Yes, it is hot outside, don’t let the summer heat get you down, relax without clothes. Nude Recreation Week is observed the week after Independence Day, and it is a way to shed stress and explore naturism.
Naturism is a lifestyle of non-sexual social nudity, and the cultural movement which advocates for and defends that lifestyle. Both may also be referred to as nudism. Though the two terms are largely interchangeable, nudism emphasizes the practice of nudity, whereas naturism highlights an attitude favoring harmony with nature and respect for the environment, into which that practice is integrated. That said, naturists come from a range of philosophical and cultural backgrounds; there is no single naturist ideology.
Ethical or philosophical nudism has a long history, with many advocates of the benefits of enjoying nature without clothing. At the turn of the 20th century, organizations emerged to promote social nudity and to establish private campgrounds and resorts for that purpose. Since the 1960s, with the acceptance of public places for clothing-optional recreation, individuals who do not identify themselves as naturists or nudists have been able to casually participate in nude activities. Nude recreation opportunities vary widely around the world, from isolated places known mainly to locals to officially designated nude beaches and parks.
Nude recreation refers to recreational activities which some people engage in while nude. Historically, the ancient Olympics were nude events. There remain some societies in Africa, Oceania, and South America that continue to engage in everyday public activities—including sports—without clothes, while in most of the world nude activities take place in either private spaces or separate clothing optional areas in public spaces.
There is an estimated 225,000 naturists in North America. For many, the experience is freeing and ultimately, a lifetime choice.
Around the country, clothing optional clubs offer events all week long. Whether your interests are athletic, artistic or spiritual, there’s something for everyone. Although clothing may be optional, sunblock is always recommended.
Enjoy being free from the restrictions of buttons and fabric. However, remember to keep an eye out for pests and poison ivy.
Rod Washington Writer, filmmaker, model railroader, dreamer, posting videos and articles about trains. Also, posting railfanning videos and updates about his own model railroad layout via his webpage, the rail project (coming soon).