Leaks are not just an issue for post-pregnancy and menopausal women. Active women are also at risk for urinary incontinence.
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.
If you experience leaks while exercising, try to identify what’s causing it. For example, if you leak when you are lifting weights or doing a particular kind of cardiovascular activity, try scaling that back for a few weeks and before the problem gets worse, take control.
INNOVO® gives you a simple solution to treat bladder weakness from the comfort of your own home allowing you to continue with your exercise routine, helping you reach your desired fitness goals – with confidence.
If you are a health and fitness professional, be sure to bring up the topic with clients who are at a greater risk for developing stress urinary incontinence. It may seem awkward to discuss, so try bundling the conversation in with core strength and how important strengthening those muscles can be.
In fact, over 50% of elite athletes suffer incontinence1, so don’t forget about the pelvic floor muscles as well as the core!
Additional information on INNOVO can be found on our Healthcare Professionals Page.
1 Source: http://www.running-physio.com/pelvic-floor/
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