me and Small Group Training sessions, visit the Recreation Centre website at http://www.phed.canterbury.ac.nz/ or talk to our friendly reception team on 03-364-2433.

Recreation centre, various classes set up by staff for marketing services, 20.10.15 and 23.10.15 Client, Kat Henderson, Rec Centre.

Staff only yoga and meditation courses

Come along to Staff Only Yoga.

Registrations are now open for the third round of Staff Yoga 2016.

These courses are dedicated to UC staff only, with a maximum of 20 people to allow for more personalised teaching and alignment adjustments in a nice, private space. The courses run in an eight week block and start during the week beginning Monday 11 July.  Courses will be led by either John Squire or Sabine Steinegg.

Option 1 – Tues 5:15pm KA04 (Kirkwood Village)

Option 2 – Tues 6:30pm KA04 (Kirkwood Village)

Option 3 – Wed 1:00pm DW1 (Jack Mann Auditorium, Dovedale)

Meditation through Yin Yoga

Registrations also open for our meditation course. This course aims to teach you simple techniques to breathe, move and meditate to help lower stress levels and contribute to your overall health and well-being. Each practice will be taught using the Yin Yoga style, which is much slower and more mindful.  The course runs in a six week block from Sunday 17 July – Sunday 21 August and is lead by the lovely Sabine.

Option 1 – Sun 6:15pm KA04 (Kirkwood Village)

How to register

Both Staff Yoga and Meditation are open to all UC staff members, no membership required.

To register, either pop into the Rec Centre and sign up with one of our receptionists. Otherwise you can give us a call on ext 8434 and we can register you over the phone. Payment must be taken at the time of booking.

Feel free email any questions you might have through to: Danielle.Mather@canterbury.ac.nz

Recreation centre, various classes set up by staff for marketing services, 20.10.15 Client, Kat Henderson, Rec Centre.

Staff Only Yoga and Meditation Courses

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Staff Only Yoga

Registrations are now open for the second round of Staff Yoga 2016.

These courses are dedicated to UC staff only, with a maximum of 20 people to allow for more personalised teaching and alignment adjustments in a nice, private space. The courses run in an eight week block and start during the week beginning Monday 2 May.  Courses will be led by either John Squire or Sabine Steinegg.

Option 1 – Tues 5:15pm KA04 (Kirkwood Village)

Option 2 – Tues 6:30pm KA04 (Kirkwood Village)

Option 3 – Wed 1:00pm DW1 (Jack Mann Auditorium, Dovedale)

Meditation through Yin Yoga

Registrations also open for our meditation course. This course aims to teach you simple techniques to breathe, move and meditate to help lower stress levels and contribute to your overall health and well-being. Each practice will be taught using the Yin Yoga style, which is much slower and more mindful.  The course runs in a six week block from Sunday 28 February to Sunday 10 April at 6:15pm and is lead by the lovely Sabine.

How to register

Both Staff Yoga and Meditation are open to all UC staff members, no membership required.

To register, either pop into the Rec Centre and sign up with one of our receptionists. Otherwise you can give us a call on ext 8434 and we can register you over the phone. Payment must be taken at the time of booking.

Feel free email any questions you might have through to: Danielle.Mather@canterbury.ac.nz