Swiss Sunday & Friend Friday

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Photo Credit - my friend Teri =)

I'm not sure why I'm posting all these random photos lately but here you go! I was sitting with my friend in Old Town yesterday and all of a sudden we hear marching band music, yelling, etc - like a parade. But then the riot police showed up next to our tables and we realized it was a protest! To have a protest in Switzerland, you first get permission from the police and then they show up with all of this stuff automatically - so nothing huge was happening but it was interesting to see!  I take that back, somehow mark and his friend got in the middle of a bunch of guys dressed in black chasing these other guys when they were riding through on their mountain bikes...the details are fuzzy.

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And now since I failed to do this on Friday, I'm hooking up with the Friend Friday topic (from the Fashion Beauty Friend Friday group) hosted at Modly Chic which is about Fitness!

1. Do you keep some kind of fitness routine? Why? 

I do - I try to run at least every other day and would ideally like to do more but it usually never happens =) I keep it because it's the only way that I can feel confident in my skin. Just eating right doesn't do it for me.

2. Has working out, maybe training for a marathon or something of that nature, helped with your own perception of body image?

I think so - I think that the achievement and high that I feel from a really great run and running consistently cancels out any doubts about how I look because I feel great and that has become most important.

3. When you are hitting the gym or going for a hike, what do you wear? Is it about functionality or fashion? 

If I'm going to be honest here, if I had the choice between looking awesome or functionality I'd go for looking awesome. But, that being said, I do try to find the best of both worlds because those ugly mesh wicking shirts actually make a huge difference on long runs so I've been stealing marks and resigning myself to finally buying some (finally). But usually I wear black leggings and baggy v-neck shirts and tank tops for hot hot days

4. Do you feel there is a cultural perception about what you "should" be doing for your own physical fitness?

This is an interesting question to me because I think Switzerland is different from the US in this aspect. In the US I think that physical fitness is not that important as long as you look good. But, in Switzerland - I think people respect physical fitness a lot more. I've always been a runner but moving here has made even me more conscious of my fitness level and how it's not really up to par. Sure, I can go run long distances but can I hike up a billion meter mountain as effortlessly as the 70 year old swiss man that just blew past me? Nope. In the US I worked out to maintain my body and to feel good - here I train to be able to keep up with our friends on hikes!

5. Dream big, what would be your ultimate fitness goal?

To be able to hang with Mark and his friends mountain biking. They are insane boys though, so it will never ever happen. And to run another half which I'm working on!


Thanks for the great questions Katy - to see everyone else's entries visit Modly Chic.




39 comments:

Tracey said...

Well that's an unexpected kind of thing to happen when you're just sitting around. Wow!

PS. I liked reading your fitness answers. It's something I need to take more seriously I think (I've been a bit lazy of late).

xx

And So I Whisper said...

Feeling good to me is the main goal about exercising, especially when you start feeling that your body is not the same anymore. My thing is yog nd I enjoy it very much... everyday.
hope you are having a fab Sunday afternoon!

ivy's closet said...

Interesting perspective on fitness there. I do think fitness is evolving here because of the gas prices. More people on bikes, as of late.

Cool interview.

ellie said...

That's kind of scary about the riot.

Wow, about running everyday. Very interesting Q & A.

Bella Bheag said...

Running every day? Last time I ran was for a train! I tripped, fell and was laid flat out, spreadeagled, on my own, on a crowded platform - at 8.30 am! Not a good look!!

Buckeroomama said...

I know what you mean about being left in the dust by these senior citizens as they hike up the mountains! I went on a hike with my mom once and I was huffing and puffing, while a group of little old ladies (at LEAST in their 70s!) just breezed past me!

chaoskontrolowany said...

Nice photos!

a woman's right to shoes said...

I really like these photos, and the interview was great!

{Selma} Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

I saw them too, from the Suite looking down onto the city! And luckily this one was one they got a permit for - usually they don't have one and still do it, and the police is still ready. I've seen worse in the city, but I was lucky I wasn't "near" it, although well...that's another thing. Not something I want to mention in a comment. ;)

Monique said...

Wow that protest looked pretty wild.

I enjoyed reading your fitness q&a. Good for you for running regularly...mountain biking is pretty scary but awesome

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

haha those photos are random but hey, isn't that life? :)

have a good rest of your weekend, friend!

Josie said...

I love your take on American v. Swiss perceptions of fitness -- so interesting!
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

Anna Walker said...

Pimp your society?! Random! :D
I like running too! You should join DailyMile and we can be buddies! The running high is amazing! Black leggings are nice! I LOVE the v neck shirts at the gym, any other kind and I feel like I'm constantly pulling at my neck. I honestly think that you should talk more about the Swiss V. US concept of exercise [or at least talk to me more about it] :D

http://annawalker1992.blogspot.com/

Metropolitan Mum said...

Yes, Switzerland is very funny with all its organised chaos protests. It's like 'ok, let's have a revolution, but let's tell everyone first, even the opponents, so everybody can plan ahead.' :-)))

Ashley said...

haha, I'm not huge on running...I get bored too easily. Dancing by far is the best workout for me, because I can go for hours :)

Elisa said...

I like Q & A aboutg fitness.
It was sort of similar when we lived in Croatia. There was not one single person overweight, maybe because they walk everywhere,or because there aren't many fast food places or maybe because they spend great times outdoors (bumming at the beach, or swimming) or simply put by one of my friends, "here people would rather spend their money looking good than buying groceries!"

ps (before we moved to Croatia we lived in colorado so we wanted to return to live there again, we were waiting for hubby to reunite with us, so Beli and I stayed in Iowa with my family. We've had several job interviews in Colorado but nothing concrete, hoping something comes up soon, luckily we found a fully furnished home to rent.)

