Have you stagnated in your goal? Whether it is a fitness, work, or personal goal, a hack to get you back on track is to simply dress the part.
The New York Times published Mind Games: Sometimes a White Coat Isn’t Just a White Coat that highlighted how dressing the part helps us achieve success. Embodied cognition is the belief that we think with our bodies as well as with our brains. It turns out that clothing doesn’t just affect how others perceive us, but it also affects how we perceive ourselves.
How the right outfit will help you reach your personal and work goals
In college, I had a friend who would wear sweats nearly every day to class, except on test days. On test days she would dress up in a suit, pay special attention to her hair, and look her absolute best. It was part of her strategy to ace the test. Turns out there was science backing her method. Power poses and power clothing can help you own your space.
Check out these Poses That Will Boost Your Confidence to try out the theory. Then come back and tell us which ones worked best for you.
Clothes have a similar effect.
When you are pursuing a raise or promotion at work, start dressing the part. Add to your persona of confidence with power poses and start taking note of how others begin to change around you. Are they the ones who have changed or are you? Confidence is a funny thing. It’s contagious and one of those attributes that you truly can fake it until you make it.
You aren’t born confident; you have to find it. This can be done through a wardrobe change or being purposeful about your body language. Learn how to communicate confidence. For instance, when talking to others, don’t slouch or touch your neck. Instead, stand tall with an open chest and feet hip-width apart. You might not start off feeling confident but you’ll be perceived that way, and soon enough your body will start telling your brain that you are in fact confident.
How clothes affect your fitness goals
Wearing the right gear will also increase the likelihood of you meeting your fitness goals. Technology has improved greatly over the years, and our clothing is getting smarter. Clothing, shoes, and gear are now designed with specific fitness goals. While you don’t necessarily need a heart monitor in your leggings, there are definite advantages to purchasing pants that wick away sweat and offer a tight squeeze in all the right areas.
Here are just a few things to think about as to why this is true.
- Breathable and sweat-wicking fabrics will keep you feeling better, longer instead of clothes that weigh you down with clingy fabrics. It will keep you cool and dry while helping to increase the amount of time you workout. When you are comfortable, you’re more confident, and confidence will help you focus more on the task at hand.
You need to dress for the weather and your environment. This will help prevent injury and dehydration. Read 10 Tips for Running in the Summer Heat and 5 Tips for Running in the Cold.
- Clothes designed for your specific workout will be more durable. Even if the price tag is a little higher on the front end, it will deliver savings long term.
- The best workouts happen when your body can move freely and your muscles being taxed are supported correctly.
Why your socks matter too
Socks are an important part of the whole package. Socks have a way of communicating personality in a way that the rest of your wardrobe might not. For instance, if you are in scrubs all day or in a work uniform, there is freedom in choosing a pair of holiday or crazy print socks, showing off your personality.
Color psychology has proven that bright colors make you appear to be a happier person that people with whom people want to engage. Not to mention that it’s a great conversation piece! At Crazy Compression, we get the need to express yourself. We offer a unique line of options. If you don’t see you in our socks, no worries, we can custom make the design you envision.
Even more, our customers keep coming back again and again for quality and design.
All of our 1-20mmhg TRUE graduated compression socks and sleeves are made here in the United States. They are made from lightweight, breathable micro-nylon with moisture control, leaving your feet dry and comfortable all day. So whether you’re on a 12-hour shift or running a marathon, we’ve got your feet covered.
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