Posts Tagged 'fitness'

Squats Get You Subway Tickets in Moscow

Early next year the Winter Olympics are going to be held in Russia and the marketing efforts for them are already in full swing. The city of Moscow in particular is pulling a unique stunt that has never been done before and is accepting a new alternate form of payment to ride on their subway system, squats. In lieu of a fare of 30 rubles (about $0.92) for a single ride you can go a special ticket machine and pay for your ride with 30 squats. Considering that the Moscow subway system has the second highest ridership of any subway system in the world, that’s a whole lot of squats being performed. The goal seems to be to promote fitness in advance of the Olympic Games and that seems to be a pretty good way to do so. I know If I were a Russian who used the Moscow subway for my commute I would abuse the hell out of this every day even if I would only be saving a dollar at a time. I also have to say that I wish that New York’s MTA had fares like Moscow. New York’s fares are almost three times more expensive than Moscow’s and you can’t even do 90 squats to get a ticket either.


The video is all in Russian but you get the idea.

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New York’s Best Running Routes

Last weekend the New York City marathon returned after a one year hiatus following Hurricane Sandy. The grueling race starts in Staten Island and goes the long way around all five boroughs before finally ending in Central Park. The race goes through some of the most beautiful parts of the city with some of the best views you can find. The problem is that you can’t run much of it yourself unless you’re running in the marathon. As an average pedestrian you can’t expect major roadways to shut down for you any time you want to go for a run.

That’s where Leah Serinsky of Fathom comes in. She put together a map of some of the best running routes that you can take advantage of year-round. These areas are mostly cut off from car traffic and also feature some incredible views of the metropolis. They also a feature an extended route for those who can do it and a shorter version for people like me without the endurance of a marathoner. A common theme of these routes is that they’re all along either the Hudson or East Rivers which comes with provides some great perks to a runner. The open space of the river ensures that you always have some great scenery to look at on the other side while the large amount of open water has a moderating effect on the temperature making you run cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter compared to the rest of the city.

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How to Travel Without Wrecking Your Body

Modern transportation is wonderful. It used to take a month for a ship to sail across the Atlantic Ocean and now you can take a flight from New York to London that lasts only 7 hours. But while the speed of transport has gotten faster, the process of traveling has started to take a greater toll on our bodies. A flight or a long drive requires that you stay seated for hours on end and then there’s jetlag which didn’t exist until… well we invented jets. Fortunately, Gizmodo has a great article with suggestions on how we can minimize the negative effects long distance travel can have on our bodies:

Start your travel day well rested – Go to bed early the night before and make sure you get plenty of sleep. Without a good night’s rest any stress that your body feels is going to be magnified. Being sleep deprived will only make you more tired and more stressed.

Choose your luggage carefully – Don’t bring too much with you. Carrying heavy, abnormal, and unnecessary luggage around will only put more stress on your arms and back. Packing light can also save you some money by not having to check a bag.

Wear compression socks– Compression socks will improve blood flow and reduce any swelling and soreness caused from sitting for long periods of time.

Eat right and drink water – Drink enough water and eat plenty of healthy food like fruits and vegetables. Try to avoid the fast food options at the airport unless you want to spend half of your flight in the airplane bathroom.

Sit up – Try to align your back with the back of the seat. Slouching puts a lot of unnecessary stress on your lower back and can lead to back problems down the road.

Stand up if you can – During a long flight you usually have ample opportunity to stand up an stretch your legs. Our bodies aren’t meant to remain in one static position for a long time. I try to get an aisle seat on a flight for exactly this reason.

Exercise at your destination – When you make it to your destination. do some stretching and some light exercise like walking or jogging. Just moving your body will get your blood flowing better and you will likely feel better the next morning.

Get another good night of sleep – This is easier said than done when you factor in jetlag but getting a good night’s sleep will relieve most of the stress your body faced from travel. With that you should be ready to do what you set out to do at your destination feeling good.


I’m pretty sure economy seating violates the eighth amendment.

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America’s Top Ten Fittest Cities

Facebook and Yahoo were recently published a list of what they determined to be the fittest cities in America. They were able to figure this out by determining where the most fitness-related status updates, gym check-ins, and use of fitness apps came from. These may not actually be the fittest cities in the country but they have the most people that love to talk about fitness on the Internet. The list is as follows:

1. Virginia Beach, Virginia
2. Colorado Springs, Colorado
3. Austin, Texas
4. San Antonio, Texas
5. Livingston, New Jersey
6. Portland, Oregon
7. El Paso, Texas
8. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
9. Tacoma, Washington
10. Albuquerque, New Mexico


Virginia Beach: A lovely vacation destination where people love to talk about their gym usage.

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