We can finally say that summer is here! In the UK we've already been enjoying the longer days and BBQ sausages in May's warm weather, but with the school holidays approaching you might now be wondering how to incorporate your pelvic health into the change of routine?
Well look no further, we've put together 5 top tips to help you look after your pelvic floor this summer.
5. Drink Plenty of Water to Keep Everything Running Smoothly
Spending time in the sun will leave you dehydrated. Not only does this result in headaches and dry skin, H2O is essential for hydrating your body and flushing out toxins. Aiding digestion to keep your bodily functions running smoothly and protecting your pelvic floor from unnecessary strain.
If you are worried about little leaks, don't let this stop you from keeping hydrated. Keep up with your Kegel exercises and strengthen your pelvic floor so they are no longer an issue.
4. Steer Clear of Fizzy Drinks to Cut down on Toilet Trips
Nothing is better than sitting in a pub garden with a cold glass of lemonade. But did you know carbonated drinks irritate your bladder? If you want to cut down on your trips to the loo, swap out fizzy drinks for cold squash, or even better - water!
Caffeine, from coffee and energy drinks, is also a bladder irritant. Have eggs for breakfast to give you an energy boost that see's you through the morning.
Watch the sugar content in fizzy drinks as well. It's no secret that sugar has a negative effect on your body. But did you know its effect on muscles? It makes them more brittle and vulnerable to wear. Less than ideal for the pelvic floor.
3. Wear Clothing Which Protects Your Pelvic Floor
You may be religiously applying suntan lotion to yourself and your loved ones, but did you know there are products available to protect your pelvic floor?
Endorsed by Dame Kelly Holmes, EVB Support Shorts, Leggings and Briefs give your pelvic floor 71% extra support whilst you are on the move. Meaning you can exercise with confidence that you won't be having any leaks or making a prolapse worse.
2. Watch What You Eat to Avoid Constipation
This time of year we are even more vulnerable to food poisoning. Be it from contaminated water on holiday, or leftover BBQ food that's been sitting in the sun. It's important that you keep vigilant about what you eat and drink.
Getting constipated or suffering from diarrhoea causes havoc with your digestive system and can leave your pelvic floor sore and weak.
1. Continue with Your Kegels!
It's important that you don't forget to continue with your pelvic floor exercises over the summer. Whether you have just started our 12 week boot camp, or you are a veteran of weekly maintenance.
You should be as committed to your pelvic floor as you are with brushing your teeth. In fact, that's a great time to remember to do them.
You don't want to be thinking about having to wear pads with your swimming costume, dipping in and out of the water and spending most of your time on the pool side with your towel around your waist. You can avoid those little leaks, and more embarrassing moments, by strengthening your pelvic floor.
Knowing how to correctly exercise your pelvic floor can be difficult. Over 30% of women don’t know how to perform a successful pelvic floor muscle contraction!
Using an electronic pelvic floor toner can remove all of the guesswork. Your body uses electrical impulses all of the time to send messages to nerves and muscles – an electronic pelvic toner, such as the Kegel8 Ultra 20 Electronic Pelvic Toner, uses the same technique.
The Kegel8 Ultra 20 Electronic Pelvic Floor Toner uses NMES (neuromuscular electrical stimulation) to send electrical impulses, via a probe or electrode pads, to the muscles of your pelvic floor in order to stimulate a contraction. These contractions exercise the pelvic floor muscles automatically, building strength and tone when performed regularly.
Your thoughts on the Kegel8 Ultra 20 Electronic Pelvic Toner
Mags - Fantastic product!
"I have been suffering with vulvodynia for 2 years and have tried everything on an endless list of self help. I am currently on medication which makes me tired and doesn't help very much. One of the things on the list was weak pelvic floor, so after research I found the Kegel8 Ultra 20. I am happy to say after using the Kegel for just 4 weeks I have been symptom free for 7 days. "
Caz - Excellent!
"I’m extremely impressed with this machine. After trying pelvic floor exercises for a year, with disappointing results, I decided to splash out on a Kegel8 Ultra 20. I have only been using the device for a month but have seen a definite improvement already. I was mortified and embarrassed when my pelvic floor was weakened and wish I’d have known about Kegel8 at the beginning."