The bodyshap­ing fad you need to skip.

Elle (Canada) - - News -

Corset­ing your waist is as use­less as it is dan­ger­ous. “Wear­ing a corset for pro­longed pe­ri­ods can re­strict breath­ing and cause ab­dom­i­nal pain and even nerve dam­age,” says Dr. Dara Maker, a fam­ily physi­cian at Women’s Col­lege Hos­pi­tal in Toronto. GYM TIME “Waist train­ing is not go­ing to change the shape of your body,” says Mark Hen­dricks, re­gional group fit­ness trainer for Equinox Fit­ness, who be­lieves that stand­ing ab ex­er­cises are the most ef­fec­tive. He says to skip crunches and try “Franken­steins”: Be­gin­ning with feet hip-width apart, raise one leg, keep­ing it straight, to hip height, and then ex­tend the op­po­site arm out to touch toes. Re­peat on the other side. ■

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