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Getting Buff in the Buff: Are There Benefits to Exercising While Nude?

If nothing else you'll have less laundry to do!

You’ve probably seen the naked yoga classes and the carefully posed Instagram posts extolling the virtues of working out naked. It turns out that nude fitness may be more than just a trend. It may have actual benefits.

Personal trainer Keith McNiven tells the New York Post that for many people working out is about getting to know your body and feel comfortable with it. Being naked basically just amps the ante on this. Another benefit is that by seeing yourself naked in the mirror, you can see all the changes that your body is going through, helping you to stay on track. You can see each muscle group working and visualize the impact of the exercise. Working out in the nude helps your skin breathe, without being hindered by sweaty spandex or even “breathable” fabrics that can cause breakouts after a sweat session. And unhindered by clothing, your body can fully move and bend, allowing you to experience a fuller range of flexibility.

Advocates of nude sweat sessions also claim that you can burn more calories without clothing and focus on problem areas more easily. If you’re on a budget, you’ll save money on workout wear. And then there’s also the theory that workout gear infringes on blood flow so that your workout will be more successful in the nude.

Although working out naked seems to be taking off in 2018, it’s actually an ancient practice that dates back to the ancient Greeks. And of course, if you’re not buying workout wear, then you don’t have any workout wear to wash — which means less laundry to do.

And of course, there’s the whole childhood wonder of feeling free and air flowing all over your body. So if you’re wondering whether or not getting buff in the buff is a good idea, you could always give it a try and find out if it works for you.

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