Waist training is a popular method both men and women use to achieve a desired figure. Most conversations surrounding it are either about best practices, types of trainers, or if there are any health concerns. There is little to no talk on whether or not an age limit is necessary. Since a waist trainer is still not recognized as a common undergarment, there are no laws pertaining to its safety measures. However, that does not mean that it should be done by just anyone.
So what age is it safest to start a waist trainer routine? Can anyone be “too young” or “too old”? Before tackling these, let us first explore how training affects our bodies.
How do waist trainers work?
Waist trainers are undergarments wrapped around your abdomen that provide powerful compression. They offer both instant and long term benefits, depending on your goals, discipline, nutrition, and level of activity. By putting one on, waist trainers can instantly take between 1 to 3 inches off your midsection. This is more prominent with a Classic Waist Trainer since these have an inner steel cage that gives extra compression and a more emphasized curve.
With a proper and consistent routine, training your waist can eventually help keep your abdominal area cinched up even without having the undergarment on. By this time, your internal organs and floating ribs would have already adjusted to the compression and molded to its form. However, this is not a permanent state and should be maintained if you want to keep the hourglass figure long term.
What do you mean by my internal organs and ribs would adjust?
As your training progresses, you are supposed to gradually tighten your undergarment. This level of constriction has a similar effect to when an expectant mother grows a baby inside her uterus. The rest of the body’s internal organs slowly adapt to the new space it is provided and gently moves around to accommodate that. This is perfectly safe and will not cause any damages, given that you train at a pace your body is comfortable in.
What this practice also does is slowly pull your two lower most ribs inwards along with the rest of your waistline. These two ribs are called your “floating ribs” and are meant to naturally adjust to its environment, so it is perfectly safe that they adapt to the compact position.
What other effects can waist training have on the body?
In some cases, utilizing a waist trainer can increase possibility of acid reflux. The reason behind this is that the stomach walls are much narrower than usual, causing stomach acid to be situated at a higher level. This is perfectly fine and should not cause any discomfort or digestive issues. However, if your diet heavily consists of fatty, sugary, and acidic food, these can trigger the stomach acid to build up and travel to the esophagus, causing acid reflux. To remedy this, cut back on the list of food above or you can loosen up your trainer during meals.
Others claim that they feel bloated when wearing a compression band. Trainers do not cause bloating on their own but can definitely intensify the feeling if you are already bloated due to other factors. Similar to acid reflux, loosening your trainer or taking it off for a quick break can help ease the discomfort.
What about any shortness of breath?
The lungs are part of the group of internal organs that will have to adapt to their new environment. Because of the smaller capacity, your lungs will switch up the breathing pace by taking in deeper and more frequent breaths. This does not mean you will have difficulty breathing. In fact, with regular use, you will eventually not even notice the shift in pace anymore.
This is one of the multiple reasons why using a Gym Waist Trainer when performing rigorous physical activities is recommended. These types of bands are designed to be more flexible and allow the wearer more room to breathe. They are also made of thermal material that helps increase the amount you sweat out – making your workout routine much more effective. An Everyday Waist Trainer is your second best option since these are intended for almost any form of activity.
So are they safe for children?
Given the information above, the use of corsets is best left to adults that can better control their lifestyle and body changes. Another major factor is that the practice of training one’s waist is a kind of body modification. With this in mind, it should be held to the same standards as its comparable activities such as tattooing and body piercing – which more often than not require you to be at least 18 to 21 years old. Apart from needing to be of legal age and make sound “adult” decisions, your body must be physically matured to take on the type of modification as well.
The child’s skeleton is still primarily made up of cartilage, a type of elastic connective tissue. The skeleton is made this way to nurture the child’s early stages of development and will then be replaced by bone as we age - with the help of calcium and other nutrients. Around the time we reach 25 years old, the process of cartilage turning into bone is complete and we stop growing since our bones are as big as they should be by then. Because of this, it is highly discouraged to have individuals under the age of 20 start waist training, and it is probably even best to wait till you are 25.
Are they safe for senior citizens?
This entirely depends on their health, lifestyle, medical history, pre-existing conditions, and also if they had waist training experience in the past. With age comes a few more health concerns to look out for and it is best to consult with a physician to see if you are fit enough to start a waist training routine.
Hourglass Waist was established in 2016 with the goal of delivering high-quality self-care waist trainers and shapewear to the women of Australia! We live by the motto of helping others, guiding them in their journey towards a more healthy and active lifestyle. With the help of Hourglass waist trainers, many women have reached levels of health that could never be imagined, with added psychological benefits as well! These include boosted confidence, better self-esteem and positive self-talk. Hourglass waist trainers and shapewear is designed to fit women of all shapes, sizes, age and demographic. Providing the best education on waist training, diet and exercise, ensuring all Hourglass Waist customers lose fat and build confidence.
Hourglass Waist has a simple dream, a world where every man and woman reach their highest self! This means optimum health both physically and mentally, reaching the best version in all aspects of life. This journey is not easy but with the help of shapewear, waist trainers and other self-care tools, women can find their natural curves and start living their best life! Founded in 2016, the team at Hourglass Waist are dedicated and passionate about fitness and weight loss. Amber, the founder and former personal assistant, knows how to get the maximum out of waist training and has used this knowledge to develop the best waist trimming products on the market.