Jogging in the nude / Nudic walking

In Germany, there are meeting places, where nude joggers meet for sports in community. The website

mentions meeting places in Germany near Cologne, Berlin, Frankfurt, and Mannheim / Heidelberg – however, the website has not been updated since 2009. Currently (autumn 2018), naturists run (quite regularly) weekly on Wednesdays at 17:15 o'clock from the meeting place a distance up to 10 km in the Berliner Grunewald. Contact via this thread in a German forum.


Adidas – known as manufacturer of jogging shoes. The public relation is from a magazine unknown to us; the image was appearently scanned. Source: Usenet.

Runners. Yeah, we're different!

The relatively young sport of nordic walking is a swinging, sporty walking with the support of poles. Of course, many naturists are followers of this popular way of keeping fit, and just as with any sport, you ask yourself, which clothes you should wear. So, the nudic walking [= nude nordic walking] was the natural answer – just nordic walking without the ballast of clothes.

Others see immediately, that a walker, like a jogger, is nude because of her / his sporting activity. This is why nudic walkers and nude joggers experience even less frequent conjectures about the motivation of their nudity than hikers – especially when doing it alone. But, of course, nudic walking makes much more fun in a group than alone!

But walking is just a much sportier way of hiking, and while you can hike easyly for 6 hours, as a walker or even as a jogger, you will have got the personal quota after 1 to 1½ hours. For this reason, there might be more local nudic walking events as whole-day events like nude hikes.

Nevertheless, Günther had initiated a nudic walking event for the first time in the Wahner Heide [en: Wahn Heath] (south-east of Cologne, Germany) for 4 May 2013. It was quite challenging (12 km in 2 hours), but a very positive experience!

Compared with nude hiking, the nudic walking offers some advantages inter alia because of the shorter duration of the nudevent:

  • you do not have to carry provisions
  • you need less sunscreen
  • you do not have to expect a change in the weather pattern at short notice
  • you are working out a lot more groups of muscles

The prerequisite for the success is, however, that the technique is mastered. Nudic walking looks easy (and it is), but the details of the movement are the secret of success. Numerous nordic walking groups can be watched, who trail their poles tiredly behind them and scuff their feet along the dirt roads at a slow walk speed. "Avoiding any effort" seems to be their leitmotiv. But no training effect is achieved without physical exertion! A pity, because in no other sport is the success so comparatively simple and inexpensive to achieve! And promoted by the health insurance companies.

Training on the Isar-Dammweg [en: path on a dam along the river Isar], Germany

Here, you will find a short summary of answers to frequently asked questions (a click onto a question will open a modal window with the regarding answers):

The German mag P.M. already in 2009 answered the question: Why is it so beautiful, to hike in the buff?
As children, we all have been taught not to be nude together with strangers – at least one pair of panties is required. Exceptions apply only in the sauna or for changing clothes and for showering, when doing sports or going for a swim.

Shameful boys around 1910: Playing nude on the beach ok – but for the photo shoot, the genital is hidden by hand
Und wie ist das mit Recht und Ordnung? Was sagt das Ordnungsamt, die Polizei? Was steht im Gesetz?

Adam and Eve with Cain and Abel – children are permitted to be nude, but what about elder ones?

What about law and order? How does the police deal with simple nudity? What is written in the law?

In public, you may encounter other people, who wear clothes and perhaps don't like to encounter nude people. What about that?

Encounter of nude and textile people at a summit cross
The natury website offers to you even more comprehensive answers to these – and also regarding further – questions in the chapter Nude life, for example about Nudity and Law. Also, the chapter Reports about nudevents may raise your interest.

Should I just give it a try?

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