Pelvic floor safe exercise for aqua
When Pelvic Floor First ambassadors Marietta Mehanni and Dianne Edmonds jumped in the pool together, they put their pelvic floors first when they tested a number of aqua moves. There were many moves that posed no problem for the fit pelvic floor, but what about for those women who have a pelvic floor problem?
While being in the water can support the pelvic floor, they found that when using buoyancy equipment, there are challenges for the pelvic floor when the resistance increases. For example, women might inadvertently hold their breath when they move the equipment through the water, which can place downward pressure on the pelvic floor.
To reduce the resistance, women who enjoy exercising in the water can lift the equipment out of the water or not push the equipment down as deeply. They can also lift their pelvic floor first, then push the equipment more slowly through the water, while maintaining a pelvic floor lift. Some women may fatigue or not be able to hold up their pelvic floor, particularly if it is weak and their hold time is less than five seconds. Breathing out with each movement can help to reduce the downward pressure on the pelvic floor, as can avoiding exercises that cause you to hold your breath.
Water provides good support for the pelvic floor and is a great option for women who are overweight, are pregnant, or who have joint problems that limits their ability to exercise on land. For more information on aqua exercise and the pelvic floor, read Aquacise your pelvic floor.