(I don’t have a post from The Caregiver Series for you today.  I have a few posts in the works, so look for one in the coming weeks.)

Last week I talked about what happens when we outsource movement.  I discussed shifting our cultural paradigm from one in which we lead largely sedentary lives then “get in a workout” so we can stay healthy to one where we incorporate movement into our daily lives in a holistic, functional way.  (You know, the way folks used to live?)

I promised that I would continue to explore that theme and I am starting that exploration by asking you:

What are the barriers to movement?  Why don’t we move as much as we used to move?

Now, there are scads of answers to this question, but I’m going to throw one out at you: We simply aren’t dressed for it.

When you get dressed in the morning, do you consider whether or not the clothes you are wearing, and the shoes on your feet, will be conducive to movement?  Or, do you put on clothes that look fabulous, but leave you waddling, bouncing instead of walking, fearful of squatting to pick things up off the ground, or worried to lean in the wrong direction lest you have a wardrobe malfunction?  (And no, I won’t link to that one.)

Now, I’m not saying it’s not fun to look super.  I just got done telling my husband that I *desperately* need to get dressed up like an adult and go out for a night.  But day-to-day, think about the choices that you make and whether those clothes and shoes are inhibiting your body from moving in a natural, playful, effortful way.

Moms get a bad rap for their “yoga pant” addiction.  I unashamedly wear them all the time.  Because, the bottom line is, when I do I am more active.  And that feels good.

What about you?  Do you ever feel like your clothing inhibits you from moving as much as you would like?

4 Responses to “What Are You Wearing Right Now?”

  1. on 14 Jan 2013 at 9:42 amhot Nai Nai

    Sitting here in my exercise pants……….just waiting for some exercise to come along!!!!

  2. on 14 Jan 2013 at 10:55 amCarl Peterson

    Thank goodness. I have needed the rationale for wearing my sweatpants(which I have on right now) and sweatshirt (during the winter-tees in the summer) while I do my grant writing work at home. I am more comfortable and feel like “dress for success” is not needed . However, my biggest challenge( not sure where this fits into the wellness spectrum( is which team or theme shirt to wear, and then the toughest decision my wife and I have in the morning is which coffee cups o drink out of for our daily brew. Now that is a challenge as we probably have over 200 coffee mugs that we have collected over the years, most of them with symbolic meanings or sentimental value. But I do see a connection there as we have cut down to just having one cup of coffee, so there is my wellness connection for the day. Take care and we may be headed to the South in May so get the nice weather ready. I do love walking in the morning and more so in the warm than the cold.

  3. on 14 Jan 2013 at 11:12 amKristine Rudolph

    When I worked from home, if I didn’t have a meeting out I never “wasted” nice clothes … or the effort to launder them … on a regular day!

    Happy to provide justification for you, although I think it’s totally legit!

  4. on 08 Feb 2013 at 9:02 amSusan

    Kristine,
    Just so you know…….you can still wear activewear and be cute and comfortable! I work with a designer from LA who is coming out with an activewear line this fall and I CAN’T WAIT to share it with all of us “work from home” women! There is something inborn in women that we need to feel beautiful, even if we are exercising, taking care of children or older adults, or sitting at home at our computer writing a blog! The sad thing is for those of us in this life is that we do leave our house to go pick up the kids, run to the grocery or the bank or the doctor, and we look like *****. Not good for the physche or self-image! (You have seen the Walmart pictures, right?) Anyway, I am starting a new campaign to help women look and feel beautiful even in their activewear and no make-up. I wish I could rock the cute little ponytails that most of you younger women can do…….but I do love my baseball caps on a bad hair day 🙂
    Okay, I’ve had my cup of tea this morning and this is the last comment, I promise!

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