vrijdag 29 april 2011

FBFF: Fitness and Fashion

This post will be a bit of a challenge for me. 
Since a fitness routine hasn't been a fix part of my life for a while now.
But fashion on the other hand, that I've known for years.
Bare with me, as I take on this challenge of a post.





Do you keep some kind of fitness routine? Why? 
I did, vigorously in my 20's. And yes, I weighed less.
As you can see in the images below.

Back in those days I used to work out twice a day,
4/5 times a week. Unfortunately I wasn't the healthiest girl.
That is the reason that I'm still searching for the right balance 
in my life. I do miss the "fit" part but I feel alienated from 
the "weigthloss" part. Do you still follow me?
As for some kind of routine, I enjoy visiting flea markets,
strolling for hours to find that one thrift piece. 
Does this count? 

Has working out, maybe training for a marathon or something of that
nature, helped with your own perception of body image?
For me it worked out the opposite direction.
Because of my previous struggle with body image, my strenuous training 
schedule and poor eating habits (if I ate at all), I have a slight aversion to fitness.
Don't get me wrong I'm all about being fit. And the one thing I miss
the most now, is being able to run without having to catch my breath
every single minute. So to keep fit, I swim at my local gym. 


When you are hitting the gym or just going out for a long walk what
do you wear? Is it about functionality or fashion? 
I do think functionality and fashion can go hand in hand.
At least, I try to dress fashionable but in case I need to run, like fast
I must be able to do so.
Thus, no Manolo Blahniks for me ladies. 

The only "heels" I'll wear, are wedges. 
Solid enough to hold my bodacious self.
Handy when I need to catch the tramway,
seeing I'm always running  late. 
So yeah, if I exercise I will color coordinate (I prefer black/white combo),
put on a headband or a beenie
and start sweating on the stationary bike to my favorite tunes. 


Do you feel there is a cultural perception of what you ‘should’ be
doing for your own physical fitness?
In the Netherlands size and weight are intertwined with physical fitness.
Being a certain size/weight is looked upon as healthy. 
When you don't meet to those expectations, the discussion
for your health risks will start. 
In my birthplace (the Caribbean)  you have the same connection between 
your size and physical fitness. The difference is that curvier bodies are
more likely to be accepted as healthy and fit. 
It seems to me as if outer appearance is seen as a condition to 
physical fitness. I'm not an expert, but as I've been on both sides
of the spectrum, I can personally say that judging someone's physical
fitness by just looking at their physique, well it lacks depth.
Health and fitness come in every shape/size.
And so does a fitness routine. For some going to the gym, may work.
For others going by their daily activities is enough routine they need.
I don't believe in the ONE fitness routine.
Let's stay individuals please. 


Dream big… what would be your ultimate fitness goal. 
In my next life I'll do a triathlon.
For now I stick to my passion for window shopping.


Thank you again for being a part of Mode Plus.
Go over to Modly Chic to read what other fabulous FBFF bloggers
had to say about this topic.


For me, I'm off to prepare for Queensday tomorrow.
And stayed tuned for my Madison Plus Citystyle post soon.
Sneak peak on my facebook page :)


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