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CFN Set to Open Workplace Gym - Call for Gym Equipment Donations

Do you have some gym equipment in your basement or garage not getting much use? Do you know someone who does? CFN is seeking gym equipment donations for our onsite gym space at our new location. To arrange for a tax receipt or delivery of items please contact Christina Bui or 403.536.8247

In today's fast-paced work environment, employees need to stay healthy and productive. This has become especially true as society readjusts to a post COVID-19 world. At CFN, the mental health and physical wellness of our employees are a top priority and one way to promote employee health and wellness is by having a place to get active at the workplace. Work, family, and social commitments can make it difficult to incorporate a regular workout routine. This is why the Centre for Newcomers has set aside space for an all-purpose gym at our new location. Having a gym at work can provide numerous benefits to both employees and employers, from reducing stress to improving productivity.

Centre for Newcomers is looking for donations of the following gym equipment:

• Stationary bikes

• Ellipticals

• Treadmills

• 100 lbs or more punching bags

• Dumbbells or free weights

• Cable Machines & Other weight-training equipment

• Medicine balls

• Kettlebells

• Skipping ropes

• Tension bands

• Sports Ladders

• Towels

• Spray bottles

• Fans

• Laundry baskets

• Flat-screen TVs (no tube TVs accepted please)

Equipment can be dropped off at the Centre for Newcomers, Monday through Friday, 8:30 pm to 4:30 pm, at 125, 565 - 36 Street NE. Tax receipts can be issued upon request for the current fair market value of the items donated.

At CFN, exercise before, during and after working hours is encouraged and here are a few reasons why:

Mental Health

It’s no secret that stress wreaks havoc on the human body. Stressed-out employees have trouble focusing and thinking clearly. Reports show exercise helps improve mental health by providing clarity to better handle stress effectively. When employees have access to a gym at work, it becomes more convenient to fit in and exercise routine. This can help reduce stress and boost employee productivity, as employees can take quick exercise breaks to reduce stress and refocus their attention on their work tasks.

Physical Health

Simply put, exercise improves physical health, which can translate into better productivity at work. When employees are healthy, they are less likely to miss work due to illness, and they are more likely to have higher energy levels throughout the day. By having a gym at work, employees are more likely to engage in regular exercise, which can help them stay healthy and productive in the long run.

Brain Health

Regular exercise has been shown to improve cognitive function, including memory, attention, and learning. When employees engage in regular exercise, they are better able to concentrate and focus on their work tasks. This can lead to increased productivity and better work outcomes. By having a gym at work, employees can take quick exercise breaks throughout the day, which can help improve their cognitive function and boost their productivity when they return to their work tasks.

A Healthy Sense of Community

Having a gym at work can create a sense of community among employees. When employees work out together, they can build relationships and connect outside of the typical work environment. This can help foster a sense of community and teamwork, which can lead to higher levels of productivity and collaboration in the workplace. Providing an opportunity for colleagues to connect outside of a formal work environment fosters healthy personal and professional relationships. By giving employees a gym (or a space to move), companies show proof they want to see workers thrive beyond the workspace.

In the end, having a gym at work can provide numerous benefits to both employees and employers and we couldn't be more excited about getting ours up and running! Contact Christina Bui at or 403.536.8247 today.


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