By Miranda Massie on February 5, 2019
February is a perfect time of year to focus on all matters of the heart – including heart health. Get that blood pumping by exploring ways to stay mindful, motivated and moving.
Week 1: Take Part in Move UBC Month
Use February to celebrate movement at UBC! Move UBC is a UBC-wide campaign to increase physical activity and celebrate the diverse ways we can move on campus. Get inspired to move by checking out the Move UBC events calendar.
Week 2: Jump In!
Bring back the nostalgia of childhood and get your heart pumping with just 15 minutes of jumping rope, a fun and easy cardio alternative. Or, follow along with this six-minute FitnessBlender video.
Week 3: Check Your Health
UBC’s annual Travelling Health Fair may be booked up, but you can still take advantage of a check-up in the following ways:
- March 6-20: Contact the UBC Pharmacists Clinic at 604-827-2584 to request a free kidney health assessment (the same screening offered through the Travelling Health Fair this year).
- Visit our online Virtual Health Fair: You’ll find over 20 screenings, tools and resources to help assess your current wellbeing status and make improvements towards a healthier self.
Week 4: Get Your Cardio on Demand
Looking for inspiration to move more or move differently? Look no further than the following list of YouTube channels that offer fitness videos on demand.
Photo credit: Melissa Lafrance
By Miranda Massie on March 2, 2017
Move UBC month may be over, but that’s no reason to stop moving. Check out some quick and new ways to fit movement into your day – and increase your overall sense of wellbeing!
Week 1: Stretch at Your Desk
Discover seven easy stretches for your shoulders, neck, hands and wrists that you can do at your desk.
Week 2: Perfect Your Posture
Try out these five exercises to improve your overall posture.
Week 3: Cultivate Your Core
Don’t forget your core. This six-minute workout requires no equipment and will help you build strength and achieve perfect posture.
Week 4: Maintain a Neutral Spine
Sitting for long periods of time can impact your joints and muscles, as well as your spine. Learn how to support spine health to improve or reduce back pain.
Looking for more fitness tips and inspiration? Visit our Fitting in Fitness page.
By Melissa Lafrance on February 2, 2017
We’re focusing on recipes and nutrition tips to support heart health and emotional wellbeing.
Since February is heart month and cardiovascular health is vital for overall health, let’s look at ways we can be kinder to our hearts.
Here are heart-healthy tips and recipes:
Feb. 14 is Valentine ’s day and it seems fitting to share recipes involving chocolate (in moderation).
Here are healthy chocolate recipes and meal ideas:
- Blueberry and Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding
- Avocado Chocolate Mousse
- Romantic Dinners
- Romantic Dinners – vegetarian
Hangry (hungry & angry): emotional reaction caused by hunger. It can manifest itself as being reactive, irritable, induce eating-anything-in-sight behaviours. It’s a real thing!
Here are tips and recipes to help you beet (ha!) the hangry-ness:
- Eat breakfast, your colleagues will thank you! 34 Healthy Breakfasts for Busy Mornings
- Roasted Beet, Walnut & Arugula Salad
- 27 easy high-protein snacks
- Interested in Nutritional Psychiatry? Read more on how food affects your mood.
Many emotions and feelings can manifest when we are eating. If we are paying attention by being mindful and noticing changes within ourselves, we can sometimes notice pleasure or displeasure when we eat, gratitude for the foods we have, and judgment towards our cooking abilities.
Here are easy recipes you can try to build your confidence:
Each week in February, we will be sharing tips, tricks, and information for heart health and emotional wellbeing! Become a UBC Health Contact to receive weekly reminders, tips and tricks.
By Miranda Massie on October 5, 2016
Whether you’re trying to build your overall wellbeing, or looking to reduce stress, lose weight or make new friends, walking can help you on your way!
Take advantage of a variety of walking opportunities and tips to help you get started this fall:
Week 1: Try a Walking Meditation
Looking for a way to de-stress while being active? Try this simple walking meditation that will leave you more grounded and present with time in your day to spare.
Week 2: Book a Walking Meeting
Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean that we should stay inside. Invite your colleagues for a walking meeting and check two things off your to-do list at once.
Week 3: Explore Campus Walking Groups
Do you enjoy physical activity more within a group? Try joining one of the many walking groups on and around campus, or start your own.
Week 4: Grab a Four-Legged Friend
Dog walking is a great way to be active and reduce stress. Whether you have a pet or borrow one from a friend, the health benefits make this a must try.
Fitting in Fitness is a health series for staff and faculty that shares tips and suggestions on how to increase physical activity.
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