Move UBC – February 2023

What is Move UBC?

Move UBC is a university-wide initiative each February aiming to increase physical activity and reduce the time students, faculty, staff, and the UBC community spend being inactive. Small changes can add up to big impacts— moving more can help improve mental health and resilience, boost your creativity and productivity, improve your sleep, and even help our planet!

For many, fitting physical activity into our day, whether working and learning remotely or from campus, can be a challenge. Check out the Move UBC event calendar for lots of great ways to get moving in ways that are empowering, comfortable, and motivating for you. Learn more at


Healthy heart, healthy planet

Whether commuting to work or running errands, active transportation is an option for you to help add movement to your day. Not only does active transportation, such as taking transit, support your mental and physical health, but it also helps reduce emissions and protect the planet. Learn more about tips for travelling sustainably here.


Physical activity helps relieve stress

Just 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week can help boost your mood, improve self-esteem, and decrease stress, anxiety, and depression.

Learn about research happening in the Fitness, Aging and Stress Lab.


Work up a sweat for better rest

Exercise can help you sleep soundly and wake up refreshed. Regulated sleep patterns and better rest are also linked with fostering and maintaining mental health.


Let movement be like medicine

Regular, moderate exercise can fight chronic diseases boosting your immune system to help you heal better. Physical activity is also linked to reduced illness and sick days off.

Support your mental health by moving more!

Even a small daily dose of physical activity can help you thrive. It can also lead to increased engagement and social activities, which also contribute to building mental health.

Learn more about Mind in Motion, an exercise intervention for students seeking mental health care on campus.