I have been exercising outdoors without a shirt on for a few years now, but it has only recently hit me that doing so might constitute immodesty on my part.
There are a few reasons why I’ve been doing this:
1.) Health: I want to absorb more vitamin D from the sun, especially as someone who doesn’t regularly consume dairy products. I’m not sure if having a shirt on would make much of a difference, but I just naturally assumed that more skin exposure = more absorption.
2.) Feeling: It simply feels better to exercise without having a big, sweaty shirt on.
Now on to the more controversial reasons:
3.) Aesthetic appeal: I’ve always found a natural tan to be attractive, but a farmers tan to be weird looking.
Is this vanity? At what point do we separate being aesthetically appealing from inciting others to lust?
4.) Business: In the past I posted shirtless pictures of myself in order to prove the effectiveness of an exercise product which I used to sell (kind of like those “before and after” pics you always see).
It was never my intention to be “eye candy,” and I never got any comments suggesting such a thing. But I still wonder if even that was sinful or enticing others to sin on my part.
Anyway, it’s the summer time and I see guys mowing their lawns outside without a shirt on all the time. I don’t think the thought of attracting women even crosses most of their minds, but I don’t doubt it happens anyway.
Should we men be more modest with our choice of attire even when it seems reasonable to dress down, or am I just be scrupulous?