Get ready to drop down and give 30 squats if you want to ride the Moscow metro.
In an effort to promote both the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi
and physical fitness, 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.
Riders perform the squats in front of a
special machine which can tell if the person is in the correct position.
The machine is located right next to the electronic vending machines at
a station in western Moscow.
"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.
The task isn't so simple, according to some people who dared to try it out.
"It was hard at first but I managed it,"
Lyudmila, a young woman who tried out the machine, told AFP. "Two
minutes is enough time."
The Russian Olympic Committee has been
offering several physical challenges to the public in order to promote a
healthier lifestyle, AFP reported. Other events have included turning
handles hanging on buses into exercise bands and providing bikes that
can create electricity to charge cell phones. The goal is to "add
elements of sport into daily life."
The option for squat payment will be available throughout the month of November.