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April 2021 

With the arrival of spring, I hope you’re enjoying that sunshine and finding ways to get active outdoors; as a reminder, both physical activity and sunshine have positive effects on our mental and physical health. As a new mom, recently returned to work form maternity leave, I’m really enjoying the extra hour of sunlight in the evening to get outside after work. My daily dose of physical activity usually involves loading my son in the hiking pack and taking our dogs for a walk. This is a great way to connect with my family while also receiving the benefits of outdoor, physical activity, while demonstrating an active, healthy lifestyle to my son.

This month I challenge you to enjoy some outdoor, physical activity; furthermore, I encourage you to share your experience with others and challenge them to join you – be it someone in your household physically joining you on a walk or taking your next meeting or video-chat on the go. If you’re looking for other ways to get active, check out this issue of the newsletter for information on Staff & Faculty Sports Week, to see what’s happening on the Recreation YouTube channel, learn how to sign up for affordable events such as golf lessons, virtual runs, UBCycles rentals, and so much more!

Take care and stay healthy,

Layne McDougall,

Recreation Manager

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Updates & Announcements

Winter 2021 Recreation Survey 

  • Win a UBCO Heat Hoodie or a Summer Semester Membership to the Hangar by answering the survey to help us evaluate and improve our facilities, events, and programs
  • Complete Survey

YouTube Channel 

  • Pre-recorded fitness and yoga classes from our instructors
  • Subscribe

UBC Giving Day 

  • On April 7, join alumni, students, staff, faculty and friends for a 24-hour online giving challenge and support the UBC cause that matters most to you
  • Donate

Member Connect Story

"In online education, we tend to forget the importance of incorporating physical activity into our daily schedules. However, physical activity is crucial for overall wellbeing. Hence, why taking constant movement breaks is so important. This inspired me to join UBCO Recreation as a volunteer to film short movement breaks that encourage some physical activity in our busy lives! I hope to inspire everyone to take care of themselves especially when we are studying very hard."

- Riya Naik,

UBCO First Year B.Sc Student 

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Virtual Events & Programs

Virtual Fitness Classes 

Free virtual fitness classes will continue throughout April and the Summer Semester! Visit the website to print April's schedule.

We're excited to introduce a new class coming April 11th & 25th at 10am: Sweat & Flow. A combination of a 30 minute HIIT workout followed by 30 minutes of yoga. 

Stay tuned for a Fitness & Wellness Challenge to be released this week on FacebookInstagram!

Class Schedule

Virtual Run/Walk with Rec!

Join UBCO Recreation for a virtual run of 3km, 5km, or 10km! 

Sign-up online and simply choose your own starting line, whether it's on a treadmill or outside. You can complete this run in multiple parts or all at once. All ages and abilities (including walkers) are welcome.

Each finisher will receive a completion certificate and be entered to win great Recreation prizes.

The dates to complete this race are April 19-25th!


Interested in training for a 5km? Sign up for a 5km training program with Rachel, UBCO Heat Cross Country Alumni.

DIY Wood Sign Paint Night 

Recreation has partnered with Rustic Chalk Decor for more paint nights throughout the spring! The winter sessions were so successful we had to offer more!

Sign up for a fun, social night of painting! Choose from wonderful designs and colours to create a beautiful, personalized sign! 

Date: April 21st 
Time: 7 - 8pm
Location: Zoom

Deadline to register is April 16th


Lunch & Lift 

Lunch & Lift is a series of free 2-in-1 interactive wellbeing workshops consisting of a 30-minute movement class, followed by a 30-minute interactive wellbeing session facilitated by a UBC wellbeing professional. 

Date: April 21st
Time: 12 - 1pm
Location: Zoom


Staff & Faculty Sports Week

Registration is now open for Staff & Faculty Sports Week, happening May 3rd - 7th! This is a free event hosted for both UBC Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. Check out the registration link for details about fun events and activities occuring throughout the week!

Registration closes on April 16th @ 5pm


What is your favourite way to stay active with UBCO Rec?


On-Campus Events & Programs

UBCycles Bike Donation 

UBCycles is supporting UBC Sustainability goals by launching a Bike Donation Campaign during April to reduce costs of acquiring new bicycles and parts and to provide future learning opportunities in bike maintenance workshops. To donate your bike visit the UBCycles website.

Heat Summer Camps 

Basketball and Volleyball camps are open for kids aged 9-18. Campers will receive instruction from UBCO Heat student athletes and coaches to improve their skills, knowledge, and conditioning. 

Date: July 12th to August 27th
Time: 9am-12pm or 1-4pm
Location: UBCO Gymnasium


Badminton Ladder

Challenge your friends to Badminton competitions on Monday's! Badminton Ladder is open to UBCO Staff & Faculty and Students. There is still time to register and challenge others! 

Date: March 29th - April 26th
Time: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Location: Gymnasium


Yoga Classes

Visit the Hangar for morning or evening classes with styles ranging from yin, power, to flow yoga! Classes are offered every weekday except Tuesdays.

Our yoga studio can safely accomodate up to six people per class. Spots fill up quickly, so register early! Registration opens 7 days in advance. 



Off-Campus Events & Programs 

Golf Lessons

We are offering golf lessons at the Okanagan Golf Club starting this spring! Group lessons are a great way to learn all aspects of the game with your friends in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. 

$45 for students; $79 for staff for 4 lessons 

Date: April 19, April 26, May 3, and May 10 
Time: 6 - 7pm
Location: Okanagan Golf Club


Paddleboarding Lessons

Enjoy the sunshine and Okanagan Lake with paddleboarding lessons from Okanagan Paddle Centre.

Stay tuned for more information coming soon! OPC will be offering three lessons at discounted rates for students and staff. 


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