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Casual Dress = Weight Loss Success

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A recent study from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse looked at the relationship between clothing and physical activity while at work. Researchers studied 53 people in a variety of professions and tracked both their daily activity (measured by pedometers) and how casually or professionally dressed they were.

Results showed that people took an average of 491 more steps each day if they wore casual clothing to work. That means that just by dressing comfortably, study subjects increased their daily calorie burns by eight percent!

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Take advantage of your company's casual Friday or business-casual dress code. The easiest way to increase comfort, even in a polished-professional environment, is to wear practical shoes. Dress for comfort and you’ll be more likely to walk to a co-worker's desk, take the stairs…even walk the dog when you get home (rather than just letting him out in the backyard). No casual days at work? Have your own casual evenings and weekends. Or better yet, leave a copy of this study on your boss's desk.
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A certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with a bachelor's degree in health education, Nicole loves living a healthy and fit lifestyle and helping others do the same. Nicole was formerly SparkPeople's fitness expert and editor-in-chief, known on the site as "Coach Nicole." Make sure to explore more of her articles and blog posts.

Member Comments

  • I would say that correlation does not equal causation. I am a technician. If I wear a business suit to work, I cannot do my work, which is very active. I need to wear jeans and comfortable clothing. So, my work is more active, I wear more casual clothing. Meanwhile, my coworkers who sit behind desks wear less casual clothing and move less, because they are chained to their desks.

    - 3/15/2015 11:54:33 PM
  • I often think about what I want to do, as far as exercise goes, and dress accordingly. If I even might do some strength or stretch or aerobic workouts at home, I opt for stretchy pants and not my jeans. Then I am one step farther along when the day starts at home. - 1/25/2015 2:07:11 PM
  • Makes me really think I'll wear my running shoes even if I get a non-freelance job. (I usually wear comfy shoes to deal with bussing). - 10/7/2014 1:53:16 PM
  • I find it interesting that the participants only got a little over 6000 steps. I know when I wear my pedometer, I feel really weird if I don't get at least 8000 in by the end of the day... - 4/1/2014 2:12:55 PM
  • JD-SARKAR1
    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. - 2/5/2014 1:18:43 PM
  • I agree! For women I feel it has a lot to do with the shoes! - 2/5/2014 11:10:54 AM
  • 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. - 2/5/2014 8:49:45 AM
  • I can only imagine how leaving this article on a bosses desk would go over. LOL - 9/12/2013 9:01:01 PM
  • Interesting - 9/1/2013 7:03:27 AM
  • I have a sedentary office job. I definitely notice I get more steps in when I wear flat comfortable shoes. - 8/28/2013 9:54:58 AM
  • 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!). - 1/25/2013 9:51:08 AM
  • I agree... it is the shoes! - 9/27/2012 9:07:45 PM
  • Its the shoes: I can barely walk in fancy dress shoes, but I can book it in sneakers. - 9/27/2012 8:58:46 PM
  • 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. - 9/27/2012 8:09:46 PM
  • SP_COACH_NANCY
    Very interesting, but it makes sense! - 9/27/2012 6:38:25 PM

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