A waist trainer is just a corset that has been resurrected. Corsets, which originated in France, used to be worn by women (and upper class men) as early as the 16th and 17th centuries! The peak of the corset’s popularity was during the Victorian Era. The Era where hourglass figures and the tiny cinched waist were in! The tinier the waist, the more delicate, beautiful, and feminine you were. At this time, people were not very knowledgeable about health and exercise either, so all of the cinching was done for pure vanity – which as you know, is ALWAYS a problem. During the mid to late 19th century, doctors began to get concerned over the health issues that corset-wearing may cause.
When you wear this 500-year-old device, you squish your lungs and ribs, which makes it hard to breathe. Some women have actually passed out from wearing one for too long, says Christopher Ochner, Ph.D., weight loss and nutrition expert at Mount Sinai Hospital. And if you keep wearing it for an extended period of time? It ain’t pretty: Think crushed organs, compressed lungs, and fractured ribs.
Plus, experts say it doesn’t really work. “Spot reducing doesn’t exist,” says Ochner. “You can’t reduce the collection of fat in any one particular area of your body. If you push your stomach in, all the fat will go right back to where it was no matter how long (you wear the corset) for.” Yes, some people can get away with wearing the waist trainer without any real harm done. But for a real, long-term weight-loss plan, you’re better off looking elsewhere. So why don’t you take this 30-days waist trainer challenge?
If you are committing the next 30 days to a fitter body and a slimmer, stronger waist, then I want you to save this pic and post it to your social media. Ask your friends to join in and use the hashtag #30daywaisttrainer.
Here are the moves:
Eagle Abs – bring your elbows to your knees and use your abs to crunch. Works rectus abdominus.
Reverse Crunch – Press your arms down into the mat and lift your butt off the ground. Works lower abs.
Double D’s – Press your entire back into the mat. This is almost like a double leg lift, but instead your legs will draw two D’s in the air as your go back up. Works lower abs.
Infinity Abs – Bring your feet up into table top position. With hands clasped together with elbows straight out, pretend you are rowing side to side. Draw an infinity shape with your elbows! Works entire core, especially obliques.
Accordians – Lying on your side, place your elbow underneath your shoulder and raise your top arm above your head. Your top ankle should be crossed over your bottom ankle. Raise your top leg and bring your elbow to your knee. Works obliques.