A workout pays off for the subway tickets in Russia: health and economy go hand-in-hand!
If you were in Russia around the time it hosted Winter Olympics, you would know about the program they initiated at the Vystavochaya Station.
An Olympic official stated that the games are more than the mere international competition. Hence, this initiative would help kick-off the ambition to mingle sports within the daily life of the passengers. Wondering what was this program after all?
Well, the video is all you need to see!
Before you do that, ask yourself this: am I good at squats? If you are, your subway rides from the mentioned station would have been free if you could pull off 30 reps within two minutes. That sounds a lot of work, no? Well, it benefits in a lot of ways: you save the 30 rubles, strengthen your core and become more fit! The cherry on the top is the appreciation and the cheers you get from the fellow passengers and the bystanders. Are you thinking how exactly they keep track of the squats you do? The ticket machine is equipped with the sensor which detects the squats you perform – do it correctly and it is counted as one, do it wrong and you are a step closer to paying the fare in monetary terms.
If you are thinking that fewer people would have gotten free tickets, you are certainly wrong. As you see the video, you will realize just how enthusiastic people were when offered a free ticket in return of 30 squats – an exercise which might seem tiresome to perform! Maybe people of Moscow lead a healthy life, full of energizing workouts already and so, a handful of free tickets were issued, haha.
What the Russian Olympic Committee did makes a lot of sense. They took a step beyond the international competition and introduced the idea more practically with this system.
After you watch the video, you will realize just how effective it can be in the long run!
(Apparently this wasn’t very good for the subway economics and was only there for a couple weeks)