Smoking and corset waist training

Heidi in KK for ROMANTASY back viewRan across the below information on smoking that seems particularly appropriate for waist trainees.

The primary reason we recommend corset waist training is to improve your health for the long run, and the secondary reason, is to shrink your waistline and maintain it below 35″ for women and 40″ for men. Those are the measurements that signify increased risk to your health, and over those stats, it signifies the expansion of deep organ-covering visceral fat—the dangerous kind.

Of course, our size  and weight is not lockstep connected to health; being somewhere in the middle is a nice goal for most of us. But no matter, there are some practicalities that you may have to accommodate to or surmount if you try fashionable and fun custom corsetry as a method for figure training. One is breathing– which becomes limited the more you lace down. It’s the same when you get hay fever attacks, allergies, or colds, or during pregnancy.

While you might not want to run a marathon while tightly corseted, if you are not sick and not smoking, you can readily accommodate breathing  to fill the upper register of your lungs when you can’t do deep belly breathing. With practice you can bike, hike, jog, play golf, walk and more when corseted moderately, but usually at a slower, less vigorous pace. Ms. T., my present waist-training student, loves to go dancing (swing, I believe it is) when corseted from a 27″ waist down to 25.5″ (24.5″ under her corset). Still, a number of my European bike friends can ride 20 to 30 miles while corseted, and have no trouble completing that circuit.

But what if you smoke? You are taking a dangerous step to then try to waist train and keep up that smoking practice. You’re already restricting your breathing with the corset. I just returned from visiting a friend in SoCal, a Type One diabetic and a practical nurse who, after stopping for 10 yrs, took up smoking again. She reaches for a ciggie every few minutes now, because she’s under stress and in the throws of packing up her four bedroom house to move down the street and downsize. I helped her for a few days as much as I could until I had to return home, in large part because my eyes started closing down and smarting from the smoke in her house and household contents. It happened even although she stepped outside or into her bedroom behind closed doors to smoke. Smoking  now constantly distracts her attention as well as fills her lungs with poison. Almost incomprehensible, considering how knowledgeable she is about health—apparently for others, but not for herself.

Making change is tough, especially concerning physically addictive habits. I know. I quit alcohol, smoking, and recently, added refined sugar. Seems there is always something that comes along that I need to quit!

Sometimes participating in a coach-sponsored short-term experiment such as our three-month corset training program can provide you with enough support and accountability to break a habit you might be ready to break. One of my students a few years ago, came home from a busy profession and had at least two drinks each night during the week in order to unwind (she said). This was before she began training in her corset. She was able to cut back to one drink every other night or less, during the three months. Her Maintenance Plan implemented after the three months,  included the element of limited alcohol intake, so that she could maintain the figure-shaping benefits she experienced during training. I hope this has been true for her, although she is wont to respond to any of our followup contacts and questionnaires. I truly hope  and expect that that’s not bad news.

Once we break a habit, it’s critical to not look back, and to maintain a support system to keep us on track. Sure, we can fall off any wagon, but we have to get right back up. It may take time to get the bad substance totally out of our tissues and feel really good again, but we have to persist long enough for that to happen. That’s one of the things that gives me the most pleasure in my work:  helping my students take a step they decide they want to take to improve their heath, but they just needed a little support and discipline on a daily basis to do so.

How do you change habits when you know you want to, or must? Please don’t let a serious and/or life-threatening health scare have to be your motivating push. I hope I can help!


“I think one of the main reasons it’s so hard to quit smoking is because all the benefits of quitting and all the dangers of continuing seem very far away. Well, here’s a little timeline about some of the more immediate effects of quitting smoking and how that will affect your body RIGHT NOW.

* In 20 minutes your blood pressure will drop back down to normal.
* In 8 hours the carbon monoxide (a toxic gas) levels in your blood stream will drop by half, and oxygen levels will return to normal.
* In 48 hours your chance of having a heart attack will have decreased. All nicotine will have left your body. Your sense of taste and smell will return to a normal level.
* In 72 hours your bronchial tubes will relax, and your energy levels will increase.
* In 2 weeks your circulation will increase, and it will continue to improve for the next 10 weeks.
* In three to nine months coughs, wheezing and breathing problems will dissipate as your lung capacity improves by 10%.
* In 1 year your risk of having a heart attack will have dropped by half.
* In 5 years your risk of having a stroke returns to that of a non-smoker.
* In 10 years your risk of lung cancer will have returned to that of a non-smoker.
* In 15 years your risk of heart attack will have returned to that of a non-smoker.

So, you have more immediate things to look forward to if you quit now besides just freaking out about not being able to smoke. Quit now!”



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