Thursday, May 10, 2007

Get Outside and Get Naked!

If you need a reason to try nude recreation, look no further.

The American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) and The Naturist Society (TNS) are teaming up this summer to encourage Americans to take off their clothes during the annual Nude Recreation Week celebration, held July 9-15, 2007. Nude Recreation Week gives first-timers the chance to give clothes-free recreation a try at home or at one of the many AANR-affiliated clubs that open their doors to the public during this week.

  • Nudist Beginnings Tip: I highly recommend trying it at home first. If you are a couple, make a date out of it and do a nude dinner at home. Strange at first, you will both be surprised how natural being naked feels. The awkwardness goes away eventually. It took my wife and I a while to get up the nerve to try nude dining at a nudist resort. Now, we won't pass up the opportunity.

“A national study* found that 15 percent of Americans are looking for a nude recreation experience; however, sometimes taking the initial 'plunge' can be difficult for newcomers,” John Kinman, President of AANR explained. “Nude Recreation Week gives the public an opportunity to try something new while at the same time allowing nudists across the country to celebrate the freedom of clothes free travel and recreation, in appropriate settings.”

This annual celebration is open for individuals - and families - to visit one of the hundreds of clothing-optional clubs affiliated with AANR or TNS, and experience firsthand one of the fastest growing trends in both travel and recreation. Many of the 267 AANR-affiliated clubs have activities and events planned throughout the week – such as open houses, “canude” nude canoing trips, sports and poker tournaments, “bare buns fun run,” health screenings, fine arts shows and more.

Or, for those looking to try something new in the comfort of their own home, AANR and TNS recommends these “fab five” activities:

1. Cool off: skinny dip in your backyard pool
2. Make housekeeping fun: shed those clothes, turn on some music and get out the mop
3. Get in touch with nature: garden nude
4. Exercise in the buff: hit the treadmill or dust off one of those workout videos
5. Telecommuting in the nude: working from home-- in the nude--is actually increasing in popularity!

  • Nudist Beginnings Tip: Don't forget the beaches! There are some very nice beaches to visit. However, beaches are not as regulated (not gated) as a nudist organization affiliated resort.
“We would like to spend this National Nude Recreation Week celebrating the nude human form as inherently wholesome and natural,” explained Nicky Hoffman, President of TNS. “We realize that nude recreation may not be for everyone, but we urge you to give it a try. You just might like it!”

First-timers are invited to don their birthday suits at home or at a nudist resort and experience the personal liberation, stress-relief, and simple comfort of nudism.

AANR’s mission is to advocate for nudity in appropriate settings as well as educate, and inform the public about its value through ongoing membership growth. It is the oldest and largest organization of its kind, representing nearly 50,000 members and their families, who enjoy clothes-free recreation throughout North America. Nude recreation has experienced tremendous growth and popularity over the last several years and has become a $400 million niche segment within the travel industry.

For the club nearest you, and to find out more about its Nude Recreation Week schedule of events, log onto the association’s Web site at www.aanr.com, or call 1-800-TRY-NUDE.

Parties interested in visiting one of AANR’s clubs during Nude Recreation Week should call the resort in advance to make a reservation and find out the rules of the resort.

Related Links:
- American Association for Nude Recreation
- The Naturist Society:

*Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown & Russell/Yankelovich Partners 2006 National Leisure Travel Monitor