Before you completely rule it out, consider the positive impacts that nude swimming may have on your self-confidence.
A recent scientific study has shown that people who are naked in a social setting have higher self-esteem than the rest of the population
General relaxation and relief;
An escape from the repression of modern, daily life;
You have more skin (all of it, in fact) exposed to sunlight and, therefore, more Vitamin D – a vitamin recognised at government level as so significantly lacking for the majority of people in the UK that it is the only supplement nationally recommended;
When you swim naked, there is no soggy fabric sticking into every crease, no swimming costumes left getting colder and more uncomfortable the longer out of the water you are and no scratchy material to rub against your skin and irritate it;
Your naked skin also dries much quicker;
Think of the all-over suntan!;
Being naked in the company of others helps our perceptions of what constitutes a healthy body – we’re all very different and subscribing solely to mediated images is very unhealthy.
Almost a third of Britons dare-to-bare and reveal they prefer to wear no clothes while on holiday. With naturist beaches fast becoming the new travel hotspots, getting that all over tan is more popular than ever before. This trend looks set to continue with 27 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds choosing to one day getting their kit off, saying they are up for it in the future. When it comes to sunbathing ‘au natural’ 31 per cent prefer tanning naked. However burning one’s bits is the reality for most so how can you protect yourself when tanning in the nude?
Research from Hotels.com and the British Skincare Foundation looked at Britons attitudes to sunbathing in the buff. It found that half of those surveyed over 55, admit they don’t always use sun protection when exposing those sensitive areas to the sun.
Almost two thirds admit they don’t always use sun protection, 41 per cent claim to find it’s easy to forget and shockingly, 7 per cent never wear sun cream at all.
What’s more, almost two fifths of 18 to 24 year olds are not aware that it’s even possible to get sunburnt down under, with many finding out the hard way.
When it comes to burning their private parts, six per cent admitted experiencing the pain, 14 per cent have caught the sun while sunbathing topless and one in five have come back from the beach with a burnt bottom.
It’s been ten years since my first visit to a German sauna world, or Saunawelt as they would say auf deutsch. An internet blogger friend pointed me in the direction of the newly expanded Therme Erding conveniently situated between Munich and the nearby international airport. As a seasoned naturist, I will remember that initial sauna adventure for all of my days. That moment you walk into the co-ed changing rooms, trying to look unfazed by your inability to open your locker, inconveniently located in awkward proximity to a middle-aged couple removing their clothes. Meanwhile, preoccupied as to whether you’re about to offend more people by being naked or by wrapping yourself in a towel. Informative directives were posted everywhere, which would have been ever so helpful had I paid more attention during that one semester of college German.
It’s not especially helpful that there are approximately a bazillion sauna and “therme” (thermal pool) centers dotting the map of Germany, not to mention those to be found in Austria, Switzerland, and the Netherlands – each of which have a unique set of customs and rules that may or may not be posted – in German – on a wall, leaflet, or countertop. Doesn’t matter really though; there’s clearly something in the DNA of central Europeans that allows them to decode the unspoken rules of social nudity. It’s no secret the Germans are thought leaders in social-nudity, but still… how do they always seem to know what’s going on?
Before going into my detailed guide for naked spa rookies, I should encourage those who worry about the communal nudity thing to read any number of TripAdvisor reviews written by prudish Americans who uniformly confirm that non-sexual nakedness in a social environment only feels awkward for about five minutes, until you realize that clothing actually does very little to help us obscure the things that make us feel most awkward or inadequate about our bodies. This is not a post about the perils or merits of social nudity, but instead, a guide for the person who says, “I’m over it. A bazillion Germans seem to think it’s fun! I’m gonna shed my inhibitions and sweat it out with a bunch of strangers, and I’m gonna like it!“
A naturist ‘in jail’. An intriguing topic, isn’t it? The more as this is not about a brick-and-mortar jail but one of a totally different kind.
A little while ago I received this message. A cry for help. As I don’t feel equipped to comment on this just like that, I asked the sender of this (who asked if he could remain anonymous) if I could post his message on my blog. He agreed. Please read this and if you have suggestions, ideas or constructive comments, please leave them at the bottom of this page!
I was a naturalist growing up from the age i say 10 years old. On my own only deep in the woods in hidden ponds, rivers, creeks i found or knew from geological maps. As i got older and working like EVERYWEAR there was in Puerto Rico. On job assignments. I did hiking in the rain forests and along the beach for 1/8 to 1/4 mile from an access point to a nude beach was aloud.
Now handicapped. I cant drive or visit beach’s because my wheelchair or rollator can’t make it through the sand to reach the nude beaches or even some nudists resorts/camping grounds. There not handicapped equipped! Also i need someone that can drive me there with my wheelchair or rollator and gear (emergency oxygen tank and meds and meters and such.) To sleep at a place would require power and a 4 person tent just for me!
