Ticket machine accepts 30 squats as payment
If you could earn a free fare on public transport just by doing
some exercise, would you?
That's what happened in Russia with the 'squat-to-ride'
initiative. Instead of purchasing a fare, passengers could opt to
pay for their fare by doing 30 squats in under 2 minutes in front
of a special squat sensor. Unfortunately, no count was taken on the
number of free tickets issued but what an amazing initiative to get
people moving! We wonder how many people didn't quite make the 30
in 2 minutes and had to buy their ticket anyway?
Incentive-driven approaches to fighting obesity are happening
all over the world. In Dubai, the government offers people 1 gram
of gold for every 1kg they lose. In Mexico, they have a similar
'squat to ride' initiative. We wonder if the Australian Government
would consider such incentive-based initiatives to get people
Diabetes Queensland Accredited Exercise Physiologist Kathryn
Kirchner says "studies show that financial rewards are an effective
motivation for weight loss in the short term." The best motivation
however, comes from within yourself.
"So instead of relying on others for incentive to get you
moving, perhaps think about the personal benefits you'll receive
from exercise. Write them somewhere visible and read them everyday.
Use this as a reminder to get started, and build up your exercise
slowly", says Kathryn.