The connection between physical activity, the brain, and overall well-being during COVID-19

Being physically active is as good for the mind as it is for the body. In fact, the BC Provincial Health Authority recommends that people stay active during the COVID-19 pandemic to help support overall well-being. In this webinar, we will explore the role that different types of physical activity play in improving stamina, resilience, sleep, cognitive function, and how we feel and think in our everyday lives. Learn how physical activity affects the brain and helps us manage stress and trauma. Discover professional approaches to starting or maintaining a physically active lifestyle in this time of physical distancing, uncertainty and seasonal change.

Moderated by Kathryn Gretsinger, MJ’06, Associate Professor of Teaching, UBC School of Journalism, Writing & Media; Director, Global Reporting Centre; Journalist; Senior Faculty Advisor to the UBC President.

Presented in partnership with UBC Faculty of Medicine and UBC School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Education.

This is the tenth webinar in our COVID-19 series.

Recorded November 16, 2020.

Speakers

Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, BSc’94, MSc’98, PhD’04 – Professor, Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience, UBC Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine; Lead of the Physical Activity for Precision Health Research Cluster
Dr. Eli Puterman, MA’04, PhD’09 – Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Health, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar, UBC School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Education; Co-Lead of the Physical Activity for Precision Health Research Cluster

Exercise Websites

Exercise Apps (no weights required; variety of workouts)

  • Down Dog (HIIT, Barre, Yoga)
  • Nike Training Club
  • Adidas Training
  • 8 Fit

UBC Recreation Resources

Articles, Webinars, Websites

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