Running out of workout-worthy outfits? Struggling to keep up with all of the latest exercise gear trends? What if for your next fitness sesh you wore…nothing?
Working out naked may have some dope mental health benefits. Here’s how to get started, plus tips on finding classes that will let you go au naturel.
Should you be working out naked?
Exercising naked can be great for your physical and emotional health. In addition to getting a fab workout, it can help increase confidence and feelings of self-worth.
But if it’s not for you, that’s fine, too! Feel free to do whatever makes you feel comfortable.
Here’s a deep dive into the potential perks of working out in your birthday suit.
Working out naked may help you feel more comfortable with your body. It can also encourage feelings of self-love and acceptance.
A research review found that folks who spent time in the nude felt better about their bodies than those who didn’t take their clothes off. People practicing nudism reported higher self-esteem and more happiness as well. Keep in mind, the study didn’t have the participants in a fitness setting, though.
Hanging with other naked peeps might help you accept your own body on a deeper level. This might be because seeing other people’s bodies IRL can help you realize no body is society’s version of “perfect.”
A small study found that participants had better body appreciation after being around other naked people. Researchers think this might be due to reduced social physique anxiety.
Loose clothes can hide what’s really going on when you work out. While tight clothes can offer a good view of form, exercising naked lets you check out your actual muscle activity in a more in-depth way.
Bonus: When your body’s on full display, you get to see your results happening in real time. This can help you stay motivated and proud of your progress.
Clothes can be hella restrictive and uncomfortable, especially when you’re sweaty. It’s hard to focus on your Warrior Pose when your bits are all smashed together.
Working out naked lets your body parts go where they want to go. It also means no more wedgies. Woot!
Gym gear can add up fast $$$. Working out in the buff can save you beaucoup bucks on workout clothes. Another big bonus is that you’ll have less laundry to do!
Psst. Even if you work out nude on the reg, you still may need a solid set of sneakers. Here’s a great guide to picking the perfect pair for you.
Exercising in the nude can be liberating AF. But it can still be a bit intimidating until you get into the swing of things. Some folks may want to start slow at home, while others may prefer to kick things off with a group class. It’s all about your personal preference.
It’s also up to you what type of exercise you want to try! In theory, any workout you do in clothes can be done in the nude. Lots of peeps dig naked yoga, but you can totes slay cardio routines, resistance, and lifting workouts, too!
Just remember, only get your nude moves on if you’re in a safe, legal space! Choose a time when you know you’ll be alone at home or double-check that the class you found is, in fact, clothing-optional.
How to find a nude workout class or gym
Your best bet is to Google local nude gyms and classes. If there aren’t any in your area, you can look into local pro-nude clubs and groups near you. (Just make sure they’re legit before meeting up.)
You can also do a live online fitness class in the nude, but make sure your camera is OFF beforehand. You should also cover your camera with a sticker, just to be 100 percent positive no one can see you. Or you can find a recorded class on YouTube or your favorite workout app
Working out naked isn’t for everyone. And that’s OK! You can try working out with less clothing on than you usually would to get a feel for whether it’s working for ya.
Not sure if you’re ready for a room full of naked folks? Working out in the nude at home can help you get more comfortable with the idea before jumping into a group class.
Exercise is an important part of any healthy lifestyle, but working out naked may offer some extra perks. It might help boost your body image and increase your feelings of self-worth. If you’re ready to give it a try, feel free to opt-out of your usual fitness ‘fit the next time you’re doing a home workout. You could also check to see if there are any group fitness classes in your area that encourage nakedness.