Do Clothes “Make” Us?

Today’s 44 was a combo move (my favorite kind of exercise!).  The lower body was just a plie hold and the upper body was a lateral raise.

hold this position the entire time
hold this position the entire time
raise arms to side
raise arms to side

Lateral raises are hard for me (shoulders are my weakest area!!!) so I only used 5 pound dumbbells.  I felt the burn in my quads and inner thighs by the time I finished all 44 reps.

Today I did something I rarely do – I ran for the 2nd day in a row!!!  There really is a lot to be said for running easier!!!  Yesterday I ended up running 13.1 miles (1:46.20) with 1.3 easy to finish it off.  Today I did 7 miles (59:36) with an easy cool down mile.

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I’m sure we’ve all heard the phrase – “Clothes make the man/woman/child.”  Is this really true?

I think that I’m the same person no matter what I have on – a formal dress, jeans, or sweaty running stuff.  But I do wonder if unconsciously we act different in different types of clothes.

Are we more confident when we are all dressed up?  I think that I actually feel the most confident when I’m in my workout clothes!!!  Of course, that could just be what I tell myself since that is my normal dress code these days!!!

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I also started wondering if we are more productive based on how we dress.  

In the winter I pretty much live in fleece!!!

OK - maybe a little nicer than this stuff but still - yoga pants and fleece tops!!
OK – maybe a little nicer than this stuff but still – yoga pants and fleece tops!!

Does being so comfortable make me less productive?  Or am I more productive because I’m comfortable?

I used to dress up every day and I still have a closet full of nice clothes and shoes and all the accessories required to pull it all together.  Maybe I should try a test since a lot of days I can get my work done from home and see if dressing up makes me more productive!!!  

Besides running things in our home, I work semi-full time with our business – cleaning, doing set-ups, showing the venue, paperwork, marketing, etc.  All of those tasks require different attire – I can’t wear my cleaning clothes (workout gear) when I do showings and vice-versa.  Since a lot of the work is done at home it really doesn’t matter what I look like – or does it?!

Do you think that there is anything to the saying – Clothes make the woman?  
What about – Dress for success?
Do you dress up even if you are just going to be home most of the day?

Happy Tuesday!!!

Kim

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