The Exercise Zone

Pelvic floor exercises are not like any fitness work you’ve done before. They’re a simple, convenient way to get those vital muscles back into shape.

You see, pelvic floor muscles aren’t visible to other people, so no one can tell when you’re exercising them. This means you can do these exercises anywhere and any time you like: during office meetings, waiting at traffic lights or from the comfort of your favourite chair while watching TV.

When your core muscle group is weakened, poor posture, backache and bladder weakness can result.

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Bladder Retraining

This simple technique can help with urge incontinence. What you do is encourage your bladder to hold larger amounts of urine for longer and reduce the number of times you actually urinate. You do this by holding off ‘going’ for as long as possible to stop your bladder ‘exaggerating’ the need to go. You’ll find it gets easier over time. To help you monitor your progress, we suggest you keep a bladder diary. This will also prove useful should you decide to consult a healthcare advisor.

How Pelvic Floor Exercises can help

If you have stress incontinence (and sometimes with urge incontinence too) (Visit types to find out more) these exercises could be very beneficial. That’s because they strengthen the muscles that support the bladder and, as an added bonus, may also help trim your waist! Better still, you don’t have to be in the prime of life to benefit. Even men in their 70s and 80s can improve their symptoms, so it’s well worth a go!

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For a step-by-step guide to pelvic floor exercises visit our Exercise Area.