I recently came across a great resource I would like to share with my 9 Kid Fitness readers (at least the women in the group)! As you might know from reading my blog I am always seeking ways to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and I believe those muscles are a crucial part of our core. As I get older and continue to exercise, pelvic health has become even more important to my overall health and especially to my ability to stay functionally fit! What do I mean by functionally fit? My fitness is so much more than simply my daily workouts … I need to be “fit for life” and that means for all of the different roles I have and for the many daily demands that I face (#9 is three and as the baby of the family…still loves to be held)! Although the “demands” may change, they will only continue to be varied as I get older. In other words I need to be fit for all of my life, not just for the hour or so a day that I workout.
Wetmatters – http://wetmatters.com/Blog.htm is a website hosted by two women, Elizabeth Houser PT and Stepanie Hahn MD, who have come together and written a book entitled A Women’s Guide to Pelvic Health …Expert Advice for Women of all Ages. Their website is a terrific source for all women who feel that pelvic health is an important concern. Addressing the fact that women’s pelvic floor issues vary, their website has a section called “How the story ends” and it says: If you are like most women who suffer from pelvic floor weakness, then finding the right treatment for your conditions can sometimes be a journey. The good news is that for the majority of women the story ends well, often with complete cure. Check out how the story ends for each of the women featured on our website, and then decide how you want your own story to end. The key is that there is a shared theme among all of these stories: hope. If you suffer from urinary incontinence, decreased sexual satisfaction, or other symptoms of pelvic floor weakness, don’t give up! There is hope and a high probability of a happy ending for you.
Check out their website, and especially their blog post entitled 7 Tips for Coping with Urine Leakage During Exercise and let me know what you think. Do you have any other great websites/blogs you would like to share with us?