Do 30 Air Squats And Get A Free Subway Ride In Moscow

Russia is pulling out all the stops for the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics, but they’ve now taken it to another level. Apparently, having fit athletes to represent the country isn’t enough. In order to encourage Russian citizens to get in better shape, the government has come up with an unusual incentive: commuters in Moscow will receive a free subway ticket, which costs 30 rubles or $0.92 USD, if they can perform 30 air squats in front of special automated transit machines that can tell if you’re cheating.

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The squat machines are simple, smart, and fun. They work the body, wake up the mind, and possibly tickle the soul, if you’re up for a good laugh in the process. It would be great if other international cities followed Russia’s example and installed squat-detecting machines as part of their public transit systems because any way of working physical activity into one’s daily schedule is a smart idea.

5 Steps To Calm Your Mind and Increase Creativity

For anyone who ‘creates’ for a living, it’s hard to imagine anything more fabulous than having a reliable method to generate creativity. Here is Blake’s 5-step plan to start calming your brain.

Calm in Chaos

1. Do it early in the morning.

It is easiest to stay calm when your brain isn’t completely awake and the sensory distraction of the day has not yet begun. Unless you’re a meditation expert, trying to still your mind in the middle of the day can be very challenging.

2. Create a solitary, comfortable setting that’s inviting.

Calming your brain requires you to be alone so that you can invite individual inspiration. Choose a space carefully, preferably one that’s away from distracting noises or sights. Put a soft chair in a corner with a warm blanket to keep you cozy while you sit and focus on calming your brain.

3. Cleanse your energy.

Rub your hands together vigorously until you feel heat, then place them on your temples and drag your palms down your cheeks. Shake your hands as if air-drying them, and repeat this two more times. Do the same for your forehead three times, and then cross your arms and brush your hands over the opposite shoulders and upper arms three times.

4. Relax, breathe, and sigh.

Always sit upright to prevent falling asleep. With your feet on the floor, breathe deeply and exhale with an audible sigh, visualizing the breath filling your body. Repeat until your entire body feels deeply relaxed.

5. Distract your left (logical) brain to maintain a blank slate.

Follow the path of your breathing for 10-15 minutes, while pushing unrelated thoughts out of your mind. This is tough to do, but keep practicing. The purpose is to still the part of the brain that inhibits creativity and spontaneity.