Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, fewer people are wanting to put themselves at risk. More people are opting to do home workouts as opposed to going to the gym.
The beauty of doing your workouts at home is that you can exercise according to your own time and schedule – and can even do it naked.
Yes, NAKED! Read on to learn why exercising naked is super beneficial.
9 Benefits of Exercising Naked
When you’re exercising at home without any clothes on, you’re less restricted. Depending on the type of exercise you’re doing, you’ll be able to target certain body parts more effectively because you’ll have a full range of motion, with no clothes stopping you.
If you exercise naked at home frequently, you might have better flexibility and see results quicker. Plus, you will have fewer chances of getting a rash, skin conditions, or friction from clothing. Your skin will feel healthier from getting more oxygen.
The more you exercise naked, the more familiar you’ll become with your own body. If you have any scars, body hair, or anything else you’re uncomfortable about, you may learn to love it.
A study of 51 people concluded that those who exercised naked found themselves happier, more attractive, and had less anxiety towards their physique.
Whether you’re doing squats, lifting weights, stretching, or just doing cardio, it is very likely that your form in fact needs to be corrected to get the best results.
When you work out without any clothes on, it’ll be easier for you to see your body lining up. Correcting your form immediately can put you at less risk of injury in the long term.
The results of exercise are fantastic to see, but so is the process. When you work out without any clothes on, you’ll get to really see your body moving.
When working out naked, you’ll be able to see your whole body – especially if you do it in front of a mirror. There’s nothing like seeing your muscles get pumped during a workout. Seeing your body working will motivate you to keep going, work out harder, and exercise naked more often!
If you take before and after pics when you exercise, you’ve probably realized that it takes some time to notice results, especially if you take photos in clothes. Depending on the clothes you wear, you may not notice much progress.
If you’re frequently working out naked, you’ll most likely notice even minor differences, so you don’t have to wait for after pics to see results!
If you’re a person who regularly, then you’ll be no stranger to endorphins. If you don’t know what they are they are hormones released by your pituitary gland during exercise. Endorphins give you a natural high and also reduces your tolerance to pain. It’s, for this reason, post-exercise, you’re left feeling good and happy most of the time.
6. It has tons of health benefits
Endorphins, hormones released by your body during exercise, give you a natural high and increases your tolerance of pain. This hormone is the reason why you’re feeling good and happy after a workout.
When you combine naked exercise with an outdoor workout, you’re bound to release even more – especially when the sun is out. When the sun penetrates your skin, it gives you a boost of Vitamin D. This is an essential vitamin we all need as it helps keep your bones, teeth, and muscles healthy and strong.
Vitamin D also produces more serotonin, which is a hormone that helps regulate your mood. Therefore, exercising outdoors – while naked – can trigger an increase in many hormones and added health benefits!
7. It’s cost-efficient
There are so many different clothing brands out there, and it can be so easy to spend money on the latest styles – especially when it comes to fitness clothing. You will frequently sweat in these clothes, causing them to wear away easily and requiring replacements.
Paying for well-known brands like Nike, Reebok, Adidas, Puma, Under Armour, and other fitness clothing, you know that they’re super expensive. When you’re working out naked, you’ll be saving money on athleisure – imagine what else you could do with that savings!
That’s not to mention the amount of energy and water you save by having to do less laundry after every workout.
8. It helps your blood flow
If it wasn’t for our hearts and a constant blood circulation, we wouldn’t be alive – and exercising without any clothes on allows our blood to circulate better.
When you don’t have any tight clothes restricting areas of your body, including your waistline, ankles, or chest, it’ll allow your body to pump blood and oxygen to your muscles effectively, with little restraints.
9. It releases toxins
Wearing clothes during a workout can prevent your body from releasing many toxins, which can be bad for your health. Toxins can cause our bones to weaken, decrease the amount of hemoglobin in our blood, and more. They’re pretty much poisonous to our body, and can cause a lot of damage.
Wearing synthetic fabrics (like most athletic wear) when working out can cause our skin to absorb a lot of the toxins released when we sweat – which can trigger a lot of health problems. When we work out naked, we let the toxins leak out of our body and we’re less likely to reabsorb them. As a result, we’ll feel fresher, and cleansed.
Now you have an idea about the benefits of working out naked, it’s important to prepare yourself. It my be healthy, but that doesn’t mean you should do it without knowing how to be safe.
If you’re planning on exercising naked outdoors and will be exposed to the sun, make sure you apply regular SPF – even in sensitive areas. This can prevent sunburns, and reduce your risk of cancer.
If you do choose to exercise in the sun, be careful about the amount of time you spend each day doing so. Exposing yourself too much can cause damage to your skin, eyes, and immune system.
Ideally, exercising naked should be with no clothes at all. However, some exercises may require wearing some form of underwear, like a sports bra.
Slow, less demanding exercises like yoga and stretching may not require any clothes at all. However, if you’re a female and doing a lot of cardiovascular exercises, a sports bra may keep your breasts from getting sore.
The last thing you will want is your neighbors seeing you exercising naked (Unless you do? That’s up to you!).
If you’re fortunate enough to live in a spacious house, you may choose to exercise in an area with no windows, like a basement or hallway.
It is recommended to shower immediately after your workout. Lots of sweat lingering on your body can cause a terrible body odor and can put you at risk of skin infections, rashes, and bad bacteria growth.
If you’re exercising naked regularly and sweating a lot, you’ll want to pay extra attention to your skin. Moisturize your skin after every shower to prevent your skin from drying out.
Exercising naked has a surprising number of benefits. You’ll gain a greater self-confidence, allow your body to feel less restricted, and attain greater flexibility. It can also help you save money on the clothes you buy and electricity. You will notice quicker progress, and ultimately feel better in the long run.
Try to take showers frequently after every exercise, do it in a spot where your neighbors can’t see, and wear underwear if you have to.