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How To Work Out Without Really Trying: Exercise in Paris

by Tory Hoen
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Tory Hoen

After attending Brown University and spending two years in New York, Tory bought a one-way ticket to Paris to pursue her dream of becoming a writer (and of drinking wine at lunch). During her time in the City of Light, she chronicled the euphoric highs and the laughable lows of ex-pat life on her blog, A Moveable Beast. Though she's now based in New York, she travels frequently to Montreal and Brazil, and she'll use just about any excuse to jet to Paris ("I ran out of fleur de sel"). A regular contributor to Hip Paris, Tory also writes for New York Magazine, Time Out New York, and she is a co-author of's Guide To Life After College. View Tory Hoen's Website

16 comments on “How To Work Out Without Really Trying: Exercise in Paris

During my visits at the gym I noticed that most girls spend more time on their phone (If you can still have a conversation, you are not working out hard enough)or hardly moving (no sweat) while reading ELLE.. that being said,lots of people are jogging and rollerblading now!

Love it! great piece, totally true!

Since moving to France, I’ve decided a gym is far too expensive and tell myself that four flights of stairs to my apartment every day is exercise. Right?!

Like Phoebe, I’m am a Francophile, but I would pay big money to see a French girl take up running – too funny!

Like Phoebe, I’m a total Francophile, but I would pay big money to see a French girl take up running – too funny!

Karin (an alien parisienne)

Fun post.

I have to echo Sweet Freak — up in the Buttes Chaumont before 10 am there are HOT pompiers jogging! Made the one time I was up and walking through the park at that time a really nice experience. 😉

That pic of the girl jogging next to the Canal St Martin is freaking me out. I keep expecting her to trip and fall in. Why in the heck is she so *close*?

When le French boyfriend complained about his weight, I suggested that he might want to try a sport, such as tennis. “I do sports,” he said. “Walking is a sport. “

My motto also. If it’s hard, and causes sweating, why do it?

Yeah, they are naturally great looking people.

Two things worth pointing out:

1) 98% of the runners in the Tuileries are pompiers. It’s a job requirement!

2) Don’t you think the French don’t have to exercise?? They’re all skinny freaks by nature. Totally unfair.

It’s so funny, I was at my fancy gym this morning and, for the first time, noticed one of those little mechanisms outside the main door that collects cigarette butts. As unserious as the French are about exercising, they are serious about smoking! 🙂

This post reduced me to tears. Hilarious. Thank you.

Positively hilarious. I’m a Francophile by any means, but these wisecracks on French life are SO funny…love these posts!

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