Money for exercise

19 July 2016

In order to get their citizens active, Mexico, Russia and Dubai have all offered monetary incentives in exchange for exercise.

In 2015, Mexico installed 30 motion-sensitive machines at subway stations that dispensed a free ticket to anyone who completed 10 squats.

One Russian station tried a similar idea before the Sochi Winter Olympics – though the exchange rate there was a less favourable 30 squats per ride.

In 2013, Authorities in Dubai were offering gold in return for weight loss in a scheme to encourage healthier living.

The initiative took place over Ramadan, a month of fasting.

What do you think about government schemes paying people to exercise?

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