Make your Move
Move UBC is all about exploring ways to move that work for you. While the amount, intensity, and frequency of physical activity is individual to each person, Move UBC invites all students, faculty, and staff to explore ways to move that feel empowering and motivating to them.
Exercise can help boost our physical, mental, and social wellbeing—plus, it can be fun! Start small and set reasonable goals to help make movement part of your day!
Here are a few ways you can explore moving more throughout Move UBC and beyond!
There are lots of ways to move at UBC year-round, but here's a few extra-special events we have planned throughout Move UBC month to get you motivated!
Move UBC Kick-Off Walk: February 5, celebrate the start of Move UBC with a fun, guided stroll around campus, and celebration stations with prizes, snacks and giveaways. Just lace up some comfy shoes, and stop by Martha Piper Plaza at noon.
Move UBC Off-Campus Pass: Always wanted to try out Barre Belle? Curious whether Ride Cycle is for you? During Move UBC, UBC Vancouver students can try out FREE classes at a number of Vancouver studios by participating in the Move UBC Off-Campus Challenge.
Research Roundtable: February 21 from 12-2, learn about evidence-based practices in promoting physical activity and collaborate with faculty on what further actions can be taken to enable movement on campus. Lunch is provided. Learn more.
Active Wear Wednesdays: We’re making it easier than ever to get moving this month. Wear your athletic gear on Wednesdays and show your student/faculty/staff card for free access to classes and facilities at UBC Vancouver!
Wellbeing Challenge: The Wellbeing Challenge is back, and this time it's gone digital! Discover ways to nourish your body and be more active on campus with this fun, self-paced scavenger hunt!
Wednesday Wellbeing Walks: Looking for a great way to squeeze in some steps and explore campus? Join the Move U Crew for guided wellbeing walks each Wednesday! Check out the Move UBC Calendar for times and meet up locations.
Cha Cha Slide: February 28th: Clap your hands, stomp your feet, and join the Move U Crew at Martha Piper Plaza for the Cha Cha Slide at noon!
You probably spend a large part of your day on campus; luckily, there are plenty of ways to be physically active at UBC for little or no cost. Here are a few ways you can explore moving at UBC year-round!
- Join the Walkabout Program
- Take a break from your desk and walk through the Nitobe Garden or the Okanagan Trails
- Rock climb at The Aviary at the AMS Nest
- Grab a walking buddy and explore Pacific Spirit Regional Park
- Check out the UNA Program Guide for everything from ballet to karate!
- Stroll through the Museum of Anthropology for some active learning.
- Take office hours outside with walking meetings. Try the Main Mall, Tower Beach, or Wreck Beach Trails (maps here)
- Take advantage of UBC's great amenities.
- At UBC Vancouver, swim at the UBC Aquatic Centre, skate at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, or challenge someone to a match at the Tennis Centre.
- At UBC Okanagan, check out the Hangar Fitness Centre for spin, a jungle gym, and dance!
- Squeeze in a lunch workout with bootcamps, yoga, dance, and more with UBC Recreation.
Social connection and physical activity are both key to wellbeing. Combine the two for a powerful (and fun) mood booster!
- Join an Intramural team at either the Vancouver or Okanagan campus
- Take part in the Wellbeing Challenge for a chance to explore campus and maybe even win great prizes.
- Get some friends together and sign up for a group fitness activity, such as UBC Recreation (Vancouver) fitness classes or Okanagan campus group fitness.
- Have fun trying something new as a group! The UBCO Curling Bonspiel, or Drop-in Gymnastics at Osborne Gym can be great teambuilding activities!
- Invite a friend or colleague to join you for a walking break or meeting!
The best way to begin reducing your sitting time is to look at how movement can be incorporated into things you're already doing. Think of physical activity less as one dedicated chunk of your day, and more as small, frequent breaks.
- If you're able to, take the stairs whenever you can.
- Have an "active" commute. Walk or bike to work if you can, get off the bus a few stops early, or park further away from class or work and walk the rest of the way.
- Take a stand! Break up long lectures or meetings with a standing break, or try studying at an active workstation or treadmill desk
- Incorporate Random Acts of Exercise into your day—courtesy of Dr. Sally Willis-Stewart and her 4th year Kinesiology students.
- Carry a smaller water bottle or use a glass. You'll find yourself standing up more frequently to refill it.
Want the Move U Crew to break up your sitting in class, at events, or during meetings? Request a free guided 5-15 minutes movement break from the Crew.
Check out these tips from the Kinesiology Undergraduate Society!
UBC Recreation is committed to providing an inclusive, accessible, and respectful experience for all of its patrons, volunteers, and staff. Learn more.
Creating an environment that supports physical activity is a collaborative process. Here are a few campus partners who help get UBC moving more!
- UBC Vancouver Recreation
- UBC Kinesiology
- University Neighbourhood Association
UBC Staff and Faculty Resources
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