Often underestimated and overlooked, although often seen. Our skin obviously seems to be overlooked! For me, it is one of the most fascinating organs of our bodies – a masterpiece of the universe. It is one of the most important boundaries and thresholds between the inside and outside body, between the individual and society. However, it is not a fixed, hard boundary, but an adaptable and permeable one. The skin is not only the largest organ of the human body, but also the heaviest. It breathes air and absorbs and releases moisture.

The skin with its different skin layers is simply a miracle!

Switzerland is WONDER-full – where in the world can you find so many wonderful things in such a small space (not so small, if you flatten the relief)? Switzerland is a unique country with many different facets that contribute to its overall charm and character. Where else in the world can you find so much water diversity (the blue gold of Switzerland or the water castle of Europe) in an area of around 41,000 km2? Rivers and lakes characterize Switzerland, as do mountains and hills. The two triple watersheds of Europe are unparalleled. One lies on the border between the three cantons of Uri, Valais, and Ticino, the other on the Lunghin Pass in the canton of Graubünden. They give birth to long European rivers, namely the Reuss → Rhine, the Ticino → Po, the Inn → Danube, and the Rhone.

The geographical diversity of Switzerland is impressive. The Central Plateau is bordered from southwest to northeast by the Jura range of hills and the main Alpine ridge. Only the northernmost area, Basel-Stadt, and the southernmost area in Switzerland, southern Ticino, lie outside these two striking rock formations. There is everything from glaciers (I call it the white gold of Switzerland) with their perceived northern temperatures to a southern Mediterranean climate feeling. Even in a relatively small canton, like the canton of Uri, there are countless lakes, mountains, and valleys that will make your heart beat faster.

48 of the 82 4,000-metre peaks in the Alps are in Switzerland (an Alpine record), more than 40 of them in the canton of Valais, with the Dufourspitze in the Monte Rosa massif being the highest peak at 4,634 m – WoW!

The linguistic diversity is also impressive. With four main languages and numerous dialects, there is something for everyone. The four seasons each show their impressive side and let the Swiss landscape to blossom. Yes Switzerland, you are so BEAUTY-full!

There are many things an employer / employee can do to create a more pleasant working environment. A standing desk is one of the best ways to support employee health and wellbeing in the workplace. In my opinion, it is absolutely key for a good work environment, particularly if you work mostly in a sitting position at a desk. Although there may be some debate about the exact health benefits, I believe that regular use of a standing desk definitely has a positive impact on overall health and productivity.

For me, the main benefits of a standing desk are the following:

  • Opens up the whole body and improves posture.
  • Helps strengthen particularly core, leg (especially anterior and posterior thigh muscles), ankle and foot muscles.
  • Reduces back pain.
  • Helps with wrist position.
  • Keeps circulation going.
  • Boosts focus and mood.
  • Incentivizes other movements and provides help for full body rotation.

If you are thinking of making a change in the office, good standing desks are a simple way forward! For me, a standing desk is one of the key tools – indispensable!

I’m a passionate runner and hiker. For me, my feet are sacred. They are an integral part of my body, connecting me to the earth. I had given them special attention since I started running, especially since I began wearing barefoot shoes throughout the day in 2019.
Vivo barefoot shoes are my preferred shoes, as they give me several benefits, which include:

  • Better control of foot position when it strikes the ground, improved foot mechanics, and better mechanics of the hips, knees, and core thanks to sensory feedback
  • Improvements in balance, proprioception, and body awareness –> sensitisation of the body
  • Maintaining appropriate range of motion in foot and ankle joints and providing adequate strength and stability within muscles and ligaments, which support the lower back region
  • Thanks to the extra space they offer relief from improperly fitting shoes, which may cause bunions, hammertoes, or other foot deformities
  • Stronger foot and leg muscles, which support the lower back region

It can be broken down to four main specifications of the shoe:

  1. Thin sole of approximately 3mm
  2. No heel lift
  3. Extra space for the toes
  4. Flexibility and lightness

Through the help of calisthenics, which is so natural and essential to us human beings, we develop stronger muscles.

But as life reminds us, nothing comes easy. Though it may seem simple, it is never easy, and we have to take daily action on the simple things too, which seem so obvious that we often need to remember to do it, yet they are so central to our health.

Paying attention to your feet (shoes!) is one of the major steps towards a more balanced and healthier life.
Happy feet indeed! 👣

29.10.2023 – Another trail – another highlight between alpine lakes and some of the highest alpine mountains such as Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. In other words, in-between 500m asl and around 4’000m asl. The atmosphere was, as so often, special on the Gantrisch. Autumn showed itself in its full bloom.

The trail started on the Wasserscheidi of the Gantrisch Nature Park and ended after a short detour on the Stockhorn at the middle station Chrindi. Some of the prominent points along the trail were: BürgleGantrisch – Nüeneflue – Homad, and Stockhorn. A distinctive alpine mountain range.

I can only recommend the trail. It is a good trail for half a day – enJOY!

12/13/14.10.2023 – Three golden days – This golden fall season is just breathtaking. The dance of the trees, of the colours and animals – Wooooaaaah!

Some high-lights: Val Trupchun, Val Müschauns, Fuorcla Val Sassa, Val Sassa, Val Cluozza, Zernez

8.10.2023 – Another 3’000m asl hike – Arpelistock. The landscape looks very special, partly like Mars and Moon ;-). Furthermore, you will see wild animals from the Himalayas – the Yaks. It was so beautiful and with a golden finish at the Lake Louenen – Just WoW!

2.10.2023 – This is a one-day hike that has a lot to reveal. The Gotthard massif is home to the highest triple continental divide in Europe, 3’025m asl. At this point, precipitation separates into three major rivers: the Rhine, the Rhone and the Po.

This was my trail: Villa Bedretto (Val Bedretto) – Passo di CavannaRonggergrat Hüenderstock Witenwasserenstock – Rotondohütte SAC – Witenwasseren – Realp

It was a fabulous hike – 1 day hike felt like 1 week holiday. Thank you so so much!

30.9.2023 – Via Ferrata mixed with hiking. The atmoshpere was brilliant. Sulzfluh is one of the beautiful corners of Switzerland, on the border with Austria. These karrenfelds are amazing!

From Partnun to Partnun lake and then up to Sulzfluh and then via Tilisunahütte ÖAV back to Partnun

24-25.9.2023 – Crossing the cantons of Uri, Ticino and Grisons was an awe-inspiring adventure. Nothing compares with this tough and rough environment. So many beautiful pristine Alpine lakes and you feel you standing at the source of something great. The Gotthard Massif is a living source. You are at the source of four rivers: the Rhine, Reuss, Ticino and Rhone. Here history was and is made.

When you cross the canton of Ticino from Uri, you smell the Southern scent. The four cantons fit together like a puzzle. My overwhelming route was:

1st day: Realp – Gatscholalücke/Passo d’Orsirora – Laghi d’Orsirora – Passo del San Gottardo – Lago dell Sella – Giübin Vermigelhütte

2nd day: Vermigelhütte Pass MaighelsPasso BornengoValletta del Mottone – Cappanna Cadlimo CAS – Lago Scuro – Lago di Tom – Lago Ritom – Piora

One of my most beautiful 2-day hikes ever! Thank you Uri, Ticino and Graubünden!