Friday, September 23, 2011
I think this is my favorite Spark article:
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse found that, on average, people who wore casual clothes to work actually walked almost 500 more steps (at work) than those in "professional" clothing.
Think about it - are you in a suit today? Dress shoes? Do you feel like getting up and walking over to the front of your workplace to check on something, versus calling to the front? Do you feel like running up and down the stairs to get in some extra cardio? Probably not.
Today I'm in jeans, with a white designer top. Pink sandals. I'm an art teacher, so I can get away with this. I'm not a top executive, I'm not meeting with clients. I'm going to be showing 7th and 8th graders how to paint with tempera today. As I said, I can get away with it.
But when I WAS an executive in educational research and development (which is extremely boring stuff, by the way), I DID wear suits. Or skirts/dresses with coordinating jackets. I've never quite managed heels, however, so I wore flats or clogs or boots. So that when I had a meeting with educators across town, I could walk, instead of driving or taking a taxi. I tried to always walk up and down the three flights of stairs to our office. We were located on a university campus, so there were many opportunities to walk to get information, versus calling for information. I think I was mentally in jeans, even when wearing a little aqua wool suit.
So - it's dress-down Friday. Are you thinking fit, or fast? Are you sneaking in extra steps, or going for easy? Is your brain in jeans, even if your body isn't?
Get up and MOVE! It's FRIDAY!!!!!!!