Physical Activity Peer Coaching: Setting Goals, Overcoming Barriers!

Have you heard of the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines? According to these evidence-based recommendations, adults ages 18 to 64 are encouraged to accrue 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week, target strength training twice each week, and incorporate hours of light physical activity (e.g. standing) throughout the week.

The benefits of adhering to these guidelines include, but are not limited to:

  • decreased risk of anxiety, depression, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and;
  • fortified mental health, enhanced sleep quality, improved memory, better mood

Sounds appealing, right? However, it can be challenging to start following these guidelines or know if you’re already hitting these targets, especially as students with busy schedules. Not to worry, though– the Move U Crew is here for you! As student movement specialists, the Move U Crew offers free, 1-on-1 physical activity peer coaching sessions, where you’ll be guided on the goals you’d like to set, ways to overcome barriers, and strategies to integrate movement into your busy week. It is also an opportunity to learn about the many recreational services UBC has to offer, and more importantly, which ones are of interest to you!

Sessions are open to students, staff, faculty and community members from all fitness levels and abilities. They are also free, delivered virtually, and take only 30 minutes! Follow-up sessions can also be booked at no cost, in case you’d like to revisit your goals or simply want some accountability. If interested, feel free to learn more about this service or book your first session! The Move U Crew can’t wait to meet you!