Health

What to Look For When Buying a Waist Cincher – Info Guide

Waist Cincher Tips

Waist cinchers or waist trainers have become a worldwide hit. We may have spotted our favorite celebrities trying and swearing by the power of a waist cincher. For those who are new in the world of waist training, waist cincher is a garment used around the waist to achieve a slimmer midsection sooner than usual.

The debate continues as to whether or not a waist cincher is good for the health. Many, however, believe that a well-fitting waist cincher will not bring damage to your body like an ill-fitting waist trainer does.

For first time purchasers, it is important that you get the product that really works and worth the price. With the popularity of waist cinchers, it is not surprising that there are available trainers in the market or in the internet sold at an insanely cheap price. Considering the quality of materials and the long hours of labor involved in making a waist trainer, a garment being sold for a low price should stir your suspicion. Moreover, there are a couple of things that you should look for when buying the best waist cincher.

Right size

If you have done enough research, you already probably know that getting a waist trainer has to be in a perfect fit. Remember that in any fitness goal, your health should be the topmost priority. As the ultimate rule, your health should never be compromised. A waist cincher that is too tight for your body will have an adverse effect especially to the bones. Thus, getting the right size for a perfect is very importance, most especially when you are ordering online.

Quality of material or fabric

Waist training will normally last for a couple of hours and usually done everyday. The choice of the cincher has to be made of a fabric that does not irritate the skin especially with close contact to the same. It is important that the material feels comfortable to wear.

Boning

Boning is just as important as getting the right size for your body. The bones of the corset or trainer provide structure and support to the same. Today, waist trainers usually come with either plastic or steel boning. Steel bones, however, are considered more durable and provide more support. The bone type matters as it is the top secret in reshaping the body.

Pictures

This fourth one makes most sense when you purchase the waist trainer online. The thing is that high quality waist cinchers are not that accessible in some places, which is why some people purchase them online. The problem with this is that in certain cases, they do not get the garment that they see in the picture. It will also be of big help to ask for several photos of the cincher so you know how it looks like and how it can fit you. There are also descriptions about the garment may be made available to you so you can see for yourself.

Price

The popularity of the waist cinchers gave rise to a wide-ranging selection of garments. There are those which cost a lot, while some are still accessible to many. The price, however, is not an assurance as to how effective and durable the cincher may be. There are still high quality waist cinchers that you can purchase for a fraction of the price of the more expensive ones. In relation to that, keep an open mind when you see something that is bargained at the lowest price. As aforementioned, the cost for material used and labor demands a higher price than what is advertised by some.

After this post, I hope you can find the best waist trainer for you. Keep training!!

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How Does an Indoor Tanning Lotion Work: Learning More About its Benefits

How does an Indoor Tanning Lotion Work

Indoor tanning lotion gained extreme popularity at present due to the increasing number of people who want to get a good tan. If you are one of them, then it pays to pick the best indoor tanning lotion that suits your needs to make the most out of your tanning experience. You also need to become familiar about how this tanning lotion works and its specific benefits, so you will know if it is really good for you.

How Indoor Tanning Lotion Works?

Products specifically designed for indoor tanning have the ability to stimulate and enhance the natural tanning process of your body. It works by protecting your skin’s moisture levels, letting your pores open up and maximizing your exposure to UV. Through magnification, skin conditioning and moisturization, the product will work in regulating your body’s tanning process. This can provide you with a longer-lasting and deeper tan.

Most indoor tanning lotions that are known for their quality also feature a refractive prism composed of natural oils. This feature magnifies UV light, which is a huge help in intensifying the tan. The lotions also contain natural oils, vitamins, minerals, Aloe Vera, natural botanical extracts and anti-oxidants that are capable of providing your skin with extra moisture. This is necessary if achieving a darker and deeper tan with long-lasting effects is your main goal. All you have to do is to apply top-notch quality lotion into your skin before you enter the tanning booth or bed.

Here are the other positive things that the best indoor tanning lotion can do for you:

  • Moisturizes your skin – Tanning may cause your skin to become dehydrated due to the light and heat. You can prevent such dehydration from happening if you apply tanning lotion before the procedure. Note that it moisturizes your skin, which is good since moist skin is capable of tanning a lot better than dry skin. Aside from that, the lotion will also improve the health and texture of your skin. It can make it softer and reduce its likelihood of forming wrinkles.
  • Lets you save money and time – Your decision to use the tanning lotion will help intensify your tan. This will give you a darker and deeper tan that lasts long. You can save money and time when this happens because you no longer need to undergo the tanning procedure as often as before.
  • Stimulates long-lasting effects – Applying the lotion before the procedure will ensure that the tan will last longer. It can help hydrate your skin during the procedure, which is useful in preventing peeling and ensuring long-lasting effects.
  • Supplies your skin with essential vitamins and nutrients – Most indoor tanning lotions contain ingredients with essential vitamins and nutrients designed to nourish the skin and make it look healthier and softer.
  • Minimizes dry skin – With the tanning lotion applied to your skin, you can minimize the drying effects brought on by the UV rays. Note that the lotion also contains anti-aging ingredients that can help minimize the signs of premature aging including wrinkles.

Now that you know exactly what the best indoor tanning lotion can do for you, it is time to shop around and pick one that is safe and beneficial to your skin. Read more

Reaching Out to Youth

One of the hats I get to wear for my day job is the one that says I get to be the Chair of the Youth Subcommittee for the Utah Statewide Independent Living Council. This a fairly new hat that I have been given the opportunity to wear and I am still trying to wrap my head around what I need to do (which is ironic since hats are meant to wrap around our heads : ) to be effective in this role.

