When it comes to exercise, we’re often told which different types of sporting clothing we should wear to enhance our workout. From the latest breathable technology that keeps your body temperature regulated to trainers which guarantee you improved running times, if you’re into fitness than we’re sure you’re not into being bombarded with new and innovative types of workout clothing from a host of different brands and experts.

What we’re trying to say is; do we need all this high tech gear. What if we told you that you can have an extremely effective workout wearing only your birthday suit? Nope, we are not perverts and training naked might sound a little off piste, but genuinely, it can bring a whole host of different benefits. So, with the help of Right Path Fitness, here are the 5 IDEAL benefits of training naked.

FEEL COMFORTABLE IN YOUR OWN SKIN

One of the reasons that many of us exercise is to feel happy in our own skin. We work out to feel good, to be healthy and to achieve our body goals, but most of all, we do it to raise self esteem. When working out naked, you’re forced to examine your body and to come face to face with yourself, exactly how you look and what’s great about your physique. By consistently doing this, you’ll gradually learn to love your body.

YOU’LL BE ABLE TO NOTICE PROGRESS

By regularly observing yourself in the nude as you work out, you’ll be able to notice every bit of progress your body is making within your exercise routine. There’s nowhere to hide when you’re not wearing clothes, and by knowing the ins and outs (not literally) of your human form in the nude, you’ll notice even the most minor changes. This will help to keep you motivated and to show you that your hard work is paying off. Similarly, consistently looking at yourself naked will inspire you to take stock and make healthy choices to see changes in your body.

WATCH YOUR BODY WORK

Without a doubt, one of the biggest benefits of exercising naked is that you can actually watch your body work. Without clothes, you’ll be able to see the different muscle groups in all their glory as you exercise – a walking, talking, panting science lesson all of your own making. You will be able to actually see how strong you are, to visualise the impact of each exercise you do and to marvel at how fantastic the human body actually is.

LETTING YOUR SKIN BREATHE

If you wear clothes whilst you work out, believe it or not, you are technically not giving your skin enough room to breathe. According to Dr. Lance Brown, an American dermatologist, workout clothing can restrict the blood flow and act like a sponge, collecting all of the sweat you produce – which of course, should be a decent amount if you’re working out with gusto! Going bare gives your skin a chance to breathe. When you sweat, your body releases toxins, and by wearing tight workout clothes, you’re actually weakening your skin by reabsorbing the sweat that is released by the body as you sweat. So let it all hang loose and let it out.

ENHANCED FLEXIBILITY

Without the restriction of workout clothes as you exercise, your body is likely to be a little more flexible, allowing you to truly maximise your workouts. This could result in improved calorie burn, as you’re truly getting the most out of your workout.

Whether you’re getting naked for a home workout or attending one of the innovative and exciting new naked exercise classes we’re seeing popping up around the globe – working out in the the nude can bring a myriad of physical and psychological benefits, so if you’re brave enough, why not give it a go?

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Rachel is the beauty and fashion director at IDEAL. She loves trying new products and is an avid fan of London's fashion, from the high end to the high street.