Friday, April 5, 2013
Bellefleur Lingerie Book Club: All You Need to Be Impossibly French by Helena Frith Powell. Discussion One
Welcome to the Bellefleur Book Club! With every book, we'd like to post a few thoughts and questions we have been contemplating here at the shop. Please share your own thoughts and feelings on this forum. Each book will span over a two months and over the course of those two we will post 4 discussion questions. So here we go....
In Chapter Two, Zen Exercise, the topic of exercise is raised. In several cases the idea is implemented that American women exercise and French women move. Here is a bit from Sylvie, one of Helena's French friends from Montpellier:
"I just move," she tells me. "If it's a choice between stairs and life, I take the stairs. I get up earlier in the morning so I can cycle to work instead of driving. Moving is part of my everyday life."
Several women in the book say that their idea of exercise includes chasing after their children, cycling, shopping, and even sex. Is this "physical culture" the secret to why most French women stay so fit and slim? Maybe so.
What do you think of the difference between the way French and American women diet and exercise? We would love to hear your thoughts....xx.