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Dress-down Friday! Are you in jeans??

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!!!!!!!
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    My brain is in jeans . . . .love that image . . .
    2402 days ago
    No dress-down days for me. Except days off. I'm wearing flat dress shoes, a skirt and summery sweater today. I do keep sneakers at my desk for walks with my work friends but I probably won't be putting them on with my skirt today. I just can't bring myself to do that.
    2402 days ago
    I am a chemistry professor and am on my feet most of the day and around chemicals that could destroy nice clothes, so I tend to wear flats. Today, I'm taking my class to a park for a lesson, so I'm wearing sneakers. Bring on the walking!!
    2402 days ago
  • SAPNA.
    You are so right, and so is the article. my son goes out in a suit and heavy shoes in all weathers. That is so uncomfortable.
    2402 days ago
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