Waist training is the process of wearing a constricting garment for the purpose of modifying your natural waist size, to appear physically slimmer than it actually is, at the same time putting emphasis on body curves, especially the hips, for an hourglass appearance. Some commonly used waist trainers are, tight corsets, cinchers or spanx.
Waist training has been around for more than 500 years and the trend has evolved a whole lot over the years. It first gained popularity in Europe then later in America. Women (and sometimes men) wear these garments for cosmetic or health reasons.
In this article, I will break down the benefits and risks associated with waist training, but first the good news!
- Let’s start with the obvious one, which is a temporal hourglass figure, perceived as highly attractive.
- Helps women get back in shape after giving birth by holding everything in place. This in effect gives them confidence as they adjust to the “post baby” life.
- Waist training improves firmness, abdominal support and posture of the body
- If you wear one properly, consistently and long enough, then your waist can actually be reshaped permanently.
- The practice activates abdominal core muscles by triggering you to engage them throughout the day.
- When worn during exercise, waist trainers give the desired support and posture needed for great results.
- You get to lose weight, though not because of the waist trainer per se, but due to the restriction of the corset, which sees to it that you eat small quantities of food.
Waist trainers have made a huge comeback over recent years. Virtually all the Curvy female celebrities, from Beyoncé to The Kardashians to Jessica Alba, swear by elastic waist cinchers. These garments have been responsible for giving many notable women throughout history , the coveted hourglass figure.
However, in extreme cases, they can be a causative agent of some undesirable effects, e.g.
- Waist trainers can cause lung edema and pneumonia. These garments, more often than not, end up squishing the lungs and ribs, making it hard to breathe. There have been numerous reports of women passing out from putting one on for too long.
- They can decrease blood flow, which puts one at a risk of blood clot related issues.
- They can harm organs, or limit them from functioning properly. From compressed lungs, to excess pressure on your heart and stomach, these devices can be extremely injurious.
- Not only does wearing a waist trainer misalign the ribs, but also the spine.
That being said, it is very possible to wear a waist trainer without necessarily causing harm to your body. The key here is to listen to your body for any discomfort or pain. Avoid the temptation to go all in, because like anything else, extremes are dangerous grounds to tread on.
If you’ve given birth recently, look for waist trainers specifically meant for new mums, more so if it was through a C-section. Look for one that offers protection and support to the C-section incision, to ensure effective healing.
Finally, It is highly recommended that you let your body season into the waist trainer. If you’re a beginner, especially if using a corset, ensure that it doesn’t snuggle too tight. As it takes shape and adjusts to your body, so will your body adjust to it comfortably. Fitting it too tight will damage the boning of the corset and damage your organs too. Moreover, If tight garments aren’t you forte, take that waist trainer off and get you a gym trainer.