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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Finding time to work out can be a chore.

Some adults prefer to do it before work; others like to sweat after work. At Youngstown State University, employees are encouraged to workout throughout their work day.

"The ultimate goal is just to get them to be momentarily active throughout their work day. Nothing is designed to even break a sweat while they are doing it. It is just too simply get them out of their hunched position typing at the desk all day and just get the blood flowing," said Youngstown State University senior Alyssa Sansone.

Sansone, an exercise science major at YSU, has helped launch Deskercise, an employee wellness program at the university. It's an eight week campaign that encourages employees, even student workers, to get up from their desks once an hour and exercise. More than 40 employees have signed up for the program including the Youngstown State University's police chief.

"It's great to every hour or so, every couple of hours to get up for literally 15 seconds to a minute and get out there and move around a little bit," said Chief John Beshara.

In addition to their once an hour exercises, the staff at the police station have exchanged their desk chairs for stability balls so they can engage their cores while they're working.

Across campus, Professor Dr. Lashale Pugh has taken Deskercise to another level. For the last year, she's been using her old treadmill as a desk, which has since forced her to either stand or walk for more than half of her workday.

"I try to get in at least 15 to 20 minutes early in the day and then a couple of times during the day I try to do 10 to 15 minutes at a time," said Dr. Pugh.

If you can't bring a treadmill or stability ball to work, Sansone suggests using the stairs over an elevator, doing pushups and calf raises at your desk, even standing while you take a phone call.

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