Many women dream of society’s perception of the perfect female measurements that resemble the iconic hourglass. While most humans in general are not blessed with this extreme proportion, more and more women are training their bodies to fit into this fashion trend. I thought it was important to reveal some of the challenges and risks of corset training to give readers a better understanding of how this flashy trend can impact your long term health and happiness.

The corset was made popular back in the late 1500’s when Catherine de’Medici enforced a ban on court attending aristocrats with large waists. For nearly 350 years the corset became the top choice in supporting women’s figures. Over the years, the use of the corset diminished and was not as commonly used for cosmetic reasons, however, over the past few years the popularity of this training method has begun to pick up traction and with more and more people choosing to waist train, the risks and long term effects are often overlooked.

So what is the difference between waist training and a corset?

Waist training is the ongoing commitment to shape and redefine your bodies proportions, while a corset is often times used on special occasions, and for fun. By consistently wearing a waist training apparatus, you are forcing your body to redefine it’s natural shape, organ location, and overall look.

Risks of Waist Training

  • Organ Misplacement – the number one health risk of waist training, by far, is that it re-positions your internal organs. While this may not seem like a risk, your body was designed to allow for ample space and room for your organs to work properly, by squishing your organs together you are risking poor function, blood flow and oxygen from traveling throughout your body and providing the necessary oxygen it needs to sustain life.
  • Fractured Ribs – another common risk of waist training is the chance to break or fracture your rib cage. The rib cage is designed to provide a protective shield for your internal organs and when are constantly applying pressure to those particular bones, over time you can fracture and damage your rib cage.
  • Spot Reducing – doctors agree that you can’t solve for an unhealthy waistline by waist training. If you are pushing your body around to help your image, ultimately when you remove the waist trainer, your fat cells will relocate to the original place of origin. Instead, if you are looking to reduce the fat around your waist, then long-term exercise programs are the best course of action.
  • Bruising – in addition to the risk of damaging your rib cage, people often suffer from on-going bruising and damage to their body. Combined with on-going usage, this prevents your body from fully healing and can cause more and more damage the longer you waist train.

With so many celebrities endorsing the waist training frenzy it is no wonder why so many people are jumping onto the bandwagon. Every day more and more people are looking for fast and easy ways to get results while sacrificing their overall well-being and health.

So the next time you are looking for a quick fix, I encourage you to do a little research and find out the risks and benefits of your training program, whether that be dieting, exercising or waist training. After all, there are tons of healthy and productive ways to slim down your waistline that doesn’t include breaking your ribs, restricting your breathing and causing continuous discomfort all in the name of vanity.