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.
I somehow doubt they only polled office workers. Obviously laborers/ construction workers, who would wear probably jeans, t-shirts and steel toed boots would be moving around a lot more than those who wear business attire and normally work at a desk. I'm surprised it's only 400 something steps difference though.
Some jobs require more moving around and thus allow for more casual clothes. I work for a conservative company where casual is not an option and only business casual is allowed. I still wear comfortable shoes, but my work clothes are definitely more dressy than weekend clothes. That being said, as soon as I get home I change into my workout clothes, so I'm comfortable and I'm ready to work out.
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