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5 Things All Women Should Know Before Trying A Waist Trainer in 2019

Master Fitness Trainer J. Stokes gives a expert look into facts women MUST know when trying waist trainers like Miss Belt or Genie Hourglass.

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3: What Problems A Waist Trainer May Actually Create In Your Body

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X-ray image of bruised ribs.

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Another problem with waist-training, ESPECIALLY if you use it improperly when exercising, is that it creates unwanted health effects. Yes, reduction in core strength would fall into this category, but it can also bruise your bones. The reason behind this has to do with creating tight constriction. As Dr. Holly Phillips asserts, “For [adult] women, your bones are formed. You can bruise them and harm them, but you can’t change them.”

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In addition to bruised ribs, there is also risk for heartburn or reflux. According to Caroline Apovian, MD, professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, and also a spokesperson for the national Obesity Society, waist-training pushes the stomach beyond the diaphragm, which can ultimately cause issues such as reflux.

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The mechanics of reflux in the diaphragm.

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Yet when you finally get down to brass tacks, and ask yourself the one question that trumps all others: how will a waist trainer like Miss Belt or Genie Hourglass affect your breathing during a time of the greatest physical demands?

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Jared Stokes is a Master Personal Trainer with an EdD in Health Education from Columbia University in New York City. Jared is the Co-Founder and current CEO of K3mistry Productions; a multifaceted organization that teaches and promotes advanced media literacy. Furthermore, Jared is Co-Host for the weekly AVIOT Podcast (Atypical Voices In Our Time). Jared Stokes has been TGNR's Health & Fitness contributor since November 2015.

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