Exercise and Your Pelvic FloorOur Kegel8 reviewer told us how she’s had two children, and suffers from hormone imbalance, which contributes to a weak pelvic floor. This isn’t normally a problem for her, except for when she exercises. She says that when she does star jumps or jogs, she desperately needs to run to the toilet, which is a problem that a lot of women are able to relate to. That’s the reason our reviewer starting using her Kegel8 Ultra 20 pelvic toner.
Kegel8 Top Tip - Keep Your Core SafeWhen you’re exercising, think about your pelvic floor. Intense abdominal exercises can be really damaging to your pelvic floor as they can put a lot of extra strain on the muscles. We recommend you watch this video by leading Australian women’s physiotherapist Michelle Kenway of pelvicexercises.com.au for some great advice on pelvic floor-safe core exercises.
On a recent visit to Edinburgh, women’s physiotherapist Elaine Miller of @GussieGrips told us how when we run, with every step, three times our body weight goes through our pelvic floor. So in real terms, if you weigh 10 stone, with every step 30 stone goes through your pelvic floor. So, if you suffer from pelvic floor weakness, running maybe isn’t the best exercise for you. Lower impact exercise such as swimming, walking and using the cross-trainer all get your heart beat up and are great exercise, but put much less strain on your pelvic floor.
Kegel8 Top Tip - Workouts for Pelvic HealthDid you know as many as 50% of women suffer from some form of pelvic organ prolapse? Prolapse is caused by weak pelvic floor muscles, and if you suffer from prolapse, you don’t need to stop exercising, you just need to take extra care when exercising to make sure you don’t do any exercises that could make the problem worse. Again, we recommend you watch Michelle Kenway’s video on prolapse-safe exercises for some great advice on how you can exercise while protecting your pelvic floor and your prolapse.
And of course, when you are exercising, it’s important to strengthen your pelvic floor too. There’s no point toning and strengthening the outside of your body if the inside is weak and sagging, and just because we can’t see our pelvic floor muscles, it doesn’t mean they’re not important.