Even Jessica Alba, Amber Rose and the Kardashian sisters have succumbed to the fashion of waist training corsets to reshape the silhouette and lose weight. But are spanx reducing garments effective for exercise (and walking on red carpets)-or can they have harmful effects on the body? What are the differences with compression garments for runners? With the help of an expert we analyze the latest fitness trend of celebrities.
The benefits of compression garments – socks, T-shirts and even tights – have long been talked about for the practice of some sporting activities such as running, since they improve the performance of the race and help to improve venous return and increase blood flow. However, we should not confuse these garments that, in the words of chiropractor Joseba Agote,”are a good ally for training and facilitate the recovery of the muscle and prevent injuries by overloading”, with the compression garments reducing that model the silhouette instantly. The latter are garments that exert a lot of pressure and are worn for a very long time. This sustained pressure can have harmful effects on the body,”he says. This is the case of waist training corsets, or tightlacing, corseting or waist training, the method with which Kim Kardashian and her sister Khloé boast on social networks of having reduced centimetres of waist and which basically consists of placing a girdle in the abdominal area with the aim of lowering centimetres.
Wearing the corset: an unhealthy practice
The false belief that wearing tight-fitting garments contributes to a shrinking waist that has been anchored since the 19th century, when the corset became the key piece of women’s clothing. But tightening your waist to the limit or wearing very tight garments is discouraged by many medical professionals, as it is associated with serious health problems – can cause pain and urinary tract infections, venous congestion, breathing problems, constipation…
Good posture, the key to defining the silhouette
If we want to shape the body, chiropractor Joseba Agote emphasizes the importance of working on posture without having to resort to torturous bodices. Obviously, if we want to have a defined silhouette, it is very important that we work our body. For this reason, it is essential that we have a good posture, which helps us to align our extremities and maintain a healthy and flexible spine that will ultimately be the support of our structure. Afterwards, once the postural problems that harm our health have been eliminated, we will be able to do sports and other activities that improve the silhouette and perception of our own body.
Compression and performance
A different case is the compressive garments that are used for sports activities and that some athletes use to improve performance, for example, in the case of running. In fact, its therapeutic application in the field of medicine has been known for years for the treatment of circulatory problems such as tired legs, fluid retention, thrombosis… (remember that it will always be the doctor or pharmacist who must assess the degree of compression and size most appropriate for each person. As for its effectiveness in muscle recovery, Dr. Agote endorses some of the studies that ensure that these garments designed specifically for sports help muscle tire less. After analyzing their pros and cons, I would say that they are a good ally in training, because it reduces the inflammatory response of the muscles, decreases edema and favors the elimination of toxins. They will also be effective as a preventive measure by minimizing the impact and vibration of the muscle. Not so much energy will be lost in the race and overload injuries are avoided. They also act by expelling sweat due to the composition of the fabric, so they keep the skin dry, increasing the sensation of comfort and act as thermal insulation and keep the muscles at the right temperature.