By Kay Nauta:
The beautiful days and nights of Summer are upon us! AANR-West clubs and resorts are in their high season and special events are in full swing. Between events, they offer pools to enjoy, hot tubs to soak in, sports to play, nature paths to hike, and many other activities for fun and relaxation. This is the perfect time to visit your favorite AANR-West clubs or try one out for the first time.
For many women, the first experience in a nudist setting can be scary and intimidating. This is very understandable. Our society tells us it is wrong to be in public unclothed and transcending that belief is a scary undertaking, but it can be a life-changing experience.
Some women prefer their first nudist experience to be with a small group of friends that they already know and trust. Other women have found that they prefer to be part of a large gathering for their first time. They can then just blend in with the crowd and not be noticed individually.
I recently spoke with a young lady who had her first social nudist experience at nude bowling night with the Rocky Mountain Naturist group. More than sixty people attended but, since most folks were focused on their bowling score and their bowling team, she felt that she was just one of the crowd. She felt so comfortable bowling, that a couple of weeks later, she attended a sauna party hosted by the same group. That was a much smaller gathering of eighteen members, but she joined the conversations and games and enjoyed a fun afternoon. I’m sure I will see her at upcoming events.
If you are nervous about your first nudist experience, be assured that no one in an AANR-West club or resort will insist that you take your clothes off. You can take all the time you need to become comfortable with your surroundings, make some friends and observe the benefits others are enjoying before you take that plunge and disrobe.
My first nude experience in public was at a clothing-optional day spa. A friend talked me into going, stressing that I only had to do what I felt comfortable doing. Upon check-in, I was given a robe and flip-flops to change into. After that, the decisions were mine. My friend and I had agreed to meet at one of the several small pool areas. There were five or six people there when I entered and my friend and I found our lounge chairs and settled in. I was the only person in the pool area with my robe on. After ten or fifteen minutes, I began feeling out of place. Everyone else was nude, sunbathing, or relaxing in the pool. Without overthinking what I was doing, I discarded my robe! I expected to feel vulnerable, embarrassed, and maybe even a little intimidated. But I wasn’t any of those things. I was free, liberated, and showing the world my true self! It was one of the most exhilarating feelings I’ve ever experienced.
Start with baby steps if you are interested in social nudism or a nude lifestyle but are very timid about trying it. Start by getting nude at home by yourself. Get used to how it feels to do everyday activities without clothes on. Sleep in the nude. (You’ll get a great night’s sleep!) If you have friends or a partner willing to join you, host some small, at-home nude gatherings. Or if you have a private place in your yard, sunbathe or read a book outdoors. (You’ll love the feel of the breeze on your whole body.) The more natural being nude feels to you the easier it will be to go social with it. You are in control – take the wheel and give nudism a try. You won’t be sorry, and you’ll be empowered and liberated!
By Kay Nauta:
Can you name the event that took place in 2018 that inspired 2505 women to “skinny dip” at Meaghermore Beach, Ireland? The event was “The Great British Skinny Dip,” one of the first International Skinny Dip Day gatherings and the largest one to take place to date.
International Skinny Dip Day was started in 2018 by the American Association for Nude Recreation as the final day of National Nude Recreation Week, which has been an AANR tradition for 43 years. International Skinny Dip Day is always on the second Saturday of July. This year that falls on July 9. So, get ready to bare it all and join the fun!
International Skinny Dip Day is the perfect opportunity to shed your bathing suit and try skinny dipping for the first time or enjoy it once again. Check out your nearest AANR-West club for Skinny Dip Day events or create your own. Many first-timers have found it incredibly fun and adventuresome to find a secluded spot to skinny dip. Some opt to wait until the cover of darkness to swim nude, which can be a little more romantic for couples. If you host your own skinny dip event, just be sure you are aware of local rules and restrictions concerning public nudity.
“Skinny dip” is a fairly recent name for an age-old activity. The term wasn’t coined until around 1947, but people, young and old have been enjoying the refreshing fun of experiencing it since the beginning of mankind. Benjamin Franklin, one of our country's founding fathers was a fan of skinny dipping, as was our 6th president, John Quincy Adams. Swimming nude in the Potomac River was his primary source of exercise. A survey conducted by Miss Travel magazine found that more than 70% of travelers polled had taken the nude plunge.
