It’s important when wearing a corset constantly to exercise properly and to eat correctly given that your stomach is constrained.
While wearing your training corset your movement is restricted and your lung capacity is lessened. This makes a lot of physical activities impractical while laced up and as a result you will tend to get less exercise. You should therefore have an exercise plan, (take your corset off to exercise, obviously) jogging is a great form of exercise for a tight-lacer as it s cardiovascular (gets the heart rate up).
Another side effect of wearing a corset is a weakening of the muscles in your back and torso. The corset supports the upper body taking the stress off of the core muscles responsible for holding the top half of your body upright. These muscles then weaken over time and so must be strengthened as part of a regular exercise routine. There are specific exercise positions that are great for strengthening these muscles; like the plank – where you take up a press-up position with your arms & back straight and hands and toes supporting your weight, or the boat – lay on your back then lift your feet and shoulders off the ground a few inches. These are both non-impact exercises that use gravity to work the muscles that wrap round your torso. Ask any gym staff for core and back exercises and they should easily be able to help you find some that suit you.
When it comes to diet you’ll find that eating little and often is the best method as large meals will make you feel uncomfortable and won’t do your digestive system any favors. Five mini meals rather than three a day is normal for someone on a waist training regime. Its also easier to digest smaller meals and less food gets stored as fat when you eat in this way regardless of whether your corset training or not. When out at a restaurant you may feel the urge to clear your plate but don’t force yourself to eat – you won’t enjoy the food and you’ll suffer for it too. If eating more will make you uncomfortably full, put your knife and fork down, even if you’ve eaten less than half the plate. As always, listen to your body.
Another thing to watch out for is cold drinks. A cold drink will trick your stomach into thinking its emptier than it really is so avoid drinking too much with meals. Lastly always make sure you get enough fibre in your diet and plenty of vegetables and fruit as, besides needing the nutrients, you’ll find that compressing your abdomen can cause constipation, one of the less attractive side effects of tight-lacing!