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Casual Dress = Weight Loss Success
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2/5/2014 1:18:43 PM
My question is, do people move more because they are wearing the casual attire, or are they wearing casual attire because they have a job (like construction work or sales associate) that requires them to remain on their feet and moving. This article says they looked at different types of jobs. They would have to look at the same company and jobs and see if the employees move more on days they are allowed to dress casually for this to show that dressing casually equates to more movement.
Without a doubt, I believe this. My usual attire for work is a suit, dress, or dress pants. As such, I wear A LOT of heels! Come Friday, I wear either my Clarks or my Dexters. Not only do I get more steps in, but they're also at a faster pace.
I agree that the shoes make a big difference in how much moving/walking a woman does. I no longer even look at a shoe that has more than a 1" heel - too uncomfortable and not only do my feet get unhappy - my knees don't like it either any more. Comfortable shoes are out there to be worn for dress or casual and I am always on the lookout for great ones. I like shoes (and have too many!).
i dont work in an office setting but in a landscape/ greenhouse/ nursery and the article makes sense because, i always wore jeans- my whole life. they helped contain the fat. but now that there less to contain i have been wearing those stretch yoga kind of pants and i find it so much easier to do everything. from setting out flats of plants to simply picking up something dropped.
I have to add something. Since getting serious about losing weight, I find that if I dress better (which usually translates to something more dressy), I find myself more motivated to stick to my plan. True, I might not be as physically active at work, but overall, I am motivated to continue to wear prettier clothes which means I have to watch what I eat!
I totally regret wearing heels when I was younger. I thought I had to wear heels because that's what most women were wearing in the office. I did bring tennis shoes to change into for after work when I had to walk to take the bus, etc. However, it's been about 20 years since I last wore heels and my foot still hurts occasionally from where it used to be squished in those heels. Now I definitely move around more at work since I don't work in an office all day, I get to chase students around in my flat shoes, usually tennis shoes or running shoes, or at the worse - dressy flat shoes.
An excellent example of how to manipulate data in order to relate two unrelated statistics. Many have said it: Chances are if you work in a more casually dress environment, it is because you move around more (Like a construction worker vs a secretary). The clothes didn't cause the exercise; they reflected it.
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