Category Archives: Health and Fitness

New term, new you! Get your free gym membership sorted today

Congratulations on completing your first term at Uni, now that you’ve got that under your belt, it’s a great time to establish some new routines that support your wellbeing for the rest of the year. Read on to find out how to get your free gym membership to do just that.

Get moving 

If you’re not already moving for your health, all it takes is a small commitment of 20mins a day to start.   After a while, you may just feel better physically and mentally.  That improved ease of movement might just motivate you to increase that after a while (but no rush!)  

Use the gym – or don’t!

It doesn’t matter how you choose to move, as long as you do!   Getting outdoors for a walk, using the pool, or heading the RecCentre to play sport or use the gym or classes, all of it will help. 

Your RecCentre membership is FREE for UC students 

Ok, so technically you’ve paid for it via your student levy, but what we want you to understand is that you don’t have give us any more money to use the gym or group fitness classes.  The basics are all included, so you can get started anytime.  So, why pay for a gym membership in town, when all you have to do is head to our website and register.   

Once you’ve done that, head over to the gym and explore.  Bring your student ID card, that’s your membership card now as well.  

You’ll also be prompted to download the Rec&Sport app (we’ll send you emails once you’ve registered).  Definitely do that as well – this is how you’ll book into our excellent free group classes (like yoga, SkillX, Pilates and more), grab free gym programmes and virtual workouts to follow at home or in the gym.  

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

Win a jar of Easter Eggs

Want to win a big jar of Easter Eggs for you and your flatties this Easter? We’ve got you!  All you have to do to enter is….guess how many eggs (and bunnies) are in the jar?  

Easter Egg Prize Jar

Where’s the jar? 

At the RecCentre! Yeah, you knew there was a catch.    

To enter you’ll need to:

  1. Pop down to the RecCentre and put in your guess 
  2. You’ll need to have a current membership (it’s free) to come through the gates, and then make your guess on the old school piece of paper 
  3. You can make one guess/entry every time you visit between now and Wednesday 27th March , 2024. 1 entry  per member, per visit, per day.    
  4. We’ll make the draw on Thursday 28th March, and we’ll give you a call to let you know to come and collect.  

Do you have to work out when you get here?
No, you don’t, hopefully you’ve walked, and that can be considered a ‘health walk’ in our books.  Not everything needs to be a sweat sesh to bring you health benefits after all! There’s even health benefits in chocolate, in moderation of course, which is why we suggest sharing your prize with your flatties (but you know, you do you!) 

 Joining the RecCentre is easy and it’s free! 

As a UC Student, part of your fees includes a student levy.  This levy goes towards a range of services on campus, including your RecCentre membership.  So yes, you can join any gym you like, but there’s no additional cost to join ours as well – having an option on campus may just make it easier to get in some exercise!   All group fitness classes are included in your membership, you can shoot hoops, do some bouldering, do some weights or cardio, or play some sport. We have a range of Discovery classes and sessions to help get you started as well. 

Good luck with the last couple of weeks, we know there’s a flurry of tests and essays to get through! See you soon!

Ngā mihi
Te Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec&Sport 


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