There are three questions that you should ask yourself when exercising that often get over looked or just written off as a part of life. It is becoming a lot more common for us to ignore the signs from our body, and not discuss bodily functions that need to be addressed. The 3 important questions to ask is : during exercise
• Do you feel any urgency to go to the toilet before or during a session?
• Do you feel any discomfort in your pelvic region?
• Do you find it difficult to hold in wind?
Did you answer yes to any of these questions? If so, it is important you seek help, whether it be from a women’s health physio or your training. If not addressed, it may get worse or lead to other implications or consequences. 75% of women will experience pelvic floor dysfunction at some point in their lives and as long as it is correctly addressed, you don’t have to stop everything that you’re doing. It’s about being safe and smart, engaging the right muscle correctly to protect yourself.
Let’s change the way we think about women’s health and both educate and talk about these issues. Women should no longer have to suffer in silence or give away exercise because they are embarrassed. There are a lot of great resources online, Pelvic Floor First is a great example, if you’re worried you’re at risk or if you’re in the early stages.
Finally remember that males have a pelvic floor as well and need to take care of it as much as women.