A waist cincher is a bodice that is designed to make the waist smaller to give that natural feminine sexy silhouette. Latex Cincher , usually goes over the waist line and can run under the bust area to set it up and down your hips to tone them up. Latex waist cinchers and waist trainers are very popular because of the amazing properties of the material in serving the waist training needs.
Whereas waist cinchers are primarily designed to offer women that sexy curvy look, there are some that are designed for corrective reasons. The waist cinchers do come with a number of benefits but then again it is important to remember that you will only manage to enjoy these benefits when you choose the right cincher for your body shape and size.
1. They give you a small waist
The little waist is what every woman yearns for because it is what is considered ideal and this is exactly what your waist cincher will fetch you. The garments come lined with metal or plastic strips also known as boning to offer the much needed support around the waist. The boning is what packs the body into the shape desired hence giving that small waist effect to make you look stunning in your outfit.
2. They help improve posture
The boning on the garment is strong enough to keep your posture right; there are reduced chances of showing awful stance or slumping some when you are wearing a cincher. These garments in reality end up confining your development to a certain degree, thus improving your posture in the process.
3. They offer considerable back support
Back support is very important, especially when working out or when you are out strolling. When you have a waist cincher, you can utilize it for the occasion as a belt that offers you the back support that you need. When you wear it during workouts it does not only offer the back support to keep injuries and pains minimal but it can also help in firming the muscles and burning fats aiding weight loss in the end.
4. Waist cinchers can slim you down
If you are feeling conscious about your weight and you want to appear slimmer than you really are, then the cinchers are the way to go. The garments can be worn under clothes to conceal defects of bigger stomach or waist thus leaving you looking smaller. The results maybe temporary unless you are thinking of training your waist but at least the cincher will make it possible for you to look amazing in your favorite outfit especially when attending an important occasion.
5. They prepare the midsection for more grounding
Important to note is that waist cinchers are a little different from waist trainers basically around the results that they can get for you. The high pressure cinchers apply to the midsection helps in preparing it for more grounding, especially if you are thinking about graduating into waist training.
If you keep up with fashion trends, chances are you've heard a thing or two about waist cinchers. Many women have embraced the revival in corsets and waist trainers today! They have been around for 500 years or more... they're not exactly new! Back in the day, women fought for the right to go without wearing them. Now, they're back in style! Before you join in the fun, keep these things in mind.
What is a Waist Cincher, Exactly?
A waist cincher can also be known as a corset or waist trainer. It's an undergarment that wraps around the waist to give it shape. It has vertical steel boning in it to provide the contouring. It will have a laced-up portion, usually in the back, that can be used for adjusting the level of tightness on the waist.
When Did We Start Thinking that this was a Good Idea?
Between 1500 and 1550, they made corsets with whale bone instead of steel boning. They called them "bodices". By 1796, the high Empire waist came into style. With it, corsets didn't need to be as tight and restricting as they had been. They followed the more natural curve of a woman's body.
During the Victorian era, the Empire waist was gone and corsets were back with a vengeance. They added different materials into the build. Can you imagine a corset made of steel or wood? During the 1920's women started to rebel against wearing the uncomfortable contraptions.
The Dior couture look has been credited for bringing back the hourglass waist look in 1947. In the fifties, girdles did the job of keeping the average woman looking pretty in her A line dresses.
The sixties and seventies... well, we know what happened there. Women didn't even want to wear bras, let alone girdles or corsets. Fast forward to now. Spanx are in, waist trainers and corsets are back on the scene. It's interesting to wonder what comes in the future for underwear.
How a Waist Cincher Works
While you are wearing it, you may have a tiny waist. It works by pushing the water weight out of your waist. It can bend your ribs and shift your organs too. Some people talk about a lasting effect, but evidence shows that it's not true. The results will only be temporary, as it all goes back to normal shortly after you remove the cincher.
Some women love the look of tight lacing. This is just what it sounds like, and involves tightening up the lacing incrementally. Although this may be painful, it gives you the tiniest waist. Experts warn against lacing too tightly, and breaking a rib. Bruising in the ribs is not uncommon in women that choose to engage in tight lacing.
Do Cinchers Offer a Shortcut for Body Shaping?
We are all hoping for a shortcut... a pill, ointment, or device such as the waist cincher to help us have a nicer shape. It news is in - it's still diet and exercise that needs to be in place to lose weight and shape up. Always keep in mind that the shape of your waist is going to be directly related to your genetics. If hourglass waistlines run in your family, you've got a better chance than most of having one. Heredity is your best chance at a slim waist... or not!
