Learn techniques for strengthening and protecting the pelvic floor during exercise.
Each week I talk to you all about staying fit and healthy, I try my best to motivate you all into taking steps to look after your entire body both inside and out. This includes our nutrition choices and the way that we exercise.
We all come from different life experiences which can often take its toll on the conditioning of the body. Over a lifetime of living, our body can start to develop imbalances, weakness and injuries and we often find the things we could do when we were younger we no longer can push ourselves the same way.
This by no means should be the reason to give up on exercise and your fitness goals. In fact, it can be used as the motivation to make some positive changes.
What it does mean is that we need to become more aware, recognise our limitations and learn to listen to what our bodies can and can’t do.
There are so many options for better fitness and health - it is a matter of finding the right way to exercise so that you improve and make progress with your goals and not hinder the results you are looking for.
Talking with your doctor, physiotherapist, and exercise professional may be the best way to start to explore options, especially if you have a health, medical condition or an ongoing injury.
One of the most common issues I find for women, after child birth and as we age, is pelvic floor weakness (men can also have pelvic floor weakness after prostrate surgery). It is one of those sensitive topics that can be difficult to bring up and discuss, but it is extremely important to find the right ways to exercise if you are experiencing pelvic floor weakness.
Some exercises put increased downward pressure on the pelvic floor, which can weaken the muscles and connective tissues these – especially with repetition and over time. A weak or damaged pelvic floor can contribute to disorders like incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, so making sure it is not strained during exercise is important.
Moderate exercise and being healthy is beneficial for the pelvic floor, but you need to be aware of the risks and learn techniques for strengthening and protecting the pelvic floor during exercise.
Here are some examples of ways you can help take care of your pelvic floor:
Remember ‘Rome was not built in a day’ – so make sure you start off slowly and build your strength and fitness over time. It is better to set up the correct exercise routine for your body, one that considers your health, conditioning and end goal - then you can enjoy the results!
Shelley Myatt is the owner and operator of Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-Being, Columnist, Life Coach & Motivational Speaker based in Toowoomba, Qld.