Charlotte said...

In Switzerland, you WOULD need police permission to protest. Kind of takes all the fun out of it, huh? ;)

I know what you mean about hikers. I love hiking, one of my favorite things to do. But I remember getting shown up a lot. Especially by this Eastern European couple who both had a baby/toddler strapped to themselves. Alright, I'll be sitting over here on the bench now...

Eva @ Four Leaf Clover said...

I love your interviews so much! In the winter, I saw a guy in shorts running and that's when I realized how dedicated they are here, ha! I am no where near as fit as so many people here... all of these hills on bike, MY GOODNESS! When will I ever be able to do it?! Hah!

P.S. LOVE your heading! :) I think it's my favorite, yet!

Stephany said...

Ahh...your fitness answers made me feel bad. I have totally fallen off the exercise wagon in the past few weeks. I need to get serious again!

Happy Sunday!

Kavery said...

That's so Swiss! Asking for permission to riot. Re:the Royal wedding, even my most cynical friends ended up watching at least a part of it!

Sarah said...

Aw, SO glad to see your blog back in action. :)

I really liked reading these answers! Very legit responses. Interesting to see the comparison between Switzerland's standards and the States'!!

Marisa said...

I totally agree, working out always makes me feel great! I don't even weigh myself because I don't really even care. As long as I run consistently I feel awesome! I wish I could be a mountain biker too. Maybe someday when i'm braver...;)

Gracie said...

That's an interesting thing to see while you are just sitting and minding your own business.

And the fitness questions are interesting. I like seeing your perspective on how different countries view fitness.

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

I am so glad your blog is still here, it disappeared for a little while! Phew!
Haha that is such a random thing to happen, what a cool thing to see :) I wish I had your attitude to fitness, I'm hopeless.

Pop Champagne said...

I like the Q&A, eating healthy is good but not enough for me either, I hate going to the gym but after you work out you just feel so much better!

Fashion Cappuccino said...

I enjoyed reading the fitness answers! Before I used to never exercise and now, I'm obssessed with it. I like to dance a lot so I usually crank out loud music and do a lot of moving and use all my muscles. It's fun and doesn't feel like working at all :-) xoxoxoo

styleforlife said...

LOVE! We need to partner up on a giveaway.
Its time. lol.
XXXXXXX to you! Em

Kelle Dame said...

I would have been frightened by the riot and then my husband would have yelled at me for staring. I do that. A lot. He always has to snap me out of it :)
I like yoga because I can do it at home in my jammies!
Kelle
xx

à la Modest said...

I loved this line: "if I had the choice between looking awesome or functionality I'd go for looking awesome."

Fitness and looking great definitely go hand in hand because both of those things individually make you feel confident. So, combining the two together gives you an instant high!

Sadly, I do prefer looking awesome too. I just need the fitness to back that up!

Diana Mieczan said...

That is such a great post. My Balazs runs too and he totally loves it...Somhow Im more of a swimming type:) Have a lovely day, sweetie

Leia said...

You are so inspiring to me as a runner! I'm only a novice but 'knowing' experienced runners like you keeps me motivated to push myself even further :)

Leia

andrea despot said...

you're awesome:

"I think that the achievement and high that I feel from a really great run and running consistently cancels out any doubts about how I look because I feel great and that has become most important."

this couldn't be more true! i, unfortunately, don't exercise regularly or even eat that healthy. i grew up being very active and eating right because of my parents but my sweet tooth has gotten the better of me and i've gotten in the habit of being lazy. i constantly work to change it but then i put it off.

i have a love/hate relationship with my body. i'm not fat, but i'm curvy and not very toned. sean has definitely helped me in the self-esteem department, always saying how beautiful i am and it really makes me think that i am. so i'm happy with my body, i just want to be more toned and more healthy.

i actually just started some changes this weekend, and i really want to stick with it! (why is it so hard?)

anyway, i really admire that you run! i used to run cross country in high school so when i say i "admire" you it definitely comes from personal experience. i know how amazing running is and how hard it can be to keep doing. so, go you!!

Nikki said...

I wish I were a runner. Not in the cards. I like sitting down sports like yoga. But I do miss dancing!

livingeasylovingfree.com said...

Love this post, I totally agree I started running about 3yrs ago it took me about a year to get the hang of it & enjoy it but now I can;t imagine my life with out it. There are times (like winter) where I have to take long breaks away from it but I seriously notice the difference. Running makes me feel good, when your in shape you feel better, when you feel better you work better it all comes full circle x

BlackLOG said...

To have a protest in Switzerland, you first get permission from the police and then they show up with all of this stuff automatically
It all sounds way too organised to me (I should know as the organiser of possibly the worst ever Blog competition). I can image Swiss anarchists queuing up to request permission to hold a protest march

Jenny said...

A few things:

1. I really want to visit Switzerland (even though you just told us about a protest, haha)

2. I am intrigued by your story. Have you lived in the US before? I tried reading your about page but it didn't seem to be working! :)

Chuzai Living said...

What an interesting post! We have protests here (in Jakarta) quite frequently and it can be a bit tense, but in Switzerland, it looks so safe! That must've been a surprise! I enjoyed reading about your answers to the questions because I always want to encourage myself to exercise more. I do feel good after I run, but I am not a good runner and I cannot run fast. It's interesting to learn that in Switzerland you exercise to keep up with your friends when hiking! I will be so out of breath. I realized I need to move to Switzerland! :0)

Molly said...

Wait? You get permission to protest? And the police show up immediately? How efficient!!!

mienkintoshfairie said...

I like your fitness answers, makes me think a bit...

 

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