This year’s Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, caused quite the stir and controversy around the web with many reports of wolves lurking around the hotels, strange bathroom signs and poor quality accommodation.
But did you know that the Russian government did something positive for the health of the people of Moscow? As a part of a program advertising the Olympics, as well as a campaign trying to get people to be more health-conscious, countless movement detecting sensors were placed all around Moscow’s subway system. They were installed in ticket machines and provided the opportunity of a free ride in exchange for squats. A single subway ticket cost 30 rubles, which meant a free ticket for those who were able to do 30 squats in front of the sensors.
Similar sensors providing rewards in exchange for exercise were also installed all around Moscow ahead of the games and throughout their run.