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Whether you’re trying to build your overall sense of wellbeing, reduce stress, lose weight, make new friends, or reduce your risks of cancer or cardiovascular disease, walking can help you on your way. The Step it Up campaign highlights walking programs that are free or inexpensive, and designed for all students, staff, faculty and community members.

There are lots of ways to Step it Up this year:

  • Join in on one of our FREE guided Lunchtime Walks, such as the Art Lover’s Walk, Dog Walker’s Stroll or the Stair Challenge;
  • Sign up for the UBC Walkabout by January 10th to count your steps for 9 weeks with 5 teammates;
  • Start considering a new way to get your family moving by participating in the Walk’n Roll to School Program that’s designed to help families choose active transportation to commute to school;
  • Join Jane’s Walk at UBC in May 2016, to learn about the UBC community and explore the campus.

If you sign up for the UBC Walkabout or take part in one (or more) of the lunchtime guided walks, you’ll be entered in a draw to win 1 of 3 FitBit Flexes!

Concerned about accessibility or health conditions?

We understand that walking isn't an option for everyone, but we strongly believe in including everybody whenever possible.

People who have physical disabilities are more than welcome to participate in our programs - there are only a few exceptions with our programs (the Stair Challenge, for example) that are unfortunately inaccessible. For those who want to participate in the Walkabout or other step counting programs and are using wheelchairs, we recommend using this resource sheet to translate "steps" from distance.

While walking is generally recommended as a great activity for many who live with chronic health conditions, it's important to always check with your doctor in advance of starting any new physical activity program to ensure that it's a good fit for you. For the guided walks, we will include details about the route, speed of the walk and distance so that you can assess if it's a good fit for you. Please see the below links of some good resources regarding some common chronic health conditions and the benefits of physical activity.

Diabetes

Cardiovascular Problems

Cancer

Multiple Sclerosis

For those who have questions about accessibility or health conditions, we're happy to discuss the details of the programs with you. Please contact Suzanne Jolly, Physical Activity Manager (suzanne.jolly@ubc.ca or 604-827-3872) with questions.

Why Walk?

  • It is a low cost option to get moving, not requiring a lot of time, initial fitness level, or special clothes or equipment.
  • It is a way to enjoy our campus.
  • It is easily done between classes, on the way to/from work, or as part of a meeting.
  • You can do it with family members, colleagues or friends of all ages, without excluding anyone.
  • You can easily make friends while walking.
  • It is good for your mental health - either for preventing mental health concerns or reducing the symptoms of depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses.
  • Help improve your cognitive functioning, focus, and energy levels for school or work.

Upcoming Events

Step It Up: Pumpkins and Puppies!

We bring puppies to campus to brighten your day! Join us for a walk around campus followed by some pumpkin spice themed refreshments. It's a fun walk for the puppies and a stress relief for you!

Step It Up: Gotta Catch ‘Em All!

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Step It Up is a series of free guided walks that are held monthly as a part of UBC Recreation’s Movement Co program.


For October, Movement Co. set up a fun Pokemon Go themed walk. Natalie Taylor, an ambassador of Lululemon, was invited to the event as a guest. She provided a workshop on how you can getting yourself moving more. Although it had been cloudy and rainy for the past few days, the weather turned out perfect for a lunchtime walk!

We started with stretching and introductions, then a staff from Movement Co. guided us an adventurous scavenger hunt walk across UBC’s campus to find hidden Pokeballs. The more Pokeballs you have, the higher your chances of winning a prize!

After the walk, Natalie Taylor led a conversation on how to motivate yourself to get into movement and set a daily routine for walking or running. Overll, the event was not only fun, we also got to meet new people and socialize!


Step It Up is a great reason to get out and walk with your friends or to meet new people. Be sure to join us for our next Step It Up walk, Pumpkins & Puppies on Wednesday, November 16th at 12pm. Bring your puppy (or yourself if you don’t have one) for a walk around campus followed by some pumpkin spice themed refreshments!

Step it Up: Pokemon Go and Get Walking!

Join us at the UBC Bookstore for a 'Pokemon Go' themed walk with a few interactive Pokemon themed stations! This event is free and designed for all students, staff, faculty, and community members. You'll also get a chance to win a FREE FITBIT FLEX!

Defeat Depression Walk/Run: March 12

Join the UBC Mental Health Awareness Club in this inspiring 5 kms walk on Saturday, March 12, starting at the Nest, and help to defeat depression and the stigma of mental illness. Arrive early and register on March 12, or register online now.  This event costs $10 for students/youth  or $15 for adults, but all proceeds raise money for the Mood Disorders Society of Canada so don’t let the cost stop you.  Find out more.