Sit Less, Move More!



Sit Less, Move More.

Simple changes can make significant impacts on your wellbeing.

According to the BC Physical Activity Strategy (2015), adults aged 18+ should engage in 150 minutes of activity per week of moderate to vigorous intensity. Taking small steps towards moving more and sitting less can improve your physical wellbeing and help you achieve your full potential.


How can you reduce sedentary behaviour and move more?



Sit Less!

We understand that this time of year is busy for students as well as staff & faculty and much of your time may be spent sitting, hunched over a laptop or notebook. Take a step towards sitting less by using a stand-up desk in Irving K Barber Learning Centre during Thrive Week (Oct31-Nov4). All stand-up desks are available from 12pm – 1pm except Wednesday will be from 1pm – 2pm.

A stand-up desk, also called a standing desk, is basically a desk that allows you to stand up comfortably while working or studying.




Move More!

  • Standing helps maintain better posture versus sitting with shoulders hunched over
  • Standing Improves core and leg muscles which are key to staying strong and preventing spine injuries
  • Standing is like walking: it increases energy, burns extra calories, tones muscles, improves posture, increase blood flow and ramps up metabolism.

  1. Head and neck are balanced and in-line with the torso
  2. Top of the monitor is at or just below eye level so the user does not have to tilt the head or bend the neck down to see the monitor
  3. Shoulders are relaxed – not “shrugged-up” or “slumped-down.”
  4. Elbows are close to the body and bent between 90 and 120 degrees. Desktop height should be adjusted accordingly.
  5. Wrists and hands are straight, in-line, and roughly parallel to the floor
  6. Don’t lock your knees and keep feet flat on the floor

Make sure to give yourself ample time to stretch every hour!

Let’s work together to build a more vibrant and thriving UBC Community. Let us know what your favourite activities are that get you sitting less, and moving more. Share your tips with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!