International Skinny Dip Day has become such a popular event that international groups have started challenging each other to host world-record-breaking events. The Great British Skinny Dip may not hold the record of 2505 participants for long!
Not only is skinny dipping a lot of fun and very refreshing, it also offers some health benefits. Science tells us that spending 15 minutes with the sun shining on your entire body can be a great immune booster. Swimming or other activities that cause you to perspire flush toxins from your body, especially if clothing is not hindering the flow of sweat. Experiencing life’s normal activities sans textiles gives us a whole new perspective of our bodies and allows us to accept and feel more positive about our bodies.
When skinny dipping, you can also forget about a cold, wet bathing suit clinging to you for an hour or two afterward. After a few minutes in the sun, your skin is dry and ready for a re-application of sunscreen. No sandy or smelly swimsuits to rinse out and hang to dry, either.
Whether you attend a large International Skinny Dip Day event or create a private one, make a commitment to skinny dip on June 9th! You’ll have a great memory to look back on and possibly the beginnings of a freer lifestyle ahead of you. Enjoy!
By Kay Nauta:
The first in-person WINR event, a “Paint and Sip Party,” was held on Saturday, April 23rd, in Utah in conjunction with the Southern Utah Naturists Society (SUNS).
The SUNS travel club was chosen to recognize the clubs that are growing and sharing nudism with others without the benefit of a resort. In addition, the SUNS expressed interest in co-hosting a women’s event when the time came for an in-person event.
The turnout was smaller than expected – there were four women - however, those who came were extremely excited about the event and getting together with other women.
After a brief Introduction and Welcome, sign-in, and explanation of the Photo Release, a lovely luncheon was held outside on the patio to benefit from the warm sun that appeared after the previous day of rain.
After the delicious lunch courtesy of the SUNS, the ladies took their places at the table, which was arranged with an easel, canvas, paints, paintbrushes, and an apron if you wanted to wear one.
Arlene of the SUNS and owner of the business “Buzzed Arts” explained the process. The remarkable thing about these painting events is that if you have never picked up a paintbrush or have mastered the art of painting, you are guaranteed to have fun creating your version of the sample. There is no “right” or “wrong” way. It is all about how you interpret the painting as it is taught and then making it your own.
The abstract heart was chosen by Linda Weber, WINR Chair and co-host of the event, to tie in with body positivity and loving the skin you are in.
Arlene, an artist in her own right, explained each step and gave us tips and tricks along the way. Because the pressure was off as to thinking you had to be a perfectionist, the painting was fun, and everyone encouraged each other and looked to see how each other’s pictures were progressing.
The process took about two hours to complete, and a libation was available for those who wished to imbibe. The events are called “Paint and Sip” parties, so along with the painting, individuals can loosen up with a cocktail.
After the event, Arlene and her husband Mills invited the group to relax in the hot tub.
The WINR Team would like to thank Arlene for her gracious hosting of the event, delicious luncheon, and careful and caring instruction, and Mills for his photography of the event and the use of their home for the party.
On October 16 2021 Shangri La Ranch held its annual Bare Buns Desert 5K Run and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. It was cold enough as people gathered for the 8:00am start that some couples were entwined to stay warm, but once the race started the temperature seemed to warm quickly to a comfortable mid-60s.
Well, it's easy to see that springtime in the AANR-West region is in full swing. As the weather warms, the trees bud, and the daffodils bloom, our minds may turn to gardening, hiking in the woods, outdoor sports, or maybe some skinny dipping at the pool.
If you haven't already tried skinny dipping at an AANR club or resort, now is the time to take the plunge. There is nothing more invigorating and refreshing than the feel of cool water caressing your skin - ALL of your skin. No textiles to disrupt the flow. And swimming without the restrictions of swim trunks binding on your legs or bra straps digging into your shoulders makes a skinny dip in the pool pure heaven. And here's the best part – when it's time to relax poolside, NO soggy, cold swimming suit clinging to you for the next hour and no tan lines. But, of course, don't forget the sunscreen!
It's easy to apply sunscreen when there is no clothing to avoid. But then, rub or spray that sunscreen EVERYWHERE! No worrying about getting lotion on a sleeve or waistband, no burned shoulders because your blouse shifted, and you didn't apply sunscreen on the previously covered skin. It's kind of like painting the walls of an empty room. Splatters don't matter!
