For many people living with incontinence, being active is feared and sometimes avoided, believing that movement will increase risks of a mishap. The truth is, the right exercise can actually help you manage your condition and ensure you are out enjoying the things you love most.
Specialising in senior’s health and fitness, Courtney Phillips, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, understands that there’s not necessarily a one-size-fits-all approach to exercise and there can be some barriers to overcome. She shares some of her insights and top tips with us.
A lover of the outdoors and travel, I understand what it’s like to be caught out by an unexpected urgency and appreciate the importance of managing conditions such as incontinence so you can continue to live the life you love.
I have learned that it is important to remember that incontinence is a symptom of an area of weakness in your body that can be managed and doesn’t have to limit your lifestyle. Everyone’s body has been through a lifetime of experiences different to the person next to them, so it’s important to remember that when choosing appropriate exercises.
The most common questions we get from people living with incontinence are around what types of exercises are best or if they can even exercise at all. The answer is YES, there’s plenty we can get you doing!
The best exercises to combat bladder leakage are those that focus on the pelvic floor muscles. Like any other muscle in the body, it is important to look after and to exercise the pelvic floor muscles to keep them strong and functioning as they should.
It is important to seek advice from an Accredited Exercise Physiologist before beginning pelvic floor exercises, but here are some simple tips to remember day to day:
Men and women of all ages suffer from varying degrees of incontinence and there is plenty of help available to help manage it. Speaking to family, friends and health professionals is a good way for you to find the right support and strategies for managing your incontinence. With the right combination of expert guidance, protective products and exercise, you don’t have to give up your lifestyle.
Courtney Phillips is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who has worked with Active Seniors Health Centre since 2012. Active Seniors Health Centres focus on promoting healthy lifestyles through exercise, education and social interaction in a safe, caring and friendly environment.