Are Waist Trainers Bad For Your Health?

Are Waist Trainers Bad For Your Health?

There’s a lot of negative hype surrounding waist trainers. This is partly because some people are not fully educated on them and they’re confusing waist trainers with something else. A lot of people who think waist trainers are bad for your health are imagining the old school corsets which are very different. Waist trainers or cinchers are designed to provide a slimming effect to the abdomen while a corset is designed to cinch your waist and accentuate the curves of the hips and the bust line. When it boils down to it you can make mistakes with either one.

How To Make Sure You’re Using A Waist Trainer Properly

  • Not Too Tight: A common mistake is to try and get a waist trainer that is too tight. A trainer isn’t supposed to make you feel completely restricted. It is supposed to feel snug but not so snug that you can’t do normal things. It’s meant to help slim your shape with the freedom of movement so it can be worn during exercise and regular day-to-day activities. 
  • Don’t Keep It On Too Long: Waist Trainers are not meant to be worn 24/7. Be wise about how long you have yours on. Avoid sleeping with your waist trainer on as well it’s not good for you because your body needs that time to breathe and relax. Our muscles need some chill time.
  • If It Feels Wrong Take It Off: If your body is trying to let you know it’s not feeling a waist trainer at the moment then take it off. Don’t try to force it! Our body sends us hints and signals in order for us to take care of it properly. There could be something going on that you are unaware of like the onset of inflammation. So, if it feels wrong just take it off for a while. You may also need to change the waist trainer in size, shape, and/or material. Always listen to your body.
  • Don’t Rely On The Waist Trainer Alone: It’s true that a waist trainer can help slim your waist down and give you more of an hourglass shape or accentuated curves. But, it’s going to take a little effort on your part in order for that shape to hold. A waist trainer is meant to aid in the shaping and slimming but not for handling the process on a long-term full-service basis.
  • Let It Air Out: If you wear a waist trainer directly against your skin it is important that you let it get some air. Both your skin and the waist trainer need to breath otherwise you risk the chance of getting a rash. If your waist trainer is causing you to sweat more than normal look into another type of material that is more breathable. 
  • Keep It Clean: Don’t forget to wash your waist trainer frequently. This can also add to bacteria causing rashes on the skin. 
  • Make Sure It’s Completely Dry: A little bit of moisture can lead to chafing. Some clothes are ok to wear if they’re a little damp. A waist trainer or anything that’s tight fitting should be fully dry to avoid any excess moisture and irritation.  

  • Wearing a waist trainer isn’t bad for your health but as is with just about anything, if you’re not doing it right or if you’re doing it too much it can become something that is bad for you. Always remember to listen to your body when it comes to your body. Just remember to keep your waist trainer :

    • Dry
    • Clean
    • In Good Shape
    • Properly Fitting
    • Don’t Wear It Too Tight
    • It Is Not A Stand Alone Solution
    • Monitor Timing
    • If It’s Too Uncomfortable Take It Off

    Love you body and take care of your body. Some things are not for everyone and you never know unless you try it and find out for yourself. If you’re mindful about the things you do to and with your body many beautiful things can happen, not to mention how much better you would feel overall.  Be smart about your waist trainer and wear that thing well!! 

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