Now, some women will swear by them. They insist that they've been proven for centuries. And that they definitely work in getting you the body shape you're looking for. It's true that women have depended on them through the ages. It's also true that women have suffered the effects on their bodies. Bruised and cracked ribs, organ damage, and fainting spells are the tradeoff for the perfect figure in waist cinchers.
Of course, plastic surgeons would argue that a better, safer result could be realized through surgery. Tummy tucks offer a way to immediately trim fat from the midsection. In cases of obesity, bariatric surgery will get the weight off, but under medical supervision.
For long term weight loss and body shaping, particularly in the waist, core exercises will do the trick. Add in some good aerobic exercise on a regular basis, and you're on your way to a slimmer waist.
Are Cinchers Safe to Use?
Aside from the questionable benefits, there are some real health dangers. Relying on a corset or waist cincher to trim those inches can cause damage. Here's the lowdown.
Using these things will cause problems with your breathing. This may lead to lung problems. This may lead to damage to the lungs. When you deprive your body of oxygen, you set yourself up for metabolic problems. These metabolic problems can lead to weight gain.
So, you may get the opposite effect from the results you set out to achieve.
I Still Want to Try It... What Should I Watch Out For?
What if all this information hasn't swayed you away from waist cincher and waist trainers? If you're going to go ahead with it anyway, keep the following in mind:
- Only wear the waist cincher for a few hours at a time.
- Wear one that fits properly - not too loose or too tight
- Stop and take it off if you feel any numbness, tingling, breathing trouble, or stomach pain
Wearing a waist cincher continuously will cause damage to your health and body. Your ribs may shift and become bruised. Your organs will most likely become redistributed or damaged.
Are There any Advantages to Wearing a Waist Cincher?
Actually, there is one. Looking on the bright side, there is a benefit for those who have had back pain, injury, or back surgery. Wearing a waist cincher or corset while recuperating may help. They can offer support and pain relief to those dealing with back issues.
Now, there is a fashion element to waist cinchers and corsets. Some women wear them outside their clothes to show them off.
I hope you found this information useful. Waist cinchers aren't for everyone, but make sure you have the facts before you start a waist training program!
The Holidays have come and gone, there has been much celebration, quality time spent with families and lots of memorable moments. As we roll into another year filled with hope and determination and a fresh list of New Years goals in our sights, ninety percent of us probably included a goal regarding health and exercise.
Which area do you suppose it is? What is the one area on the body that by making another area larger it looks smaller? Okay I'll tell you...the waist. By increasing the size of your shoulders and back you can create the illusion of having a smaller waist. Now granted this is fantastic if you are a bodybuilder and don't mind your latisimus dorsi (back muscles down the sides of your body) looking like Bruce Lee's. Men may not have an issue with that idea but most women aren't going for that look. While lifting weights specifically for your back and shoulder muscles will help to give the illusion of a smaller waist, in this article I will address other ways to achieve the goal of reducing your midsection.
The first step is to make peace with the body type and waist size you were born with and then take the appropriate steps towards shaping up what you have. Your waist size is essentially predetermined by your ribs and hip bone skeletal structure while the rest of your waist size is a result of how much fatty tissue surrounds the area. No one likes to hear that you must lose the fat to gain the prize because we all know it means things in our lives have to change.
How many of us happily gravitate towards change? Yes, it's true...change is hard, but without change, things, including your waist measurement, will stay the same. The reality is that the body has a mind of its own when left undisciplined. But with a bit of discipline and some old fashioned hard work you can become the master of your body. A smaller, tighter midsection and stronger core are all within your reach if you are ready to do what it takes. Before I discuss what you must do to reduce your waist size let's dispel some misconceptions that exist regarding this topic.
#1 Breathing exercises will shrink your waist
While it is true that breathing and diagrammatic exercises will tighten your tummy they will not reduce the body fat that expanded your tummy to begin with.
#2 Electronic Abdominal Exercise Belts will give you a six pack
These belts do nothing more than reduce the size of your wallet. Fortunately, most of the companies that lied in their claims on TV infomercials are now being sued in a class action suit for their false claims.
#3 Hundreds of crunches a day will give you a smaller waist
As a competitive fitness model, if this were true I should have the smallest waist on the planet. Unfortunately, I do not. I was born with wide hips and thus the size of my waist is proportionate to that fact. No matter how many crunches or leg lifts you do you cannot crunch your way to a tiny midsection. The fat around the waist needs to be shed before you will ever see the results of all those crunches.
Now that we know what doesn't work for obtaining a smaller waist, let's get to what does work.
