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Dr. Jung provides 5 Tips to a healthy exercise routine

With a New Year comes the opportunity for many to start a new exercise routine. Dr. Jung offers her 5 tips to developing a healthy routine.

Self-Compassion Seminars for UBC:Okanagan Staff, Faculty and Students

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Dr. Jung collaborates with Okanagan app developer

Unique health and fitness app developed in partnership

Interested in trying Motivation Engine for free?

Dr. Jung’s work with Motivation Engine featured on Global News

Dr. Jung was recently featured in an interview on Global News regarding her work with the newly developed application Motivation Engine.

Motivation Engine has been develop to assist individuals with the development and attainment of an individualized physical activity goal. Users of Motivation Engine are paired up with a lifestyle coach who’s aim is to assist the individual in work towards his/her specific goals in an effort to develop the motivation to attain said goal.

For more information on Motivation Engine, please view the interview via the above link.

Are you interested in trying Motivation Engine for free? Dr. Jung is currently looking for individuals aged 19-65 to participate in an 8-week free trial of the application. If you are interested in participation, and are a current member of the Kelowna YMCA, or H20 Adventure and Fitness Centre, please contact Dr. Jung’s Masters student Elizabeth Voth for more information at


Meet Tracy – Small Steps for Big Changes success story

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Small Steps Big Change Study participant Tracy Harrison talks about how the study changed her views about exercise. To hear about Tracy’s journey please see the link below:

Meet Tracy – Small Steps for Big Changes success story

Meet Michael, a Small Steps for Big Changes success story

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Small Steps Big Change Study participant Michael Van Ziffle talks about how the study changed his views about exercise. To hear about Michael’s journey please see the link below: Meet Michael – Small Steps for Big Changes success story

Small Steps for Big Changes

Lifestyle change program is recruiting

This study is a lifestyle change program designed specifically to assist individuals who wish to become regular exercisers. We are very excited to be able to offer such a program to the Okanagan community. Small Steps for Big Changes offers evidence-based, individualized fitness testing, one-on-one personal training, and most importantly, teaches important self-regulatory skills that enable life-long involvement in physical activity all free of charge. Our aim is to assist in active adults in becoming independent exercisers.

We are looking for men and women between the ages of 30 – 65 years who engage in two or less bouts of aerobic activity per week and can commit to the program and associated visits held in our laboratory at UBC Okanagan.

Contact us by phone us at 250-807-8419 for more information! Or email: and we will be happy to describe the study in depth a bit more or send you an email with more detailed information on what the study will entail.



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UBC health and exercise researchers win national grant

Mary Jung and Jonathan Little receive $277,000 in research funding

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UBC School of Health and Exercise Sciences Assistant Professors Mary Jung and Jonathan Little have received $277,000 from the Canadian Institute of Health Research to continue their research on helping people continue personal exercise programs.

As many of Canadians have experienced, sticking to an exercise plan can be difficult. Traditional exercise plans are often lengthy, costly, and require substantial commitment from participants.

The research team combines Jung’s expertise in health and exercise psychology and Little’s in high-intensity interval training to research a counselling program that will promote lasting success. The program consists of two weeks of exercise counselling with time-efficient high-intensity interval training (HIT).

“Rather than telling people to just start exercising, we are teaching them how to self-regulate exercise so that they can exercise on their own for years to come,” says Jung. “Our participants learn key self-regulatory skills including goal-setting and learning how to self-monitor their progress.”

Forty Okanagan residents participated in the pilot study in 2013 with promising findings.

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“Time is the number one reported barrier to exercise,” says Little. “We said ‘let’s remove that barrier’, and make it time efficient.”

The key is in the combination: Manageable short bursts of activity partnered with two weeks of counselling means participants become their own trainers.

“It is so rewarding to bring participants back in regular intervals and see the success they have experienced as independent exercisers,” says Jung. “We get to say ‘you did that all on your own’.”

To participate in the upcoming study email