For those of us who are broke as a joke, but still insist on going out to eat instead of making ourselves food, this one’s for you. Run For Your Bun, a pop-up café in London, wants to give you food without having to hand over your hard-earned cash. The catch? They only accept exercise as payment.
Set up by UK-based gym David Lloyd Clubs, Run For Your Bun will be the first café in the world to accept exercise as payment instead of cash. According to the press release, the move is a means to “encourage sedentary office workers to be more active.”
So how does it work? Patrons will be able to choose a free lunch after first completing a six-minute “micro workout” with the help of a personal trainer. The workout consists of six minutes of high-intensity interval training, including one minute on a rowing machine, one minute on a spin bike and one minute on a treadmill. After the machines are done, customers are to complete a minute of sit-ups, bodyweight squats and lunges. So yeah, you really gotta work for your food.
Despite what it looks like, the cafe insists that their motives aren’t “in any way about encouraging people to ‘cancel out’ calories through exercise,” insisting that the exercise only burns off “a fraction of the calories” you would consume in one of their meals, anyway.
Frankly, I’m not buying it. Is it just me? Sound off in the comments below and tell us what you think about their payment method.