Choose A Goal
First you must choose your goal. I will always sing the praises of goal setting. Why? Because it really does work. Okay, now that you've chosen a goal, write it down! Remember, seeing it in front of you each day in black and white makes all the difference. Do you want to lost five pounds overall? Do you want to just get a smaller waist so your pants aren't so tight? Do you want a smaller waist but also a stronger core (abdominal and back strength as a unit)? What's your goal? Whatever it is, choose it now.
Every goal in life usually takes hard work to get it and this is no different. If it were easy, America wouldn't have the obesity epidemic it has and everyone would have a waist the size of Pamela Anderson or Cher (and no I don't believe the rumor that she had a rib removed to reduce her waist size). So if you're ready to commit to the work here are some action steps to help you achieve a smaller waist.
The most important thing is not to skip meals so that when you finally eat you eat large unbalanced meals. Ideally, you should graze throughout the day. Small but frequent meals are one of the keys to a smaller waist. If you continuously train your stomach to expand with large meals, eventually it will permanently extend to accommodate this eating pattern. Small meals throughout the day (3 to 4 with a snack in between) will keep you satiated and your stomach won't have to keep expanding to allow room for the overabundance of food.
Also, eat slowly. Chew your food as this will aid in the digestion process. The slower you eat the sooner the brain will be able to register when you are full. You must allow time for this to occur. We tend to overeat when we eat in a rush. Try to make meal times relaxed. Be sure to eat a diet full of vegetables, grains, lean proteins and some good fats.
One last great tip, eat your last meal 2 to 3 hours before bedtime. This will give your body time to begin the digestion process before you lay down for bed and all your bodily functions begin to slow down. This simple habit will truly make a difference.
Probably the most important element on this mission to a smaller waist is that you begin to include exercise, cardiovascular as well as weight training, to your daily routine. If you want a great beginner's weight training routine, refer to our last issue of this magazine in my column or go online and look under "exercise programs for beginners" or whatever level you may be at.
Obviously, if you are carrying excess body fat around your waist the only way to make your waist smaller is by losing that fat. You must begin an exercise routine right away. Additionally, cardiovascular exercise needs to become your friend. Whether it is, walking at a brisk pace, jogging, biking, tennis, hiking, whatever it is, you need at least three days a week for thirty to sixty minutes a day to make a dent in the fat loss goal. Please be rigorous and ask yourself these questions as you do this cardio exercise. Are you working up a sweat? Are you feeling challenged? Are your glad when it's over? If you answered yes to these three questions, chances are your doing the cardio work at an appropriate level to encourage fat loss and changes in your body. Otherwise, why bother. Don't just go through the motions, do the work and the results will be yours!
Area Specific Exercises
I know in the beginning of this article I said all the crunches in the world wouldn't give you a smaller waist but once the excess fat is gone from your midsection, yes, abdominal exercises and core strengthening moves will give you the finishing touch to a tighter and smaller waist. I will describe three excellent exercises for working the midsection and core strength. Of course there are many others, but start with these and add others as you progress. Include these exercises 2-3 times per week with your new fitness program.
Basic Crunch (front abdominals)
Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Gently clasp your hands behind your head. Never pull on your neck. Slowly, curl up bringing your shoulders off the floor about 6-10 inches. Consciously tighten your midsection as you lift. Be sure to exhale as you curl up. Slowly lower. Repeat 15-20 times. Do three sets.
Twisting Crunches (side abdominals)
Begin in the same position as the basic crunch but this time bring your knees up, feet off the floor. With your hands clasped behind your head twist your upper body so your right elbow meets your left knee. Squeeze, then return to starting position. Now twist your body so that your left elbow meets your right knee. Squeeze and return to starting position. Repeat 10-15 times on each side. Do three sets.
Plank (core strength)
Lie face down on the floor. Place your hands and wrists directly under your shoulders. Press your toes into the floor. Firmly with total body strength, press up until your arms are locked out straight and your body is in a nearly straight line (as if you're about to do a push up). This is the movement. Simply hold this position for 15 seconds to start with. Then slowly lower down to the floor. Repeat three times. Work up to 30 second holds. This movement is an excellent core strengthener and will tighten many muscles if done regularly.
Follow the above suggestions and you should be well on your way to obtaining the waist size you desire, providing it's a realistic goal. Remember, there is no magic pill to any health and fitness desire. The only way to get there is through hard work, commitment and discipline. There is truly no better feeling than reaching your goal and knowing you did whatever it took to get there. So go for it...start today!
Rebecca Kordecki is available for fitness coaching/consultations and speaking engagements. Please visit http://www.rebeccakordecki.com for more information.