Physical activity, or fitness, in its various forms is a fundamental component of health. The benefits of regular physical activity are many, where as a sedentary lifestyle can place an individual at even greater risk for developing a variety of health concerns.

What Counts as Activity?
Anything that moves you! It is suggested that 10,000 steps a day will assist you in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, 12,000 - 15,000 steps a day will assist your body's ability to burn calories. Don't be discouraged if your daily steps are no where close to 10,000. The idea is to gradually increase your steps over time until you reach a target that you are comfortable with.
*It is recommended that you consult with a medical professional prior to beginning any fitness program.

What are the Benefits of Being Active?

  • Better overall health
  • Improved fitness
  • Improved posture and balance
  • Improved self esteem
  • Weight control
  • Stronger muscles and bones
  • Increased levels of energy
  • Relaxation and reduced stress
  • Continued independent living in later life

What are the Health Risks of Inactivity?

  • Premature death
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Adult on set diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stroke
  • Depression
  • Colon Cancer


EFAP Programs

Personal Fitness Training

With today's hectic lifestyles, finding time to stay fit and active can be a challenge. Therefore, maximizing your efforts and time are essential. Consulting a personal trainer is an excellent opportunity to assist you in reaching your fitness goals.

U of A faculty and staff members can access 2 hours of personal fitness consultation at no cost. Please access the Fitness Consultation Service overview for more information. To make an appointment with a trainer, contact our Assistance Program provider, Homewood Health.

Jumpstart your Wellness

Jumpstart your Wellness is a self-directed program with initial coaching consultation that provides healthy solutions for wellness, ongoing lifestyle, productivity, work life, and behaviour change. Jumpstart your Wellness participants have access to new online health libraries containing articles and resource materials by health and wellness professionals, supplemented by a program workbook.

To access this program, please create an account on Homeweb.

Off-Campus Resources
  • The University of Alberta is a member of the City of Edmonton's Corporate Wellness program. Faculty and staff receive discounts on entry to city run sports and recreation facilities simply by showing your ONEcard when purchasing your passes.
  • More information on the Corporate Wellness program is available on the City of Edmonton website.

Other external resources

Active Edmonton

Alberta Centre of Active Living

Health Canada

Healthy Alberta

On-Campus Resources

Physical Activity and Wellness (PAW) Centre

The PAW Centre is a collaboration between the Students' Union, Graduate Students' Association, the Faculty, and the University of Alberta and has been designed to promote and foster the health and well-being of the campus community.The PAW Centre houses the Hanson Fitness and Lifestyle Centre and the Wilson Climbing Centre.

Campus and Community Recreation

University Health Centre


Support Staff Personal Spending Account (PSA)

Support Staff can use their Personal Spending Account to cover the cost of personal wellness expenses such as fitness equipment and fitness-related services. Expenses incurred for dependents are not eligible under this plan; only expenses incurred for the employee are eligible under the PSA.

U of A On the Move

On the Move is a University of Alberta initiative designed to encourage individuals to increase their daily activity levels or maintain their current active lifestyle. Being active can include purchasing a gym membership or joining a program but it can also be as easy as parking a little farther away from the building, walking to speak to a friend or colleague, taking a walk at lunch or choosing to take the stairs. The goal of the program is to increase awareness of the opportunities our campus community has to be active.

Making physical activity part of your daily routine can increase your energy level, assist in maintaining a healthy weight and reduce stress. Take this opportunity and WALK for life.

Walking Trails and Tours

U of A On the Move provides indoor and outdoor walking trail maps for north campus plus a self-guided tour of the University of Alberta's historical landmarks. All are available to download and print.

U of A Indoor Walking Trails

U of A Outdoor Walking Trails

U of A Historical Landmarks Tour

You may also wish to try the Office of Sustainability's Self-Guided Campus Sustainability Tour.

Our Partners

There are numerous partners on campus whose programs and activities directly impact the health and wellness of our campus community. On the Move highlights the partnership that exists between the following groups contributing to this site to raise awareness and promote the importance of attaining and maintaining a health, wellness and balance.

Facilities and Operations

Healthy Campus Unit

Human Resource Services

Office of Sustainability

Campus and Community Recreation

University Health Centre