Sleeping naked is common among much of the UK population, and if you’re yet to swap your pyjamas for your birthday suit then you might want to reconsider. According to research by Sealy UK, one in five people in Britain sleep naked, with those in Cardiff, Brighton and Southampton most likely to sleep in the nude. Sleeping naked has been scientifically proven to be good for you, and Neil Robinson, chief sleep officer at Sealy UK, explained all its top health benefits.
Your body needs to be naturally cooler at night, ideally around 1C lower than normal, to help you get a good night’s sleep, said Neil.
He explained: “A study conducted by the US National Institutes of Health found that keeping yourself cool while you sleep could help speed up your metabolism, as your body compensates by creating more brown fat to keep you warm.
“This brown fat produces the heat needed by burning calories, helping boost your metabolism all day long. The best way to keep yourself cooler when you sleep? Either invest in a duvet with a lower tog, or sleep naked.”
Sussex nudists enjoy days out, country walks and yoga classes in the buff For a growing number of people in Sussex being naked is simply more comfortable and allows them to enjoy a sense of freedom. While the majority would be embarrassed to bare all on a country walk, naturists are now organising a range of activities across the county and it doesn’t stop at nudist beaches and swims.
From naked yoga, hikes across the Sussex and Kent countryside, ten pin bowling, cream teas, meals out and trips to art galleries – it seems naturists are enjoying all sorts of ordinary activities in the buff.
Every Sunday, people drive from Horsham, Crawley, Tonbridge and Rye to the Edwardian Motcombe Swimming Pool in Eastbourne to enjoy a weekly naturist swim which has been running for 35 years.
Philip Baker from the group said, “The pool and naturism date from the same period and both were considered modern, healthy activities at the time.
“We use the term naturist rather than naked for our swim to emphasise that this is not a hedonistic, but a natural activity.
“Our ethos is respect both for ourselves and others, regardless of shape, age, gender, size, colour, or disability.
Nearly 200 skinny dippers braved chilly sea temperatures as they stripped off and bared all for charity.
The event, in aid of the mental health charity Mind, was held at Summerleaze Beach in Bude on Sunday morning.
Organiser Ruth Hunt was inspired by the work of the North East skinny dip – an established annual event now in its seventh year which has raised over £40,000 for Mind.
Teacher Ruth said she spends time simply listening to children who come to her with their troubles and sees first-hand how the pressures of modern day life are affecting the well-being of children and young people as well as adults.
“Let’s go to King Spa,” a friend said seven months ago, inviting me to the Korean Spa. The trip involved saunas, relaxation, and critically, nudity. Four of my friends were going, and they wanted to welcome me to the naked club. I pride myself on being a body positive person— or acting like I am when I don’t feel it— so I responded: “I’m all over that.”
I was terrified.
Nudity is something that we don’t really do in The U.S. I think it’s something that shouldn’t be weird, but I am a product of my environment, and it would be a lie to say that I didn’t feel weird about it.
Then my grandmother went into hospice. It was a lucky break (only regarding this one thing). I missed the trip, and I didn’t have to confront my nudity demons. Not yet.
In November, an email popped up in my inbox. The subject line read, “King Spa!” I was all in. My back had been killing me for weeks, and I was ready for some hot water, hot saunas, and time with my close gal pals.
Sauna: una pasión finlandesa En Finlandia existen 1,7 millones de saunas para una población de 5,2 millones, es decir, una sauna para cada 3 habitantes.
A partir de ahí es posible percibir la pasión de los finlandeses por la sauna. Más que simplemente un momento de ocio, la sauna es una tradición centenaria, a la que se le atribuyen poderes medicinales ya que el calor propicia una mejor circulación sanguínea además de la relajación y alivio de dolores musculares.
La sauna finlandesa consiste en una pequeña sala, con paredes, techo y suelo cubiertos por tablas de madera, y una especie de grada para sentarse. El calentamiento se realiza a través de un calentador eléctrico en una caja cubierta por piedras, sobre las cuales se echa agua para generar vapor. Este vapor es increíblemente caliente, haciendo que la temperatura en la sauna quede entre 80 y 100 grados.
El ritual de la sauna finlandesa generalmente sigue los siguientes procedimientos: La palabra sauna es la palabra proveniente de la lengua finlandesa más conocida en el mundo. Con toda razón, en la cultura finlandesa la sauna tiene una posición incontestable en la vida del día a día. En la cultura tradicional en el campo la sauna era un lugar de multiuso universal para todo tipo de actividades sociales y sanitarias. Además de la cocina era sólo en la sauna que se encontraba agua caliente para baño o lavado de la ropa. El agua caliente también era (y sigue siendo) un componente esencial a la hora del parto, un acto que era siempre conveniente hacer en la sauna, un lugar bien protegido de los ojos de los otros componentes de la familia. Todavía hoy vive un buen número de personas en Finlandia que nació en una sauna de madera de campo.
