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Poll Results! How to handle workouts near the office

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Tip: Maybe don’t wear these outfits.

So, a week ago we asked WHEN you change into things to go to a nearby office gym. (As opposed to this week, when we suggested WHAT you should wear to the gym.) Although the poll continues, preliminary answers are in:

After hours: change at the gym. 64% of you said that if it’s after hours, you should continue wearing your working duds until you get to the gym, when you should change into your workout duds, workout, and head home as you please.

Working out on your lunch hour. 50% of you scoffed at the notion of a lunch hour. Of those who attempt to get in workouts during the day (fight the good fight, people!), 66% of you thought you should change and shower at the gym.

If you haven’t taken the poll yet, you can do so here.

Do you guys have any suggestions or tips for how you fit in exercise during a hectic day? Head out for 20-minute walks on your lunch break? Do lunges in your office? Tell, tell.

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What to Wear To… The Corporate Gym

In this feature, “What to Wear To…” we tackle attire for office events that are outside the confines of the 9-5 office day.

If you’re lucky enough to have a gym in your workplace (or nearby enough that there’s a good chance of running into people at your office), you may be wondering what to wear to the gym. Obviously, you’ll want to leave the thong-leotards and short-shorts at home, but what does that really leave you with? Particularly on a hot summer day, the choices can seem limited.

Choose moisture-wicking fabrics. These fabrics tend to cost more than your basic cotton or nylon, but they breathe more, wicking moisture away from you.  This means you’re drier, lighter, and cooler — which then means that you can wear pants rather than shorts, even on hot days.   Look for words like Dri-FIT (Nike’s brand), ClimaLite (by Adidas), and Double Dry (by Champion). [Read more…]

Tool of the Trade: Remember the Milk

rtmIn this feature, we’ll explore one tool that makes the busy woman’s life easier in some small way.

Every busy woman’s got a growing pile of things to do — immediate things to do at home and at the office. Things to do at some point in the future (update the resume, congratulate Theresa and Ben on their 5-year anniversary, get vacation photos printed). It helps to corral these things into a list. Really! We’ve unfortunately left our copy of Getting Things Done, by David Allen, at home, but there’s a lovely passage in it where he talks about how all these tiny things that must be done nag at your brain, tugging at your conscious (and subconscious) mind until you’re exhausted, worrying about all the things that need to be done. His solution (which we’ve found really does help) is to write EVERYTHING down. Build a system, and trust the system.

We’ve been fine with using Outlook for office tasks, but we truly love using Remember The Milk for personal tasks. Some great things about it:

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Poll – Is it acceptable for businesswomen to have long hair?

older-women-longer-hairIs it acceptable for businesswomen to have long hair? What do you guys think?

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And, now, just because we’ve got it running through our head, we thought we’d share some lyrics from Hair with you:

I want it long, straight, curly, fuzzy
Snaggy, shaggy, ratsy, matsy
Oily, greasy, fleecy, shining
Gleaming, steaming, flaxen, waxen
Knotted polka-dotted, twisted beaded braided
Powdered, flowered and confettied
Bangled, tangled, spangled and spaghettied!

Is Long Hair Unprofessional? [Ms. JD]

Pictured: Long Hair Design, originally uploaded by asobitsuchiya.

Weekend Round-Up

Photo at left by 19melissa68, courtesy of Flickr

– Because sometimes, you need to take the shopping abroad: The World’s Best Outlet Stores. [Forbes]

– An interesting read: SmartMoney’s guide to living longer and healthier. “For a growing band of affluent consumers, living a longer, healthier life is the next big challenge — and often the next luxury indulgence.” Ah, good, because we needed more to splurge on.

– Do you believe talent is innate or that it can be honed? That belief may determine whether you fulfill your potential or not. [NYT via The Thin Pink Line]

– We just found this blog and are loving it so far: advice on hiring a financial advisor as well as some basic FAQs on financial advisors. [Barbara Stanny Blog]

– How to protect yourself if you’ve lost your wallet. [The Simple Dollar]

– How to create your lifeplan. [Lifehacker]

The Hunt: The Perfect Black Blazer

Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

This week’s “The Hunt” features that perennial office basic — the black jacket you can throw on over anything and it looks great. This one was a surprisingly challenging hunt because we wanted to feature jackets that were intended as separates, not ones that were part of a suit (although that is always a valid choice as well). The black jacket is particularly great for the summertime — come in wearing a sheath dress or a casual t-shirt and, when you get to the office, put your black jacket on. You’re instantly more professional (and warmer).

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