Right now the main objective of the Youth Subcommittee is to:
Develop/support a statewide effort to provide young adults with disabilities with greater awareness of the Independent Living philosophy and related community services that can support their transition to adulthood, increased independence and full inclusion in the broader community.

We even have some guiding activities to help us reach our objective. They include the following two activities at this point:
Activity 1: Provide existing groups of young adults with disabilities (such as transition classes in local school districts) with regular opportunities to learn about the history of Independent Living, the philosophy of IL, and the services offered by their local Center for Independent Living that can support their transition to adulthood and independent living.

Activity 2: Support the development of new and/or enhancement of existing youth centered activities in at least three of the Utah CIL’s to provide additional opportunities for young adults with disabilities to connect to their local CIL. Activities will be designed to support the involvement of youth in regular CIL activities and services and will encourage youth to become involved in the planning of additional activities/services that will better meet their collective and individual needs.

I will be the first to agree that the objective and activities can be improved as far as clarity and wording, but it is a start for our group as we work to take the big idea and break it into concrete activities that we can accomplish in a relatively short time with little to no budget.

My questions for all the experts out there, or at least those that have been doing this type of work longer than I : ) are:
1) What specific activities have you hosted at your CIL to get youth to come participate and connect with your services?
2) What kind of activities have you done to help youth learn about IL philosophy, history, and available services?
3) What kinds of activities have you planned for youth that they have found engaging, or better yet, how have you gotten youth involved in planning activities that they find meaningful and that connect them with your CIL and other important support programs?
4) What existing youth groups have you tried to connect with and what worked well or didn’t work?… Read more

Resource Spotlight

When we talk about transition issues for young adults with disabilities we often first think about the transition from school to work or from living at home to living independently. There is however, another important area of transition to think about when working with young adults who are transitioning to adulthood; this is the transition from pediatric care to adult healthcare providers.

Many youth with disabilities and/or complex medical issues have developed strong collaborative ties with pediatric care providers over many years of working together. Unfortunately, as young adults approach adulthood these pediatric providers are not always able to continue to provide this level of care to older patients. Although I know of many pediatricians that have continued to work with certain patients well into their 30’s, because of the strength of the relationship, this is often not practical from a regular practice perspective. This means that young adults need to plan for transitioning to an adult care provider that they can be comfortable with and who can continue to work collaboratively with them to address sometimes complex medical issues that the provider may not have a lot of experience with.

To help young adults, their families and other support personnel such as CIL staff help navigate this healthcare transition, The National Health Care Transition Center has created the Got Transition? website.

In their own words:
“Got Transition? is a national resource for health care professionals, families, youth, and state policy makers focusing on a young adult’s transition from pediatric to adult health care. This site serves as the basis for an information exchange about health care transition, particularly as pertaining to youth with special health care needs.

Transition tools and tips and other resources are available under each of the main categories of Youth, Family, Providers and States. These resources will grow and develop so visit us often.

Why This? Why Now?
Less than half of US youth with special health care needs receive the health care transition supports and services they need, according to the 2005-06 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs.

Health care professionals, youth and families each have essential roles to play in improving a youth or young adult’s transition from pediatric to adult health care. Positive transitions begin when youth and families are prepared for change and when pediatricians and adult primary care professionals have access to tools and concrete methods to address barriers and improve care for youth and young adults.”

When you visit the Got Transition? website be sure to check under the Youth tab for the resources section. My favorite resource listed is the “Healthy Transitions” link at the top of the list that takes you to an interactive site with video clips, transition planning tools, and even a social networking feature for young adults.

We would love to hear about what your center has done in the area of supporting young adults in the healthcare transition process. Please add a comment about your work in this area or questions you have for others about what they have done.Read more

Peer-Mentoring and You

Chances are at some point in your life you had a mentor/friend who took the time to take you by the hand (literally, for some of us) and helped you discover what you were truly capable of.

Mentoring programs, particularly peer-mentoring programs can be a tremendously effective way to help young adults “develop skills, knowledge, confidence and motivation” (Partners for Youth with Disabilities- Best Practices for Mentoring Youth with Disabilities).

While looking through my bookshelf for resources to help with my own peer-mentoring project, I came across a wonderful resource that I picked up a few years ago, it was a hardcopy of the Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) “Best Practices for Mentoring Youth with Disabilities”. This is a very well written and comprehensive guide to developing a peer-mentoring program for youth with disabilities.

Naturally, in today’s world the next thing I did was check out the PYD website to see what else they have put together since they did this guide several years ago. I was very happy to see that the original guide is available electronically along with several additional resources to support your efforts to establish a worthwhile peer-mentoring program at your CIL. Take some time to look through the PYD site, it will be worth it.

Also, don’t forget about the “Building an Effective, Comprehensive CIL Youth Program” training April 10-12 in Houston, Texas. Brush up on your peer-mentoring questions and come learn about:

• How “nothing about us without us” is especially important when involving youth in CIL programs
• What services and programs successful CILs are offering to support youth transition
• How successful CILs design, fund, staff, and operate their youth transition programs
• How to support transition from school to work, post-secondary education, adult health care, and independent living

The target audience for this training is CIL staff involved in youth transition services and supports, and those interested in expanding services in their centers and increasing the capacity of the youth in their communities.

For those of you currently running fantastic peer-mentoring programs with the youth in your CIL, drop us a line about what works best for you and what you would do differently if you had to start all over.… Read more