What’s a Good Waist Training Regimen?

Good Waist Training Regimen

When you put on a new pair of pumps, they’re bound to pinch your toes and leave you with blisters if you wear them all day. Over time, however, you’ll break them in and they’ll start to feel like pillows on your feet. Okay, let’s not get crazy. Stilettos are never going to feel like orthopedic shoes (or look like them, thank goodness), but they will get more wearable with time, provided you pay for a good pair.

The same basic idea applies to purchasing corsets and starting your waist-training regimen. In the beginning, it’s going to be hard to wear a corset all day if you’ve never done it before. You might want to immediately cinch four or five inches off your waistline. This is a recipe for disaster, though. If you want to succeed in the long term, you need to follow a sensible waist-training regimen. Here are a few guidelines to consider.

Starting Out

First and foremost, you need the right corset [See: How to Choose the Right Corset Style for Your Body Type]. This isn’t necessarily part of your regimen, but it can make a world of difference. If your pumps were a size too small, there’s a good chance you’d only bother trying to squeeze your feet in like Cinderella’s stepsisters once before you gave up and admired your pretty, uncomfortable shoes from afar. You need to try different waist trainers to find the right style and size.

From there you should start your waist training regimen wearing your corset just 1-2 hours a day so you can get used to the feeling of moving around in it. Additionally, you should tighten the laces until it’s just snug. This is not only essential for your own comfort, but to season the corset. In time it will relax and begin to conform to your shape as you slowly tighten it, but in the beginning, you need to ease both your body and your corset into the process.

Upping the Ante

When to tighten? That is the question. The answer is a bit vague. You should start to increase daily wear and tightness when you’re ready. If you’ve been wearing your corset two hours a day and it feels great, try adding a 1-2 more hours. Do this in weekly increments if you’re comfortable.

When you’re confidently wearing your corset all day, start to tighten the laces a little more (track it by measuring your waist), say half an inch at a time. Just remember you can always back off if you’re uncomfortable, or even take days off.

Be Flexible

This is understandably difficult in a tightly cinched corset, but we’re not talking about doing cat and cow poses while wearing your corset. In any type of physical training regimen, you need to be aware and pay attention to what your body is telling you.

If you have difficulty breathing or engaging in daily activities, you experience extreme discomfort, or you start to notice bruising as a result of cinching your corset, it’s time to dial it back. Some discomfort is to be expected as you season your corset and adjust to your waist-training regimen, but you should never find yourself in pain or harming your body. The whole point is to look and feel your best!

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