February 6, 2015

#FitnessFriday: Waist training

Waist training has been all the rage as of lately. Celebrities from Kim Kardashian to Snooki and social media socialites alike seem to be following suit. But is it safe, or just another fad? What is the difference between waist training and corset training? How can I maximize the benefits of waist cinchers if I decide to start training? I'm going to answer all of those questions in this post.

Waist cinchers/Waist training

Waist cinchers are designed to aid sweating in the mid-section, aid in trimming the waist, and they are designed to provide a slimming effect under clothes. They are typically made of nylon, latex, or spandex. Waist trainers are typically supportive and more comfortable to move around in which makes them a safer choice for exercise. Waist cinchers are typically made with spiral or plastic boning which  moves better with your body.

Steel-boned corset/Corset training

Steel boned corsets are designed specifically to shrink your waist size instantly by 4 or more inches. Corsets are designed to shrink your waist/torso for aesthetic purposes. Steel boned corsets should not be worn while exercising because they are extremely tight and the steel boning does not move well with your body. Corsets are held together by lacing in the back. Corsets pull your internal organs beyond their natural point which may cause your internal organs to shift in response to the constriction of the corset.

So in conclusion, waist training seems to be the healthier and safer option as opposed to corset training. Waist training may be helpful in terms of helping maintain better posture, shaping your waist, back support, and increasing sweat in the mid-section. If you do choose to waist train, do so cautiously.Make sure that your cincher is not excessively tight to the point of not being able to breathe. Also, make sure that you are also eating a healthy diet and exercising  to maximize the effects of this process.