By Miranda Massie on October 3, 2018
Social connection is not just great for enhancing our overall wellbeing: it can also help boost our physical activity. Grab a friend or family member and find new ways to move this fall.
Week 1: Partner-up
Need a bit of extra motivation? Find a workout buddy and try these great exercises designed for two. FitnessBlender’s Total Body Partner Workout offers information on calories burned and a printable workout sheet.
Week 2: Make it a family affair
Check out these suggestions from Tourism Vancouver to get your family active and moving (includes both indoor and outdoor activities).
Week 3: Maximize your tech
Looking for some friendly competition? Many fitness apps and trackers have options that let you follow your progress or compete against friends or members of your online community using the same fitness technology. Read more about tapping into the power of friends (CNN.com).
Week 4: Stretching for two
Stretch, tone and boost your relaxation with this set of partner yoga stretches (FitnessBlender).
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By Miranda Massie on August 7, 2018
Spending time outdoors is a great way to make the most of the sunny weather. It’s also a perfect opportunity to sneak in a little extra fitness. This month, give your fitness a boost and maximize your time outside.
Week 1: Get Strong Without a Gym
Discover nine sneaky ways to strength train outside of the gym (Greatist.com). No equipment required!
Week 2: Immerse in Nature
Have you heard of forest bathing? Soak in the benefits of this Japanese practice from simply being in nature and letting nature guide your walk. Learn the simple steps here. (Time Magazine)
Week 3: Give Your Legs a Low Impact Workout
Looking for something quick and easy? These seated leg exercises (Livestrong.com) can be done indoors or outdoors in less than five minutes.
Week 4: Take a Mindful Moment in a Beautiful location
Feeling good is about more than just our physical health; mental fitness is just as important. Make the most of a few quiet moments outside: pause, think and reflect. Need inspiration? Check out these hidden gems of UBC.
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By Melissa Lafrance on January 10, 2017
This month’s newsletter is all about helping you forge your path towards better physical health. UBC employees have access to a wide range of services, information, and perks to support your physical health.
Taking the time to improve our physical wellbeing is time well spent. Evidence shows that increasing physical activity by moving more and sitting less leads to many health benefits, including improved physical and mental health, a greater sense of social wellbeing, and reduced risk of many preventable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and mental illness.
Here are ways you can ramp up your physical wellbeing in 2017:
1. Book your appointment at the Travelling Health Fair
The much-anticipated Travelling Health Fair is coming up Feb. 21 – March 1 and available for all staff and faculty!
This year, we are focusing on diabetes. Join us to learn how to manage your blood sugar to lower your risk of developing diabetes. These sessions are open to everyone (those with or without diabetes or pre-diabetes).
Registration is now open. For more information or to reserve your appointment time, click here.
2. Join the Walkabout Feb. 16 – March 19
Registration is now open for the 11th annual Walkabout starting Jan. 16!
Walkabout is an annual nine-week health and wellbeing challenge promoting regular exercise in social settings. Everyone at UBC is welcome to create teams of five and or register as an individual and achieve personal and team goals for only $10/person.
Here’s how the Walkabout works:
- Form a team of 5 members. Individuals can also register and will be teamed up.
- Set overall team and individual goals for the 9-week Walkabout
- Register online at http://walkabout.educ.ubc.ca/
- Registration fee: $10/person (optional pedometer: $15)
- Record daily steps (or exercise equivalent steps) on the Walkabout tracking spreadsheet using pedometers/apps/Fitbits etc.
- At the end of each week, the total number of steps walked by the team are submitted through the website and the distance walked is calculated (1300 steps = 1KM)
3. Visit the Fitness Facilities on Campus
UBC Bodyworks Fitness Centre is offering a free trial of all classes Jan. 9 – 21. You can also use their facilities for $2 drop-in rate starting Jan. 4, Monday to Friday 1pm – 4pm. Check out their brochure for more information and class schedules.
UBC Recreation’s Free Week is coming up Jan. 9 – 15! Try out any instructor-led classes including yoga, Pilates, dances, boot camps and aquatics classes. View the schedule and plan your visit (first-come, first-served)!
4. Take Advantage of Health, Fitness, and Family Discounts
As a UBC employee, you and your family are eligible for many discounts at organizations on and off campus. Visit the Health, Fitness & Family Discounts page for a full list of offers or check out the ones highlighted below.
- Discounts at Student Recreation Centre and BirdCoop Fitness Centre
- UBC BodyWorks Fitness Centre offers personal training for as low as $37/session and memberships from as low as $35/month plus a 10% discount on annual Basic Memberships for UBC staff and faculty. Fitness Centre drop-ins are only $2/person from Mondays to Fridays between 1-4pm.
- Free month pass Jan. 15 – Feb. 15, 2017 and other discounts at Steve Nash Fitness Clubs
- Free trial pass and $17.99 bi-weekly for a 12-month membership at Gold’s Gym University Market Place
- 25% off adult Park Board Flexipasses at participating Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation facilities
- Take your first Hot Box Yoga class for free with your UBC employee ID card and get a monthly pass for $66/month
- 15% off YYoga 5-Class Pass, 10-Class Pass and Annual Pass
- 15% discount on monthly continuous memberships at the Richmond Olympic Oval
5. Walk around and Discover Campus
6. Fitting In Fitness Info Series
Find all the inspiration you need to improve your overall health with Fitting In Fitness! With tips and guides for heart-pumping workouts, improving your flexibility, strengthening your muscles and more, you’ll be able to fit fitness into your schedule.
7. Explore our Virtual Health Fair & Online Assessments
On the Virtual Health Fair webpage, you will find 20 different screenings, tools and resources to help you assess your current health status and make lifestyle impro