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Squat for the Subway

November 15, 2013 1 min read

I am ALLLL about promoting fitness and health in society.  In order to promote the 2014 Olympics and exercise in general, Moscow's subway station has installed a very high tech ticket machine that ONLY accepts exercises in exchange for a ticket. Why hasn't American gotten up on this! (just say it, because we're lazy).
Moscow city officials and the Russian Olympic Committee are allowing subway riders to pay 30 squats instead of 30 rubles (about 92 cents) for a trip on the train.
"We wanted to show that the Olympic Games is not just an international competition that people watch on TV, but that it is also about getting everyone involved in a sporting lifestyle," Alexander Zhukov, president of the Russian Olympic Committee, said to Russian state news wire RIA-Novosti, according to the Wall Street Journal.
I am still unaware if this is optional or if it's the only way of passage.  I think the idea around it is amazing! Of course I have questions - What happens if an elderly person is trying to ride the train, are they not allowed to purchase a ticket? I'm sure there are options available, but I have yet to confirm. The goal is to add elements of sport into daily life - which I absolutely love love love and support!
What are your thoughts on this attempt to promote fitness in society? 

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