How do you start someone to take a new, different action every day in relation to their health and fitness? Someone who generally doesn’t want to... or at least doesn’t see the need to put out the effort? Is it even possible?
Did you see last month Moscow put in a machine to replace subway fare with 30 squats? Nothing like a little combination of technology and financial incentive... after all, some put saving money as their top priority, even above health. And 30 squats to save money is no big deal, right? Well, for someone doing nothing but working and sitting, 30 squats is significant. In fact, done every day, that’s over 10,000 squats a year... which is a solid step above sedentary.
Olympic gymnast Yelena Zamolodchikova shows off how to use the machine, which gives commuters a free one-way ticket if they complete 30 squats in two minutes.
Their purpose is to "add elements of sport into daily life", while promoting the Olympic Games. While they’re not doing it to necessarily change the world and make individual people healthier, it got me thinking about what is, in fact, possible in today’s world by combining technology, innovation, and a little... well.. bribery. And yes, it may be easier to accomplish when you can hijack a subway entry, but how can you enlist someone into adding an activity to their routine. What if you started with a friend or a family member... and then they got someone else to do it too? One day you wake up and it has become a new workplace tradition... So what have you done to add elements of sport into the daily life of those around you?
AMReP in 10 minutes- 1200m Run
- 30 no jump burpees
- max box jumps