Before jumping into the topic, I know what you’re thinking: some sports can’t be practiced in the nude! I can’t play American football naked, I can’t ice skate naked or I can’t jog naked around my block. True! Some sports require clothing for protection purpose or just for modesty as being naked in the streets may not be legal. But I challenge you to rethink the way you’re practicing your favourite sport and see if you can try, at least try it, naked!
That said, many sports can be practiced naked: running, golfing, swimming, hiking, tennis… Of course, for most, you will need to practise them in a naturist environment. Most naturist resorts have tennis courts, some golf courses, a pool, running and hiking tracks. So, this is a no-brainer. However, some sports can be practiced naked at home, like a workout, or in a natural setting, like running or hiking in forests or the mountains. You can even, and it’s much better, to plan your sports practice with friends and family so you go, for instance, running and hiking naked as a group.
So here are four reasons to make you think about moving your sport to naked sport:
- Sweat evaporates
- Movements are free
- Muscles are visible
- Cut costs on sports clothing
Are you ready? Do I have your attention? Are you curious? Great! Let’s continue together.
1. Sweat Evaporates
After some minutes of moving your muscles, you will break a sweat. Now, let’s see what happens if you’re wearing your sports gear. Sweat is mostly composed of water. And with water, your clothes become wet. Of course, you may have chosen “breathing fabric,” hence the water evaporates from your clothes faster than from cotton or other natural fabric.
Now, if you’re used to wearing those sports clothes, how do you feel when you take out your wet clothes? Good, no? Good because mostly, your skin gets rid of this wet piece of garments. So, why wearing this wet shirt and short when practicing? Why not get rid of them totally to let our skin breath and our sweat evaporate?
If you’re on the fence to get completely naked for your next workout or jog, just get rid of your shirt. Ladies, you can just keep a sports bra for support and modesty, at least at the beginning. What is going to happen when you let your skin sweat without clothes? First you sweat will partially evaporate. Second, it will flow freely on your skin, and finally, it will drip on the floor. So if you work out at home for example, put a towel on the floor and keep a towel handy to wipe extra sweat from your body.
If you’re running or hiking, let the sweat flows and evaporates naturally. After a couple of tries, you won’t think any more about sweating, but you will feel much more comfortable, because you don’t have to wear a wet shirt. And this feeling will make wearing a shirt uncomfortable and you’ll be able to drop the short and the underwear too.
2. Movements Are Free
When you’re running a marathon, you put tape on your nipples because the fabric can hurt them and make them bleed! Yes, really! Take a shirt off, and no more bleeding! Same chafing happens on your armpit or between your legs. Your skin rubbing on the fabric of your shirt and shorts gets irritated, gets itchy and sometimes start bleeding. Add to this that some fabric uses heavy chemicals and you have the perfect storm for skin rash. The best solution? Well, you probably guessed it: get rid of those clothes.
When you’re naked, no clothing piece comes rubbing against your skin. Actually, your sweat acts as a natural lubricant to avoid chafing. Beyond skin problems, when you’re naked, no clothes impair your movements. You move totally freely.
There is only one reason to wear clothes: getting protected. Protected from the sun when you’re sunburned, protected from a dangerous element to avoid being hurt, or protected from the eyes of people who are seeing nudity as immoral. Being clothes free when you don’t need protection provides freedom of movement, freedom of the body and freedom of the mind.
3. Muscles Are Visible
If you’re into working out, you do work out to be in good health as well as to grow or maintain your muscles. When you’re working out naked, in front or not of a mirror, you see those abs working, those thighs contracting and those pecs growing! When they’re obscured by a shirt and a pair of shorts, you’ll need to wait until you’re in the locker room to have a glimpse.
Well, no need waiting, just drop the shirt and the short and work out in your birthday suit! Another great advantage of seeing your body is the ability to see if the movement you’re doing is correct. You have a great view of your lower back for instance in order to check it’s flat and not too arched. The same happens to check that your legs are straight. By practicing your preferred sport naked, you can see if you’re doing all your movements correctly.
If you don’t have a mirror, use your smartphone front camera. Record you and review the movements, no clothes will come between your eyes and your body.
4. Cut Costs on Sports Clothing
I kept this one for the end. Have you realized how costly those sports gears are? If you’re practicing three or four times a week, you will need three or four sets of those. Not counting that you’ll need to do the washing. Of course, by being naked, you’ll need towels. But let’s be honest, whether you’re naked or not, you’ll use towels, so better have some ready.
But sports clothes, really? Think about what you could do if you don’t spend those hundreds of dollars, pounds or euros on those expensive sports clothes! Drive to a remote place for a naked hike, fly to a remote nudist resort for a full week of naked camping, or just put the money on your savings account for your next naturist holidays!
If you run or hike naked in nature, you’ll need a sarong or shorts to use as cover-up, but beyond this, nothing more but a good pair of shoes and a hat. The only thing I don’t compromise on for naked activities is shoes. I’m a big fan of Vibram Five Fingers for hiking and high-end semi-pro running shoes. Those shoes support you, protect your feet and also your ankles, knees and hips. But beyond shoes, I just have a couple of shorts and I use standard cotton t-shirts to move around to the place I will practice my favourite sports.
So here are the four reasons why practicing sport is much better in the nude. It’s all about comfort, health, openness and cost reduction. You can add it will increase your vitamin D intake and the virtuous circle is closed! Are you practicing your sport naked? Share your experience in the comment box below.
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Good article but is leaves out a very important part of nude sports. NAKED FEET are also part of practicing nude. Naked feet are MUCH better than shod feet for all the same reasons and more. Shod feet get injured more, have fungus, and cause painful debilitating injury to ankles, knees, hips, and backs.
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