With summer fast approaching (finally!) it’s a time where we all want to look and feel our best from the inside and out.
When having a strong ‘core’ springs to mind we often think of our superficial core, this being our abdominals. However, genuine core strength and stability comes from a deeper group of muscles referred to as the inner core. If you’re not engaging your inner core, the outer core will lack a firm foundation to function to its fullest. Your inner core is extremely important as it helps you breathe, give birth, flatten your belly and help protect you from injury.
INNOVO’s pelvic floor expert Jane Wake likes to refer to this important set of muscles as the ‘3D core’. It is made up of the diaphragm at the top; the deep abdominal muscles at the sides; the transversus abdominis; the multifidus, which runs up your back; and the pelvic floor, which sits at the base of the 3D core.
The pelvic floor muscles are quite possibly our bodies biggest unsung hero. These are a key set of deep muscles situated in the pelvis. They run from the frontal pubic bone to the base of the spine. Shaped like a basin the pelvic floor holds the pelvic organs (uterus, vagina, bowel and bladder) in place and supports the bladder to provide control when you visit the loo. A strong pelvic floor gives you the freedom to go about your day without having to plan toilet stops.
It is generally assumed that athletic women must have a strong pelvic floor because they have strong and defined muscles and work out regularly; however, this is often not the case. Intense abdominal exercises and vigorous training puts additional pressure on the pelvic floor, potentially impacting it in a detrimental way. So, no matter how many crunches you do, it is training your internal muscles that holds the key. Our pelvic floor expert Jane Wake worked with INNOVO to teach women how to exercise these key set of muscles, to view these videos click here for our YouTube page.
There are many stages in a woman’s life – including pregnancy, childbirth and menopause – which can weaken your pelvic floor which can lead to problems such as bladder weakness. When we go through these stages in our lives this is the time we should consider our inner core.
1 in 3 women in the UK are suffering from bladder weakness, so don’t suffer in silence! The good news is it is never too late to train and strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. Treat the root cause of bladder weakness and strengthen this important set of muscles with INNOVO.