Free train fare for riders who do 30 squats in front of the ticket machine

November 14, 2013 | By Rob Toledo | 1 comment

How would you encourage the citizens of your city to exercise more?

Perhaps you could build more bike lanes or walking trails. Maybe public parks with exercise equipment?

Well in Russia, at the Vystavochnaya train station, there are now machines that accept a short workout as a form of payment. So in lieu of having to break out the change to purchase a ticket, citizens have the option to do 30 squats in front of the ticket booth to pay their fare.

The video below shows the machine, as well as train commuters, in action in this innovative way to encourage more physical activity:

These machines are also being used to promote the Winter Olympics in Russia, coming February 2014.

Would you do 30 squats for a free train ticket?

(via Reddit)

Rob Toledo

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  1. Kim R. says:

    Makes me smile because we have worked with kids’ camps in Ukraine for the last 7 years, and squats are a common sight around camp as Ukrainian leaders help little boys “think” about what they’ve been doing by having them do squats. It’s nothing to turn the corner and find three little boys bobbing up and down for one transgression or another. 30? Ha! That’s nothing for them! For a grivna? I’d have little ones fighting for the chance.

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