Painting is an excellent activity to do in the buff. You might also want to consider gardening, housecleaning, auto repair, dining, or any other activity that can easily stain or tear clothing. Why ruin a perfectly good pair of pants by accidentally getting motor oil on them? Got oil on your leg? Wash it off easily with soap and water! No stain! And that white blouse that is now a cleaning rag with wine stains could still be hanging in the closet if you had been dining in your birthday suit. Clothing is expensive these days. Lengthen its lifespan by only wearing it when absolutely necessary. You'll also spend less time doing laundry, and you'll save even more time by not standing in the closet for an hour trying to put an outfit together.
Another excellent time to go au naturelle is bedtime. It has been proven by thousands of nudists (and some sleep experts, too) that you sleep better when you don't have a nightgown tangled under your
By Cindy Savage
Daily exercise affects our overall well-being. Nudists love to exercise almost as much as we love to eat. We’re outside soaking up Vitamin D while playing sports, running 5Ks, doing yoga, Zumba or swimming. It’s easy to see how running, biking or tennis strengthens your heart, builds muscles and stamina. In combination with a healthy diet, exercise also builds brain health by keeping your arteries clear and open and maintaining a good blood supply. Oxygen goes in, waste comes out. This combination of whole plant foods and exercise also helps tackle blood pressure and cholesterol issues, diabetes, and weight problems, all of which affect the brain. Exercise produces BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), which helps the brain grow new connections (synapses) between brain cells and protects the cells and connections you already have.
What kind of exercise do we need? Aerobic (cardio), Resistance (strength) Flexibility (stretch) and Balance are all necessary aspects of the E in NEURO. Each has its own benefits.
Aerobic exercise increases the amount of BDNF in your brain. Why do we want more of this stuff? Because people with cognitive decline tend to have less of it. Aerobic exercise clears out toxins that could lead to the loss of brain cells, boosts brain size, and has been shown to noticeably improve working memory, planning, multitasking, and other cognitive functions. It improves cardiac fitness, lowers blood sugar and triglycerides, and reduces cancer risk. We need aerobic exercise for overall health and wellbeing—about 150 minutes per week of moderate activity.
Resistance exercise is all about building muscular strength. Weightlifting, weight-bearing, resistance bands, squats, etc., strengthen your skeleton. Working your muscles also strengthens your bones. Strong bones and muscles help prevent you from falling or possibly lessen the damage if you do fall. As we say in my yoga classes—falling is really not an option. You need this two to three times per week for about 20 minutes.
Flexibility and Balance exercises improve your range of motion, joint mobility, muscle movement and decrease chronic pain. We want to be limber and have a good balance so that we can do the things we want to do whether that is other types of exercise or simply playing with a child. Balance exercises improve posture, stability, and breathing as well. Three to five times per week for at least 30 minutes is adequate.
The combination of these three types of exercise also helps us sleep better and resist illness. Since we’re still in the middle of a pandemic, rather than exercise being a ‘no-brainer’, it’s a ‘full-brainer’.
So, can I eat whatever I want and just exercise to burn it off? Disappointing, but true, if you want to lose weight and think that you can do it with exercise alone, you’re mistaken. You can exercise away calories, but it would take you all day. One six-piece order of chicken nuggets—you’d have to run three miles. Add a soda—another two and a half miles. Eat a burger at your next meal—wow, three more miles. In theory, you could cancel out your calories with exercise, but you wouldn’t have time for much else. Plus, you’d be putting junk in your body. Instead, a WFPB diet gives you the nutrients you need, and an exercise regimen enhances the benefits of those nutrients. Win-win!
Next month: Unwind—Stress Relief that doesn’t stress you out.
The 2021 AANR Fall Festival was held October 8th through October 10th this year at DeAnza Springs Resort and it was off to a cooler than expect start with rain (yes, rain!) and cold winds on Friday. A canvas tent had been set up outside the Oasis Lounge for the vendors but due to the wind the vendors instead set up inside the Cactus Flower Café dining area. Nancy sold her handmade local art. Freddie also offered up a selection of her craft items. Ashi offered up his famous hot sauces. While the Cactus Flower Café stayed open for business, there was also a food truck from the San Diego Sliders Company with offerings from their menu. Some ate on the patio but most ate in the Oasis Lounge.