exercising naked

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The most convenient way to exercise is to do it in your house, as it turns out. You can roll out of bed and stumble over to the DVD player and punch the play button. And then, you can flail all you like without the world judging you and finding you wanting some kind of grace and maybe a little dignity. Your pets will judge you, but you will not care, because of the joy you will take in the absolute freedom of more or less total privacy.

The problem with total freedom is that total freedom turns out to be that little things like pants cease to matter. You will pull on a sports bra, because your bosoms ought to be protected from the things that aerobics will do to them, and you might even put sneakers on, to cushion your knees and make it a little easier to jump around for just a little bit longer. But why should you put on anything else, really? You’ll overheat, if you’re wearing pants, and what’s the point of a top to go on over a bra that pretty much covers you neck to knees, and clothes are so restricting, anyway! Who needs them?



You don’t need them! As long as you don’t catch a glimpse of yourself
wearing a sports bra, panties and big old running shoes in the
reflection of the television, the door of the closet, the horrified
eyes of your cat. You’ll be quite happy and comfortable up until then,
at which point you’ll realize that you’re exercising in your underwear
and maybe what you need more in your life, above cardiovascular health,
is a little bit of dignity.

  8 comments for “exercising naked

  1. October 20, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Or if you realize that your blinds are open, say, 20 minutes into your workout. That’s a fun one.

  2. Jen
    October 20, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Does anyone actually do this? I wouldn’t, because even if no one else sees me, I can still see me.

  3. October 20, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Jen–I totally have! Not for a while, but when I used to do workout tapes I’d sometimes either start or end up in just bras and panties. I do yoga that way too.

    You said you wouldn’t because *you* can see yourself … but you can see yourself all the time. You’re exercising, you’re *supposed* to get red in the face and flap around. So why be more hot and uncomfortable in clothes, I figured!

  4. Anonymous
    October 20, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Totally have done this. Decreases the amount of gym clothes that need to get washed- really great. Also, I would never go to the gym without being completely draped. This gives me an opportunity to really see (and come to terms with) my body.

  5. kxm24
    October 20, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    I do this and I do it front of a mirror sometimes, I love what I see! Sometimes I dance in my underwear, in my living room and videotape myself to see what I look like . I’m a little vain :), but it took a lot of work to get to this point.

  6. Anonymous
    October 21, 2008 at 12:01 am

    I always wear pants when I exercise, because if I don’t my thighs rub together!!! lol Hey, at least I’m doing something about it, right? :)

  7. Mon
    October 21, 2008 at 1:49 am

    I used to do this shamelessly until someone almost walked in once–unlocked dorm rooms is not a good idea in this scenario. I think my shouting made them think they were about to walk in on something way worse, hahaha. I still do it cause it’s so damn comfy, but I make sure to lock my door now ;)

  8. Bun
    October 21, 2008 at 9:44 am

    When I work out at home, I wear a sports bra and teeny weeny tight shorts. And sneakers. The gym requires a bit more coverage–home time is time for some freedom! (and every time, I think, “huh, my body really doesn’t look all that bad after all…”)

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