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Jogging To Job Success

March 3, 2015, 5:10 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Jogging To Job Success
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Health experts are always telling us we need to exercise and eat right, but finding time around work to do that isn't always easy.

It's not the typical greeting you see when you walk into an office. But jogging in place is the norm at the Sioux Falls Street Department.

"I have a stand-up desk. I have a ball. I have weights. I have a little ball to do sit-ups with. I have my elliptical down here. And then we actually have a fitness room too," Tech Clerk with the Sioux Falls Street Department, Kristin Lobien said. 

It's all thanks to the city's Healthy Lifestyles Initiative, which pays for this equipment. Some of the ladies at the Street Department are taking full advantage of these perks, and are inspiring others.

"They're really excited about it. They use them every day. I see them always on it, standing there. To the point where I'm almost thinking I should start doing this too," City Street Manager, Galynn Huber said. 

One tricky area is getting used to moving and typing at the same time. Something employees are still adjusting to. 

"Yes, it's very hard. Sometimes I can't do it if I'm really into it. But if we're in a snow storm and getting a lot of calls I can't do a lot of data entry. But I can talk on the phone and I can do this. So that helps," Lobien said. 

With some hard days on the job, an endorphin rush is just what they need. 

"Not only health wise, but that stress. That's a big factor for us down here. There's a lot of stress with the phone calls, the snow during the winter season. So I think this really helps that out too," Huber. said

"I feel better now than I ever have before. And it's nice that I can go to work and not have to take time away from my family to go to the gym," Lobien said.

Huber says the cost of the equipment has been relatively cheap and it has boosted office morale.

 

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