School Hacking #6 – Shining Gyms and Libraries of CCH

Physical fitness is key to healthy living and the benefits are tremendous! Physical fitness improves your mental well being, your physical health, your emotions and will lead to a longer life. Catholic Central High School sees all these benefits of physical activity, and therefore, one of the four pillars of CCH is “Athletics”. You might not see yourself as the next NHL all star, but even going for a half-hour walk, four times a week presents amazing health benefits. Physical fitness is something everyone can engage in; it takes no special skills or talents and everyone has their own limits to how many reps, weights, distances, or times they can do an activity. Fortunately for CCH students, our school possesses excellent facilities on both campuses.

Campus East and West have high quality fitness centres that contain a multitude of equipment to help you meet your fitness goals. Both fitness centres have everything from ellipticals to exercise bikes to weight machines, and everything in between. One of my favourite machines is the rowing machine on Campus West. Not only is it great exercise and you can vary the intensity, but it also has games built into it’s computer. You can race other row boats or do a fish game. Simply put, they provide a lot of motivation for you to try harder (sort of like Flappy Bird). Even better, the fitness centres are open every day at Flex and on Fridays after school. Why not try out the various pieces of equipment to help you work out? Your well being will be sure to thank you!

Like with anything else in life, you don’t want too much of any one thing and, instead, should try to be well-rounded. With all the added energy gained from being physically fit, why not spend some time learning a new skill, studying for your classes, or reading a good book? The library is a great place to do any of these things. The library on Campus East has comfortable couches, large work tables and other spaces that offer students an excellent place to study away from distractions. It also offers many computers for research and other necessary school work. Finally, being a library, it’s also full of books and magazines for whenever you want to just sit down and get immersed in a good book. Although Campus West does not have a traditional library, the eLearning Centre offers students another great space, as well as more than enough computers. The large work tables are great for studying and give you ample space to spread out all of your books and notes.

At CCH, physical fitness is taken seriously as it is one of our four pillars. Of course, the library and eLearning Centre are there to support students in another pillar: “Academics”. A lot of hard work has been dedicated to making sure that these facilities are shining gems of our school, and these facilities are here for YOU, so be sure to give them a try some time; there’s nothing to lose, and only benefits to gain.

– Jules


Jules Pankoski is a Grade Twelve student at CCH. He enjoys flying, music, and travelling. His favourite thing about CCH is the two campuses.

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