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Level up your life: Why you need an exercise goal (even if you think you hate working out)

Let’s face it, exercise isn’t always the most thrilling activity for everyone. But before you resign yourself to a life on the couch, consider the power of setting an exercise goal. It might just be the key to unlocking a healthier, happier you.

Here’s why having an exercise goal in your sights is a recipe for success:

1. Motivation Magic: Goals give you something to work towards, a reason to lace up your shoes even when you’d rather hit the snooze button. They provide a sense of purpose and direction, keeping you focused on the long-term benefits rather than the momentary discomfort.

2. Progress, Not Perfection: Setting a goal allows you to track your progress. Witnessing your own improvement, no matter how small, is a powerful motivator. Did you walk an extra kilometre this week? Celebrate! Every step counts towards reaching your ultimate objective.

3. The Confidence Boost: Achieving your goals, big or small, is a surefire way to boost your confidence. It shows you what you’re capable of, fostering a sense of accomplishment and self-belief that spills over into other areas of your life.

4. It’s Not Just Physical: Exercise isn’t just about building biceps. It’s a fantastic way to improve your mood, reduce stress, and boost your mental well-being. Setting a goal helps you prioritize this essential aspect of your health, leading to a more balanced and fulfilling life.

5. Find Your Fun: Remember, exercise doesn’t have to be a chore. Explore different activities until you find something you enjoy. Whether it’s dancing in your living room, swimming laps, or exploring nature on a hike, there’s an exercise out there waiting to become your favourite hobby.

Ready to get started?

  • Start small and specific. Don’t aim to run a marathon next week if you haven’t jogged in years. Begin with a manageable goal, like walking for 30 minutes three times a week.  But if you are interested in a half-marathon or 10km goal, why not join our social Run Canterbury crew?  We’ll guide you to your goal safely.  Our next intake starts March 11th!  
  • Find an accountability buddy. Share your goals with a friend who can support and encourage you on your journey.  It’s harder to not show up when you’re depending on each other.  
  • Celebrate your wins! Acknowledge your achievements, no matter how small. This will keep you motivated and focused on the bigger picture. 

Remember, the most important goal is to get moving and find what works for you.  The RecCentre has a huge range of activities, so register today (if you haven’t already!), download the app, and start exploring.   There are workouts in the app, virtual classes, or you can book in for a Discovery session to try things out in a small and encouraging environment.   Set your sights on a healthier you and get ready to experience the transformative power of exercise!

Ngā mihi 
Te Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec&Sport 

Are you finishing your studies at UC? Stay connected at the UC RecCentre

Even though your studies at UC may be finishing, your journey with us doesn’t have to end!     The RecCentre welcomes members from the community, and we also give UC alumni a Friends of UC discounted rate. 

If you aren’t returning to study in 2024, all undergraduate UC 2023 memberships will expire on the 5th of March, so you won’t’ be able to access our service without a new membership. If you’d like to keep using the gym you’ve come to know and love with your mates, you can buy a membership, like you would any other gym.

(If you are re-enrolled for 2024, you don’t have to do anything – your membership stays active).  

Friends of UC Memberships 

If you’re graduating, you can choose a Friends of UC Membership, in either 3 or 12mths.   We also offer off-peak memberships if you think you’ll only come in before 3pm. 

Community Memberships 

If you’re taking a break or not returning to UC, but not graduating either, then you can grab a community membership.  These are also available in 3 or 12mth terms, and an off-peak option is available as well. 

All membership types have a one-off joining fee of $49, which includes a starter pack to help you in the next phase of your wellness journey.  

One- time offer for your first non-student membership with us 

We’d love to see you continue with us at the RecCentre, where you can keep coming with your friends and doing the classes you love.  To help your transition from student to working life, we’d like to offer you a great deal:

Buy 3 months from us, and we’ll give you 3 months additional for free.  

We’ll keep this offer open to you for all of March, so you have plenty of time to look at your options and make the right decision for you. 

Ngā mihi
UC Rec&Sport | Te Ratonga Hākinakina 


Group exercise classes big and small – we’ve got something for everyone!

Are you ready to try something new and fun?  The UC RecCentre offers 17 different exercise classes, so we really do have something to suit everyone, whether you like the gym or like to dance! Head to our group fitness pages to read up (or watch a video) on each class style.  Better yet, be brave and book into class using the app and see how it goes!   All of these classes are FREE with your study levy funded membership.  Sign up for yours now! 

View of back of the instructor teaching a pump class at the UC RecCentre

Circuit/Interval Style Group Classes

Circuits and intervals require no rhythm or musical ability, just the willingness to put your best effort in. Our instructors will provide options for each exercise, to ensure you can safely do the class AND get your intensity up to the level you want it to be at.   These classes will give you both a muscle and cardio workout in one.

Traditional Muscle conditioning Classes

Don’t want to get too puffed on your first outing?  Fair enough.  These classes focus on the muscle work, so whilst you’ll get a healthy rise in heart rate, it’s more the muscle burn you’ll feel.  With no prior experience or co-ordination needed, these are great ways to get started!

Cardio Workouts

Ready to get your heart rate up and build your cardiovascular fitness?  Whether you like to dance or just work hard, we’ve got you covered!


Our mindbody classes will not only help you unwind and de-stress, you’ll also get some great strength, mobility and flexibility from these exercise styles

So what’s holding you back!   Let us do the thinking for you, just book in, turn up and move your way to healthier your this year!

Ngā mihi
Te Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec&Sport