By Miranda Massie on June 4, 2019
Bored with your regular fitness routine? Looking for a quick and inexpensive activity? Look no further than your nearest staircase, where you’ll discover fun and interesting ways to take your fitness to new heights.
Week 1: Sign up for the annual Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge
Stair climbing is a great way to boost cardiovascular health, build muscle and strengthen your core. Join this fun and inclusive challenge as an individual or part of a team. It’s free, and you’ll have a chance to win great prizes! Learn more or register now.
Week 2: Take to the mountains
Hiking is a great way to get your heart rate up while gazing at gorgeous natural scenery. Take a peek at this list of snow-free trails for inspiration. Or if you’re wanting a weekend getaway, here are suggestions for the most awe-inspiring hikes in BC.
Week 3: Climbing on campus
The UBC Vancouver campus walking maps include directions to the Wreck Beach and Tower Beach stairs. If stair climbing is not your thing, consider popping into The Aviary, UBC’s very own climbing wall located in The Nest.
Week 4: When stairs are not an option
If the stairs are not an accessible option for you, try playing some music and moving whichever parts of your body you can for the length of your favourite song. The movement will activate your muscles and increase oxygen and energy flow to your brain and body.
Photo Credit: Melissa Lafrance
By Miranda Massie on August 3, 2017
Spending time outdoors during the summer months is a great way to enjoy the weather. It is also the perfect time to sneak in some physical activity. Check out this month’s tips for making the most of your time outside.
Week 1: Take a hike!
Walking on an incline means you have to work harder to move the same horizontal distance, but you also put less stress on your joints than the up-and-down motion of running. Bonus: the scenery is typically beautiful and often shaded.
Week 2: Make the most of a trip to the beach.
Discover six sneaky, calorie-burning activities to stay active while having fun at the beach.
Week 3: Stay seated.
If you are looking for something more gentle and low-impact, try these leg exercises that you can do while sitting in a chair – perfect for both sunny and rainy summer days.
Week 4: Get strong outside the gym.
Check out these nine great ways to strength-train outside of the gym. No weights? No problem.
Photo credit: UBC Communications and Marketing