At last, we have an actual research study about naturism and its positive effects on body image and happiness!
The research was published online in the Journal of Happiness Studies on January 21st, 2017. It set out to investigate the “possible psychological benefits of naturism.” As the author notes, naturists have long been making claims about how naturism improves self-esteem, body image, happiness and has many other benefits.
But as the situation indicates, “very little empirical research has investigated these benefits or any plausible explanations for them.” This is sadly true. You’d think in an industry as big as this one, some organization would’ve funded this type of research by now.
The paper cites the few relevant studies that were conducted in the past 55+ years. There are a number of studies that show how naturism or nudity benefits children.
Marilyn Story’s research from the 80’s found that nudist kids had a more positive body image than non-nudist kids.
In their 1988 study, Lewis and Janda found a correlation between childhood exposure to non sexual nudity and increased self-esteem as well as comfort with sexuality in adulthood.
Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong For decades, the medical community has ignored mountains of evidence to wage a cruel and futile war on fat people, poisoning public perception and ruining millions of lives.
It’s time for a new paradigm.
From the 16th century to the 19th, scurvy killed around 2 million sailors, more than warfare, shipwrecks and syphilis combined. It was an ugly, smelly death, too, beginning with rattling teeth and ending with a body so rotted out from the inside that its victims could literally be startled to death by a loud noise. Just as horrifying as the disease itself, though, is that for most of those 300 years, medical experts knew how to prevent it and simply failed to.
In the 1600s, some sea captains distributed lemons, limes and oranges to sailors, driven by the belief that a daily dose of citrus fruit would stave off scurvy’s progress. The British Navy, wary of the cost of expanding the treatment, turned to malt wort, a mashed and cooked byproduct of barley which had the advantage of being cheaper but the disadvantage of doing nothing whatsoever to cure scurvy. In 1747, a British doctor named James Lind conducted an experiment where he gave one group of sailors citrus slices and the others vinegar or seawater or cider. The results couldn’t have been clearer. The crewmen who ate fruit improved so quickly that they were able to help care for the others as they languished. Lind published his findings, but died before anyone got around to implementing them nearly 50 years later.
This kind of myopia repeats throughout history. Seat belts were invented long before the automobile but weren’t mandatory in cars until the 1960s. The first confirmed death from asbestos exposure was recorded in 1906, but the U.S. didn’t start banning the substance until 1973. Every discovery in public health, no matter how significant, must compete with the traditions, assumptions and financial incentives of the society implementing it.
Are nudists and naturists happier than the rest of the world?
Are they more connected with Nature and does that deep connection gives them
different (even better) understanding of themselves?
I am thinking about it for some time now. Since the beginning of my naked journey, my life has changed
to better without any doubt. But the questions are why and how naturism/nudism changed my life?
The most obvious thing that changed in my life is that I started to spend any time that I can, being naked. And the more time I was spending naked the more I was paying attention to my body. I started to treat my body as my temple, as my home. I started to appreciate my own body. It was not, and it is not a perfect body, but it is the only I have and I can’t get a new one. If I want it to be healthier, if I want it to look better I have to work on it, take care of it.
Before my nudist journey, I was taking my body for granted. Wasn’t eating good, wasn’t working out at all… All I have done for my body was to wash it and use body lotion twice a year (if I even had remembered).
When I first thought of the title for a new post (this one: the older, the nuder), I had an idea where this was going. Until I started investigating the idea, which made me see things in a much different way. Let me tell you what I thought and what I’ve learnt!
My initial idea was that, when people get older they get less flexible. I’ve seen it everywhere and still do. I’ve seen it with my parents too.
That brought me to the conclusion that older people should stay nude more for the simple reason that putting on clothes requires some agility, and since older people have that less and less, not having to put on clothes would make life easier for them. Are you with me so far? Sounds logical, doesn’t it? Continued…Read full original article…
Last week, I was eating lunch with a friend and her dad in Manhattan on 23rd Street, directly across from what used to be the McBurney YMCA, when my friend’s dad had a sudden recollection.
Apparently, in 1968, as part of a freshman requirement for the city college he attended, all male students took a swim class at the YMCA. For reasons somewhat unclear to him at the time (and, we joked, probably repressed until now) the Y had a particular rule: If you’re going to swim, you must swim nude.
“Nude-nude?” I asked. “Totally nude,” he said.
He remembers the instructor telling them something about it being more sanitary that way. “But,” he conceded, “no one really questioned it.” After a moment, he paused.
“What the hell was that all about?”
I thought I’d investigate. Was my friend’s dad just recalling some adolescent nightmare? Was his swim teacher some pervy old dude? Or was this requirement legit? And if it was, why? How would not wearing a bathing suit be any less sanitary than skinny-dipping? Continued…Read full original article…