Benefits of Stocking Up Your Breakroom


Finding it hard to stay energized and productive at work? Feeling tired and overworked? Breakrooms are meant to encourage a physical and mental break from a stressful workday. Stocking up your breakroom can help boost you and your coworkers’ performance in the long run. Here’s how:

 Fosters Healthy and Happy Employees 

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Stocking up the breakroom encourages mental breaks when you and your co-workers feel stressed out. Whole foods such as fruit and vegetables help nourish your body by providing the natural fuels it needs to take on the workday. Studies have revealed that people who maintain healthier eating habits are less likely to suffer from mood disorders and depression in the long run.

Boosts Morale and Productivity

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The foods we eat have a large impact on our productivity. When you eat food, your body converts it into glucose, your brain’s largest source of energy; the fuel you burn over the course of the day. You’ve likely experienced a slump at work where you were hungry and were less productive- this was likely because you didn’t have enough energy to power you through the day. Having the extra boost of food energy helps increase your mood and overall performance.

Encourages A Strong Workplace Culturefood fist Most office employees spend more time alone at their desk during the day than with coworkers. Stocking up the breakroom empowers employees to come together to converse and brainstorm with people they may not have otherwise. In the long-run, building a strong company culture fosters innovation and new ideas, creating a strong competitive advantage.

A well-stocked breakroom helps create an environment where you and your coworkers will feel refreshed, energized and ready to take on any workday.

ParticipACTION 150 Playlist Vote & Staying Active This Winter


Going into hibernation mode is oh so tempting. The colder the weather gets, the less we want to go outside. It makes sense. And of course, staying inside all cozy and warm snuggled up with some tea is one of the best ways to unwind during the cold season. But this doesn’t mean you can’t keep active during your spare time.

Another reason to stay healthy this winter is that we live the great white north! And this year marks Canada’s 150th birthday, which gives us all the more reason to stay active and celebrate in a way that embraces the true heritage of Canada.

Take a look at some ways you can stay active this winter.

Ice Skating

Most cities have a local ice rink, so make sure you get out those skates and take advantage this winter! Ice skating is great cardio and a fun activity to do with family or friends.

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Snow Sprints

Another great way to get that cardio workout in. Find a snow-covered field and try jogging or running in laps. Ice usually doesn’t form on grass so it is safe to run on a grassed area. But if it makes you feel more comfortable, you can do this during or after a fresh snowfall.  Also, if you want to take it up a notch, throw some walking lunges into those laps. Just make sure you dress warm!

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Skiing/Snowboarding

This snow sport is an amazing way to stay in shape, but it does require more skill than the other alternatives. If you aren’t familiar with skiing or snowboarding, don’t fret it! There are many training classes and smaller hills available to practice on – which is still great exercise.

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Tobogganing

Who would have thought such a fun activity can also be a way to stay active! Tobogganing should not be undermined. Walking uphill, especially in the snow, is great cardio and melts mega calories. This is also the perfect way to have some family time while keeping everyone active.

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Shoveling Snow

It might be time to second guess that dreaded task. Shoveling snow is actually great exercise, as you are working your arms to move the snow and your legs to lift. It really is a whole body workout. So grab your shovel and don’t be afraid to take ownership of this chore!

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Like these ideas? Vote for your favourite activities on Participation’s “150 Playlist” to help get Canadians moving on the 150th birthday! Challenge yourself and your friends to participate in as many activities as possible through out the year and be entered to win amazing prizes such as a new car, or a trip to Whistler! Over 100 events will be taking place across Canada to give everyone a chance to stay active, and try some great activities. Make sure you vote now and help us change these stats!

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Treadmill Desks? See What the Buzz is All About


We’ve been discussing the impacts of prolonged sitting at work for some time now. While sit & stand desks and desk accessories have become imperative to helping people balance out their daily sit & stand routine, treadmill desks are not as popular but they are a viable option for those seeking to take their activity at the office to the next level.

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Here are some of the benefits of using a treadmill, according to a LifeSpan article:

Improves Mood & Reduces Stress

Exercise is a great way to release stress, whether work or non work related. Physical activity triggers our body to release endorphins which help us get into a positive mood. It can also help to reach your fitness goals since we spend majority of our day at work!

Fuels Creativity

A study conducted by Standford University; volunteers completed tasks while sedentary and while walking on a treadmill at a slow pace. On average, the volunteers using a treadmill were able to come up with 60% more different uses for their tasks compared to sitting. Creativity & exercise all in one!

Productivity Boost

Another study was done by University of Minnesota that indicated an increase in productivity and health for treadmill desk users. While there may be perceptions of the ability to walk a treadmill and focus could be difficult, this study suggests otherwise.

Promotes a Healthy Body

The “no brainer” here – walking helps us burn calories and stay in shape. So instead of waiting for the lunch break or the evening to take a stroll, you could get your steps in while working!

Lowers Blood Pressure

Walking (even at a light pace) helps increase blood flow which helps lower blood pressure. This is a huge health benefit for anyone suffering (or looking to prevent) high blood pressure.

Below you will find a response to a LifeSpan survey showing what type of improvement people saw by using the treadmill desk on an average of less than two hours a day:

Treadmill Desks Survey

Source: LifeSpan

There are even actual reviews of first experiences, like the one below:

The research and early adopters seem to be fairly satisfied with using a treadmill desk. Is this something that your workplace is considering for some of its employees? Would you consider walking at your desk?