Which nations love working out and which of them hates/has to be forced into doing it?
sweden: loves it. he likes taking care of himself and doing things that are productive. working out is an act of self-care and pampering to him. he sort of misses eras that got the blood pumping more commonly; everything is so...stationary, these days.
norway: also likes it. similar to berwald, he misses feeling his heart pound, misses the ache of his muscles after doing something strenuous, and working up a nasty sweat.
france: hates it. it’s sweaty and also a waste of time. what’s his mind supposed to do while he runs or lifts or whatever? ugh. don’t even mention it to him.
america: also hates it. he does it and is good at it, but all the reasons he does it are the wrong ones and don’t make him happy. to keep his figure? that means shouldering the weight of his body image issues on his daily five mile run. to win? that means that every game he loses, even during intermural matches makes him unhappy. it’s a lot of emotional pressure for one activity.
turkey: hates it. now it just feels like a waste of time; he’s not actually doing anything with his body, other than working out just for the sake of keeping it lean and sculpted. he can remember a day when people scrabbled to keep whatever calories they could. ugh.
greece: loves working out. an idle body makes for an idle mind, and his mind is anything but. he feels his brain runs smoother when he works out. he loves the strain and release of his body, the way he feels so fluid and vivid and alive.
russia: loves it. no pain, no gain. ivan loves feeling like he’s conquering and winning; every completed workout makes him feel like that. he likes feeling formidable and powerful.
denmark: hates it. it just feels so useless. don’t get him wrong, he’s proud of his body, but he remembers a day when he could maintain that body from fighting and laboring -- things with an end goal and purpose. lifting weights just to “get swole?” it feels performative, the prizes, less honestly won.
iceland: hates it because he also feels it’s performative. he also feels like he has better things to do and is bad at it. it reminds him of his insecurity regarding being too skinny -- no matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to put on muscle mass.
belarus: loves it. she does ballet and kickboxing for funsies (and because she’s great at it.) she loves physical challenges because they’re straight forward and make sense. she thinks it’s all a matter of will power, which she has plenty of.
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