I’m going out on a limb and guessing you might be overindulging a bit: today for the Thanksgiving holiday, tomorrow eating all the leftovers, and maybe for the next several weeks at holiday parties and festive events.
Come January 1, you’ll be ready to turn the tables on that table full of treats and hit the gym hardcore. Then January 15 arrives, the treadmills are full, and it’s negative one billion degrees outside.
It’s back to the couch.
I know, I know. Not all of you succumb to the holiday sweets and New Year’s Resolution slip-ups. But many of us will, myself included.
So how about we fight those demon desserts with some sneaky style choices at the office. You’re probably thinking I’m insane, but hear me out on this one.
We’re not all going to go to an extensive gym workout over lunch everyday. But we’re definitely not gonna take the stairs in our extra tall heels and super tight pencil skirt.
Instead, let’s find a happy medium by wearing certain styles that encourage (or at least don’t discourage) a little movement throughout the day.
Flats (Shoes or Boots) ~ Wear something that doesn’t leaving you dreading a few extra steps. Maybe you’ll take the stairs one flight on your way to a meeting or the long way around the hallways to your co-worker’s cube next time you need to catch up on the latest office gossip. (Just kidding… none of us gossip at work.. that’s just everyone else that does that, right???)
Ankle or Skinny Pants ~ Stay away from the extra long pants that drag on the ground or can only be worn with heels. Ankle or skinny pants won’t get wet or dirty on a walk at lunch, and they slide right in to boots for rainy or snowy days.
These are my favorite ankle pants styled with simple, nude ballet flats.
Fleece Tights ~ You might think it’s too cold to go for a walk at lunch. But after walking to and from work in Chicago winters (over a mile each way.. and no, not up hill both ways like your grandparents, but definitely across the windy river both ways), I’m here to tell you it’s possible. You might be surprised how warm you’ll feel walking at a decent pace. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not going for any walks in terrible winter weather. But a little chill in the air can definitely be defeated with the right clothes and a good attitude.
I think fleece tights are warmer than pants, so throw them on under your favorite comfortable dress or flowy skirt and take a hike from your desk for a few minutes midday. You might only walk around the block a few times, but it’s better than nothing. It’s surprisingly good for your brain and your productivity too.
Check out a previous post for lots of Tips to Wear Colored Tights to Work.
Joggers ~ Don’t really go for a jog in them midday, but if you can get away with these in your office, rock them! Certainly you’ll be more inclined to take a few extra steps if you’re basically wearing workout clothes, right?
Scarf ~ It’s cozy. It’s stylish. It’s perfect for a midday stroll. And if there’s any chance you get a little workout glow (a.k.a. sweaty), the scarf will hide any evidence.
Want to make your own scarf? How about this easy tutorial?
Extra Layer ~ Depending on the weather in your area, add a cardigan or a jacket to your outfit that’s warm enough to take you on a walk during lunch.
Pedometer ~ Be sure to keep track of all those extra steps you’re taking! Give yourself some credit.
I love my Jawbone Up3, but any fitness tracker works. Having the little tracker on your waist or around your wrist reminds you that someone (or something) is keeping score. We all want to win in the race of life, even if it means feeling that little buzzing celebration the bracelet makes when you hit your stepping goal. It may just be a silly little piece of plastic and metal, but it has a hold on your motivation more than you might think!
Bonus: Recruit a friend ~ We also hold ourselves more accountable when someone else is counting on us. Find a friend who wants to climb the stairs or go for a walk at lunch. Maybe they have time to hit up a midday yoga class with you once a week (if it works with your work schedule). Getting sweaty midday is the worst! But a light yoga class that focuses more on stretching and revitalization could be just the ticket to feeling great (even if it’s not intended to be a rigorous weight-change effort).
Not sure what to wear? Stop by the Style Gallery and you’ll find loads of ideas. I’ve worn all of the styles mentioned above in the past, so be sure to take a peek for ways to wear all of these styles at the office!