Vladimir Putin already made our list of the 10 Fittest Heads of State, but he has now taken it one step further by encouraging his citizens to be healthier! In preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and thus to get the Russians thinking fitness, the Russian Olympics Committee and the City of Moscow have instituted this: Do 30 squats and you’ll waive the 30-ruble subway fee.
No cheating, either! You must do the squats in front of a specially designed machine that lets you know if you’re doing them correctly. In other words, your knees must be over your ankles and most of your weight needs to be on the balls of your feet.
The Olympic committee is also instituting other ideas to make the citizens of Russia healthier: Exercise bands will take the place of handles hanging on buses and bikes that create electricity can charge a cell phone.
Readers: How could the US government be more proactive in promoting it’s citizens’ health?