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What’s The Skinny on #WaistTraining?
By: Cindy Wendland
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Kim Kardashian, Jessica Alba, Khloe Kardashian, and Lily James are just a few of the celebrities promoting waist training. Remember the movie Gone With the Wind where Mammy was strapping Scarlet O’Hara into her tight corset, and it just wasn’t working? We watched that scene and celebrated that we no longer had to wear those tight, painful contraptions. Yet now celebrities and others are telling us to have the best figure possible, we need to wrap our midsection with a waist trainer. This just sounds like torture and marketing gone bad.

We do believe in muscle memory. Muscles that are trained to perform a certain role will be able to do that function when called upon. With waist training, a waist wrap is put around the waist to make it smaller. Health experts claim it can squish your organs, reduce lung capacity, and cause acid reflux. Long-term use can cause atrophy in your core muscles. A waist trainer doesn’t make your waist permanently smaller any more than a ponytail holder placed in your hair will hold the ponytail in place once removed.

Ideally, every woman should be happy and comfortable with the body she has. Unfortunately, many women are not! Don’t judge your life by your waist size. But, if wearing a waist trainer or corset for a night or special evening boosts a woman’s confidence and then motivates her to exercise afterwards, go ahead and wear it. In a similar fashion, Spanx makes a lot of money helping women hold in various parts of their body. As in other parts of life, everything in moderation is the best advice. Don’t wear a waist trainer 24/7 no matter how they market it to you. Instead, go exercise, be healthy, and enjoy life.

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About the Author
Cindy Wendland has a background in marketing and finance. She is the creative director for an online men's health magazine, BrainBrawnBody.com, and she gets to write their leisure/travel blog. She is also a web designer helping her clients with online community engagement, websitesbywendland.com. Prior to her web years, she worked in pharmacy consulting.
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