State Capitol employees take work in stride

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BISMARCK, N.D. - There's been a lot of hustle and bustle at the state capitol because of the Legislative Session, but not everyone is rushing around to get to their next meeting.

Employees are using their workplace for a workout.

It's not a typical place to burn calories, but some at the state capitol find time to exercise during their work day.

"A way for them to socialize or sometimes you'll also see people have a walking meeting," said Stacy Hoffman, department of health.

Between 10 am and 3 pm you can catch employees using the ground and first floor to get in their steps for the day during their break each route varying from a tenth of a mile to a quarter of a mile per lap.

"I usually put in 10 to 15,000 steps a day. I just walk up and down the steps and back and forth; I don't know how far. I just know by the end of the day I have at lease 10 to 12,000 steps," said Rachelle, a capitol walker.

For a more intense workout you can run the stairs from the ground floor, which is up to the 18th floor -- a total of 244 steps.

The 18th floor is also home to a 30 minute workout class Monday through Thursday.

"Studies now are saying that a half hour, even if you do a high intensity interval training, is what you need to do for the day, so you get it in at work, over lunch, you don't have to drive anywhere. It's pretty convenient," said Stephanie Kom.

From kickboxing to XaBeat the classes incorporate cardio and equipment.

"It kind of gives you a stress relief, and get you a little sweaty, I guess, before you get back to work," said Denae Johnson, a volunteer who works for DOT.

Capitol employees are mixing up the workday by burning calories and counting steps, instead of counting down the hours of work.

The workout classes are taught by volunteers, and the capitol is open to the public, so even if you don't work there, you could use the facility to exercise.