We're familiar with all the conventional reasons for investing in a quality waist trainer. It can help you on your weight loss journey, and give you a sexy waistline like an hourglass figure. But, aside from these, did you know it can improve your overall quality of life?
Poor posture occurs when your spine is aligned and specific muscles tighten while others weaken. Poor posture can lead to a host of medical problems – not to mention, it doesn’t look that great! There are many causes for poor posture and an equal number of painful 'solutions'. Luckily, poor posture can be remedied in a much easier way! Spoiler alert: waist trainers are the way to go to fix poor posture!
At Luxx Curves, we're all about the highest quality products, dedication to your journey, and providing you with access to advice and support from real people. We've put in the hours to perfect our craft, and we've done our fair share of research along the way. Here's the science behind how a waist trainer can help improve your posture and your life!
Do You Have Poor Posture?
Firstly, how do you know if you actually have poor posture? As a child, you may have been told to stand up straight. But there's more to posture than simply standing upright.
Your daily routine may involve spending hours working in front of a computer screen, lugging a heavy backpack or bag around, or simply slouching in bed or on a sofa (we’re all a little guilty of this one). We have a quick method of measuring how poor your posture is and merely involves standing against a wall.
Here's how to perform the bad-posture wall test:
Stand with your back to the wall. Place the back of your head on the wall. Ensure there is a gap of six inches between your heel and the wall.
Your shoulders and buttocks should be touching the wall. The gap between the wall and your neck or lower back should not be more than two inches wide.
If you've failed this test, we're sorry to inform you, but you’re part of the poor posture club!
Do you have ongoing neck and back pain?
A symptom of poor posture is persistent neck and back pain. This occurs when your body is not in the correct alignment as it should be. Misalignment begins to put a tremendous amount of pressure on your neck and back. In particular, your cervical muscles and ligaments can become strained. Imagine a beautiful bridge that does not have a well-distributed load or enough support: it is destined for structural failure!
Is there a hump on your upper back?
Another symptom (and consequence) of poor posture is a hunched back. Hunched backs occur when there is exaggerated forward rounding in the upper back region. Hunched backs are not very attractive and can cause discomfort. Quasimodo may be a loveable Disney character, but we wouldn't want to be him!
Is it too late to change your posture?
Experts at Harvard have given their verdict, and no, it is not too late to change your posture! This is true even if you're a little older, or you've sustained minor back injuries, or you have chronic back and neck pain. You don't even have to make drastic lifestyle changes or purchase costly equipment. With the right posture corrector and a few simple home exercises, you can correct your posture in no time.
Simple Exercises to Try at Home
Exercises that strengthen your upper back, chest, and core will help. These exercises include:
Push your shoulder blades together for 30 seconds. Relax and then repeat five times.
Clench your abdomen and suck your navel closer to your spine. Hold this position for three seconds, then relax and repeat five times.
Yoga stretches and poses strengthen muscles which help with posture.
Take regular walk breaks from sitting at your desk.
How Does Poor Posture Affect Your Body?
Poor posture means poor quality of life for many people. Unfortunately, the consequences of poor posture do not stop at neck pains and a hunched back. Poor posture can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance, lowering your self-esteem.
Your posture can become the root of several health issues, such as poor sleep, constipation, heartburn, scoliosis, headaches, and poor circulation. Let's look at the more serious health effects of poor posture on your body.
With your body not correctly aligned, your muscles are not able to function optimally. This means certain muscle groups become overworked, and it becomes difficult for your body to relax when you lay down at night. Being unable to fall asleep, stay asleep for the entire night, or even enter a deeper state of sleep is extremely detrimental to your health and productivity. After all, we need our eight hours of beauty sleep!
Can cause incontinence or constipation
Poor posture often means that your abdomen is compressed, and your organs don't have enough room. In life, it's important to keep things moving, and that includes regular bowel movements. Incontinence or constipation can cause straining and discomfort. This can even lead to hemorrhoids, anal fissures, colonic and urologic disorders!
Will increase heartburn
A compressed abdomen can also mean an increase in heartburn after meals. Your poor posture can result in stomach acid flowing up into your esophagus, which is a very unpleasant feeling. Stomach acid is one of the most potent acids on Earth. So if there's a way to prevent it from coming up, you should definitely try it!
The constant stress on your neck and upper back muscles can lead to unbearable, persistent headaches or even migraines! Tense muscles around your head cause headaches. These can differ in severity from tension and cluster headaches to full-blown migraines. Many of these severe headaches can make everyday life difficult or downright debilitating.
