Modern Living: The Jog Strip

A freezing wind whistled through the wooded area near Zurich last week. Thick snow covered the ground. Despite the weather, a few dozen hardy Swiss persisted in their strange activity. While jogging one after another, they suddenly stopped, did a series of strenuous push-ups—or energetic deep knee bends or vigorous hops into the air —and then resumed jogging.

The joggers were participating in Vita Parcours, the newest Swiss exercise craze. Invented in 1968 by Architect Erwin Weckemann, it consists of a mile-long jogging circuit with 20 designated stops suitable for installation in any convenient patch of parkland. At each of the stopping...

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