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Unwind with a Deep Restore Yoga Session

The end of Term 1 is rapidly approaching and with that comes a flurry of essays, mini-tests and other assessments that can lead to a little more stress overload than usual.   Why not try a 2 hour Deep Restore yoga session to nourish your nervous system? 

Yoga student in supported reclining butterfly pose
Reclining Butterfly pose in a Deep Restore class
Deep Restore with Heart and Mind Yoga 

We’ve collaborated with Jo Jarden of Heart and Mind Yoga to bring you a heavily discounted Deep Restore experience.    Utilising science-based relaxation techniques and deep stretches, enjoy a gentle guided practice to relax the nervous system and unwind. 

Absolutely no experience is required, just an open mind and willingness to relax for 2hours! 

How to book

Spaces are limited to just 40 people, so we would suggest making your booking as soon as you can!   Bookings are via the Rec&Sport app, and your place will be secured once you’ve made payment ($8) at the RecCentre.   

When is it?

Sunday 24th March, at 11.30am.  You’ll need to arrive by 11.15am to get settled, and class starts at 11.30am.   For all the info, visit our Specialty Classes webpage.

Ngā mihi
Te Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec&Sport 

3 tips to get into our fully booked group fitness classes

We’re beyond excited that you guys are loving our group fitness classes as much as we do!  So much so, that quite a few of our classes are fully booked with waiting lists! So, here are our tips to increase your chances of getting into the class you want to go to. 

Spin class at the UC RecCentre
1. Set a reminder 

Our classes open for booking at 6am, 7 days prior to the class day.  For example, if the class is on Monday, it will be available to book on the Tuesday preceding it.    You can set a reminder in the app, by finding the class and hitting the little bell -make sure you have your notifications on! To double down, you could set an alarm in your own phone as well of course! 

2. Join the waitlist 

When the class is full, hit the button to join the waitlist.  Make sure your notifications are turned on.  When someone cancels (and there’s always a few who change their mind during the week), you will be sent a notification that a place has become available. It’s fastest finger wins – so if you’re first to respond, you’re in! 

3. Turn up anyway and try your luck 

We cut off cancellation options 30mins prior to class start time.   This is so others can have the time to get here if a spot does become available.   BUT sometimes people don’t get that cancellation in, meaning there is actually a space available. There are often 1-2 (sometimes four!) spare bikes in spin, even though it’s full and has a waitlist! So, bring your gear and ask the instructor if there’s space, and you never know your luck! If there isn’t, we usually have other classes available at the same time for you to attend, or you could have a gym workout. 

 Don’t forget to check out the booking system page for more helpful hints and info on the booking system and cancellation policies. 

See you soon!
Ngā mihi
UC Rec&Sport | Te Ratonga Hākinakina 

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