Move More – How I Broke up with Inactivity

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For Valentine’s Day this year, I decided to break up with inactivity. We have been together for a while, but things are just not working out. I feel more anxious, tired, and mentally drained when I am around them. I need to be with someone that cares about me and fulfills my needs—someone like physical activity. They make me feel happier and more attentive! I knew I wanted to break up, but didn’t know how to do it. However, one day I finally did what what I needed to do—here is how I did it:

1. Try Making New Choices

The most difficult part of getting physically active is changing your habits. Believe me—inactivity is never going to change their mind! Start by adding any physical activity to your day. Instead of taking the elevator, try the stairs! Your environment is your playground and anything is possible!

2. Movement Breaks

Inactivity was a pain in my neck, literally! Taking a movement break is an excellent way to break up any sedentary time and relieve any tension. For most folks, sitting is a part of their career, education, and life, but movement is still possible! Every 30 minutes, try getting up to take a stretch break! The Move U Crew provide free movement breaks every Thursday at 2pm on the @UBCREC Instagram page! You can also request us to come into your lecture or meeting!

3. Find what YOU Enjoy

Physical activity should not be a chore—if you hate it, why even bother? For some, a gym may be their happy place to destress and unwind. Others may prefer going for a run, walk, or bike outside! The goal is finding something physically active that you are excited to do! If you are not sure where to start, we recommend browsing through UBC Recreations offerings—there is something for everyone!

4. Get Active with Friends

Although many folks prefer to exercise alone, physical activity is a great way to enjoy movement with likeminded people. If you already love to socialize, why not do it on the go, or at the gym?! Although it is a pandemic, that doesn’t mean we can’t be physically active with people. How about a physically distanced walk or even a free Zoom fitness class (found here)!

5. Make a Plan

It’s no secret that life in University is busy! However, that shouldn’t stop us from getting physically active. When you are planning your day or week, make sure to leave time for yourself. If you are having trouble focusing for that midterm or assignment, taking a quick exercise break is the best way to get back into the swing of things!

So there you have it, that is why I am breaking up with you inactivity. Valentine’s Day is about love and friendship, and I will only be with someone that cares about me. Inactivity, I bid you farewell.