Three questions to ponder when choosing the best exercise for you

Exercise is a key part of maintaining or improving your health & wellbeing. But what kind of exercise is best for your health & wellbeing?  Here are three key questions you should ask yourself before embarking on your exercise journey.


1. Does it bring you joy?

Quite simply – if it brings you joy, you look forward to it, then it’s the right type of exercise for you!  It’s likely this activity brings fond memories, good feelings when you’ve finished, allows you to connect with others, or simply allows you time by yourself to recharge.  If you dread your planned exercise, its less likely you’ll commit to a routine.  

2. Is it accessible and easy to get to? 

Location is key.  Your exercise routine needs to be handy to home or work.  If it’s not, its less likely you’ll do it, especially if you have to do battle for a carpark when you get there!   Affordabilty is also important.  It needs to fit your budget and what you’re willing to pay, or when things get a little tight, it’ll be the first thing on your savings list.  

3. Will it help you reach your goals?

First of all – define your reasons for exercise?  Do you want to reduce stress, meet others, improve your physical body, reduce pain or improve sleep?  Not all exercise will meet your goals, so when our time is tight, it’s important to choose the right exercise/activity that will serve your current purpose.   Remember to review those goals regularly – we are human, we evolve and change, and so too will your activities.  

The RecCentre is but one of many options on or surrounding campus where you can get your daily exercise fix.    We recommend you try a gym/studio/group out before committing.  Most will offer a free or low-cost trial week or fortnight (we offer 2 weeks free trial for UC and UCSA staff), so you can see if it’s the right fit for you.    Did you know we also offer off-peak rates?  Save even more on your membership, by training before 3pm each day – perfect if you like to exercise before work or during your lunchbreak! 

If you’ve got any questions about exercise or the gym, get in touch!  You can email or chat with one of our team when you pop over.

Ngā mihi
UC Rec&Sport | Te Ratonga Hākinakina 


News and opportunities from the Association of Commonwealth Universities

Kia ora colleagues

Please see the latest newsletter on the ACU website. There is a lot in this issue for those with an interest in the areas of sexual harassment, gender inequity, climate change and sustainability so please let your relevant colleagues know.

The newsletter includes:

  1. The potential of technology to combat gender inequality.
  2. Opportunity to host the 2022 and 2023 ACU Summer Schools
  3. Deliver a virtual mobility project with another ACU member university
  4. A virtual mobility survey
  5. Take part in the Second IAU Global Survey on the ‘Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education’
  6. Amplify your university’s climate work in the lead-up to COP26
  7. International Green Gown Awards – apply by 31 March
  8. Opportunities to get involved with the Commonwealth Climate Research Cohort

Plus a number of events as well as articles on “Tackling the taboo of sexual harassment”, “Choosing to challenge gender bias and inequity to build a better world”, and “No-bystander training for a safer city”.

Noho ora mai

Karen Mather  (she/her)

Pūmanawa Tangata | People and Culture


Work on Riccarton intersection/ Nor’West Arc cycleway starts Monday 15 March

There will be disruption to traffic near UC from Monday 15 March through to May, as work begins on the Ilam Rd intersection at Riccarton Rd, upgrading Ilam road and installing a section of the Nor’West Arc cycleway, which will join the Uni-Cycle route at University drive.
The work includes:
• Only allowing left-turning traffic to move between Riccarton Road and Middleton Road, which will effectively make the junction of Ilam and Riccarton roads a T-intersection.
• Altering the layout of the intersection to accommodate dedicated bus lanes.
• Restricting access at the Field Terrace/Riccarton Road intersection to left in, left out traffic.
• Creating a new right-turn only lane from Riccarton Road into Wharenui Road.

Read more on CCC Newsline Work gears up on Riccarton intersection and cycleway 
Updates are available at Ilam, Riccarton and Middleton Road safety improvements : Christchurch City Council ( and Major cycle routes : Christchurch City Council (

The new Digital Leadership Team at UC is taking shape!

Michael Oulsnam joined UC in October as our Chief Digital Officer. A key priority in the first 90 days for Michael has been forming a new Digital leadership team for UC, focused on being a key partner in the delivery of digital services and experience. After a busy few months of recruitment, the team is now formed and will be increasingly engaging in person and via various communication channels as we move forward.

The team is focused on mobilising some key new programmes of work whilst also balancing a significant level of operationally critical risk mitigation work, including:

  1. Facilitating the co-creation of a digital strategy for UC and the development of a digital roadmap. Co-developed with stakeholders across UC, you can learn more about how to contribute here.
  2. Quickly improving the operations management, service delivery, communications and engagement with ITS. The team are also focused on making quick changes to improve our Cyber Security maturity and working to mobilise a more significant Cyber Security Programme UC-wide.
  3. Accelerating plans to modernise and improve the Digital workplace experience at UC, including moving to Exchange online, deploying Microsoft 365 & Teams UC-wide and investing in a modern service management platform. This will transform collaboration at UC and significantly modernise and streamline processes by leveraging self-service automation.

2021 is certainly shaping up to be a very busy and exciting year, not only for the Digital team, but across the University. We are thrilled to be embarking on this journey with you.

Introducing the new team:

Michael Oulsnam, Chief Digital Officer. Mike has joined us from Air NZ, where he spent 18 years, the last two of which were in Silicon Valley, leading an innovation programme. Michael is a seasoned digital leader, experienced in leading transformation and championing modern ways of working and a modern digital enterprise operating model. (

Dana Burnett, Director of Product & Delivery. Dana is our newest member, having joined us in mid-February.  Dana was most recently at SKOPE industries where she led digital strategy and change across four global locations. Dana has extensive experience in digital leadership in local government, and also held the post of Council Programme Manager at the Christchurch City Council. (

Guy Austin, Director of Technology & Operations. Guy joined us in January of this year after a little over 19 years with ASB bank in Auckland. Working within Operations, he led a number of teams and spent the past six years driving the new agile ways of working. Guy has extensive experience leading Digital Technology Operations Teams and modern workplace experience delivery. (

Rudo Tagwireyi, Director of Cyber Security & Risk. Rudo commenced her role at Canterbury University in January 2021. Prior to this, she led Mercury’s Cybersecurity Programme and University of Auckland’s Technology Risk and Audit Programme. She has extensive experience in the delivery and operation of cybersecurity, technology risk, privacy and compliance capabilities. (

Ken Lai, Director of Architecture & Strategy, who joined us back in December 2020, but due to Covid restrictions has been working remotely from Melbourne. Ken worked for Deakin University in Melbourne, where he led their digital maturity through three Digital Strategies spanning eight years. The team are excited for him to be joining us on the ground in Christchurch from 24 March. (

If you have any questions, would like to contact anyone from the team or have them join your department meetings to talk about Digital @ UC, please feel free to connect.

Phone Free Day on Campus – 19 March

Phone Free Day – A day to get more out of life by using your phone smarter.

Research suggests that we can improve everything from sleep, relationships, study and work, to wellbeing and stress levels, by changing how and when we use our phones.

Join us for Phone Free Day – even if you just commit to meeting a friend for lunch and not checking your phone.

More info, or to set up your own challenge,

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