Category Archives: Health and Fitness

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 

The 120 Challenge

Take on 120 for the 120,000 this Endometriosis Awareness Month!

At least 120,000 girls, women and those assigned female at birth live with endometriosis in Aotearoa, New Zealand. This year for International Endometriosis Awareness Month, Endometriosis New Zealand is leading a powerful movement to raise awareness and vital funds for all those living with this condition.

On the 1st of March 2024 they will be kicking off 120 for the 120,000 challenge! A challenge that is open to absolutely anyone who is keen to make a difference for all those who are impacted by this condition.

Taking on The 120 Challenge is an opportunity to make your own challenge, one that suits you and all those around you. You might choose to go at it alone or challenge someone to join you, the choice is yours. Find inspiration in the theme for the month Living Well Together to create a fundraiser that excites you and inspires others!

You can find more information here, or hear from their experts on 11 March!