Poor blood circulation
Poor posture, caused by sitting at a desk all day, can lead to poor blood circulation and make you vulnerable to varicose veins. Poor circulation also leads to skin discoloration, swelling, and even ulcers. These conditions are unpleasant to look at and even more unpleasant to live with.
Do Corsets Help Or Hurt Posture?
Corsets can do more than give you that desirable hourglass shape, make it easy to burn fat and make you feel sexier than ever. In addition, a lacing corset should help you maintain better posture by keeping your shoulders back and pushing your chest out. It's much less effort than performing daily exercises, and it's much more fun! But there are some things to know about using a corset, waist trainer or shapewear to help your posture.
Wearing the wrong type of corset can make matters worse.
Finding the right corset is about more than just finding the correct size. It's about finding the corset that suits your unique needs. There is nothing like wearing a bespoke corset, custom tailored for your body and your personality. While an under-bust corset or waist trainer may be the right corset for some people, it's not going to help if you're looking for more than lower back support.
Neither will halter straps help with posture as this style pushes your neck and head forward. This makes it easy for the shoulders to slouch and a hump to continue to form on your back.
Most importantly, high-quality corsets like Luxx Curves waist trainers will provide comfortable back support helping in back pain relief, and our team is dedicated to finding you the right waist trainer.
Over-use (over 8 hours) of a corset daily can make muscles weaken
Corsets and waist trainers should be worn for the recommended amount of time for maximum results. Specially wearing an underbust corset or an overbust corset for more than eight hours every day is risky and will not benefit your posture. Poor posture can be caused and made worse by weak muscles. Core strength is involved in maintaining proper posture, and long-term corset wear can weaken these core muscles.
To strengthen these muscles, you can try core exercises such as sit-ups and planks. But we're sure you'll agree that it's easier to simply remove your waist trainer corset after eight hours than do a plank!
Our flexible steel bone waist trainers are made with comfort and posture in mind!
Our 25 flexible steel boning waist trainers are built to give you the smallest waist possible. But the benefits to owning this Luxx Curves waist trainer or waist cinchers are endless! So say goodbye to slouching!
Unlike the name suggests, our flexible steel bone waist trainers are not as flexible as our traditional Luxx Curves Waist Trainers. This breathable waist trainer is great for your back as it helps in posture correction and promotes a rigid, upright posture. In addition, it forces the shoulders, back, and neck to align with the rest of the spine. If you attempted to hold this position for a few hours, you would get tired and give up. Wearing a comfortable waist trainer will train your body to align in this position naturally.
Our waist trainer is still flexible enough to provide posture support, comfort and ease of wear. Composed of natural latex, spandex, and cotton, our steel bones corsets are incredibly comfortable to wear in any type of weather! These waist trainers can be worn for up to four to six hours a day and cannot be worn while sitting for long periods. Long periods of sitting can lead to bad posture, and this waist trainer will remind you to get up and get moving!
Getting Started With Waist Training For Posture Correction
We've spoken enough about poor posture, but what is good posture? Traits of good posture include a neutrally positioned spine and limited stress and wear on your muscle groups, joints, and ligaments.
It's important to note that good posture is different for everyone as our bodies are all different. Correct posture will ensure you maintain your balance, keep your joints flexible and reduce stress on your body. With poor posture, you may notice discomfort and stiffness in your joints, like your knees, over time.
Sure, you can begin correcting your posture with a few back and muscle strengthening exercises. But we suggest investing in a high-quality waist trainer or back brace. This will speed your journey up and make the whole process more fun!
The perfect waist trainer for bettering your posture will provide lumbar support to your entire back and pull your neck and shoulders back. This is where our 25 steel bone waist trainer really shines. Luxx Curves' 25 steel bone waist trainers will give you several benefits such as provide lumbar and upper back support, push your shoulder blades together, keep your neck aligned and prevent slouching or hunching.
It's the ultimate waist trainer and a back posture corrector. We dare you to find a more high-quality product at our price point!
Poor posture is the misalignment of your spinal column and weakening the upper back and core muscles. This can be seen in slouching shoulders, humped backs, and forward-leaning necks. Poor posture can ruin your quality of life by causing sleep disturbances, poor circulation, constipation, heartburn, and persistent headaches.
This is where we love to toot our own horn so to speak. We have a range of waist trainers that provide the necessary back support, prevent your shoulders from sagging, and your muscles from becoming overworked or weakened. You can get a waist trainer from amazon or corsets from any other corsetry. But finding the correct waist trainer, like Luxx Curves' 25 steel bone waist trainer, is essential. A high-quality, good-fitting body shaper and proper waist trainer can correct posture much quicker and easier than simply doing strengthening exercises - don’t take our word for it! Get yourself a waist trainer and see for yourself!