Urinary incontinence doesn't just affect post pregnancy and menopausal women. Active women and men are also at risk of bladder control issues.
What causes incontinence in active people?
High-impact activities, like running, gymnastics, CrossFit and HIIT training often involve the body hitting the ground hard, weakening the pelvic floor muscles and connective tissue that supports the bladder.
Many assume that an athletic or toned physique is evidence of a strong pelvic floor. However, intense abdominal exercises and vigorous training can weaken those muscles by putting additional pressure on the pelvic floor, compounding the issue. No matter how many crunches you do, training those internal muscles is paramount to maintaining a strong pelvic floor.
Pelvic floor muscles are no different, you need to strengthen them, especially for women who are predisposed to pelvic floor weakness. When starting any new fitness routine, it’s important to first assess weaknesses and incorporate preventative strengthening and learn proper form and technique. Pelvic floor strength is just another part of building base strength and discussing it as such is crucial to removing the stigma around the topic, and fighting the perception that incontinence is a symbol of hard work.
A strong pelvic floor is also beneficial for core strength. Pilates instructor and Pelvic Floor Expert Jane Wake explains:
“When we think of the core, we often think of the superficial core, i.e. the abdominals or ‘washboard stomach muscles’. However, genuine core strength comes from working the core muscles that lie underneath. I like to refer to this all-important inner core as the 3D core”.
Strengthening the 3D core
The 3D core that Jane refers to above, is made up of:
- The deep abdominal muscles at the sides (Transversus Abdominals)
- The stabilising spinal muscles which run up our back (Multifidus)
- The Diaphragm or ‘breathing muscle’
- The pelvic floor muscles
Strengthening your entire 3D core can reduce the risk of injuries while exercising or competing and can help you get more out of your workout. If you experience leaks while exercising, try to identify what’s causing it. For example, if you leak when doing a particular kind of cardiovascular activity, try scaling that back for a few weeks and before the problem gets worse, take control.
How to stop leaking while exercising
INNOVO provides a simple solution for active people to treat Urinary Incontinence from the comfort of home. Just like any muscle in the body, the pelvic floor muscles need to be exercised regularly and correctly, in order to maintain its strength and control over the bladder.
Easy to use, comfortable to wear, and clinically proven to work, INNOVO is a completely non-invasive solution that helps you safely and effortlessly treat urinary incontinence by strengthening and re-educating the entire network of pelvic floor muscles through gentle muscle stimulation.
Real results. And in just 30 minutes a day.
Using INNOVO for just 30 minutes p/day, five days p/week has been proven to treat bladder weakness, and is as little as 4 weeks1.
There are no probes to insert, just pull on the shorts, connect the controller and let INNOVO do the hard work for you. And best of all, it actually works! A clinical study found that:
- 80% of users saw a significant reduction in leaks after just 4 weeks1
- 87% of users were defined as dry or almost dry after 12 weeks2
- 90% of users would recommend the therapy to others3
INNOVO is suitable for use by women and men of all ages, and effectively treats Stress, Urge and Mixed Incontinence.
A proven solution or a lifetime of pads? Start your INNOVO journey today from just £41.50 on our interest free pay by instalment plan.