Happy New Year! Annually, On January 1st, people around the world embark upon new exercise programs to launch their New Year’s Resolutions of getting (or remaining) healthy. Predictably, gym memberships will increase - have you seen some new faces this month?
While regular physical activity is a key to good health, incontinence can often get in the way. Below, we have shared some tips to consider (or share) if you (or someone you know) suffers from incontinence and wants to exercise.
Consider Your Clothing: Because you can never be confident you won’t experience leakage, dress appropriately. Loose fitting, black apparel camouflages issues until you can change (always carry an extra set of clothing). No one will even know you are dressing strategically; we bet at least half of those around will be wearing clothes similar to yours!
Cancel Caffeine: Limit caffeinated drinks prior to your workout. As we know, caffeine is a diuretic; it can lead to leakage. Remember though, you must stay hydrated when exercising - water is your best choice!
Be Ready: Prepare, prepare, prepare!! Use the restroom before you begin your workout; empty bladders cannot leak! And, consider utilizing one of the many protective products on the market, just in case. (Speak with your doctor for recommendations.)
Incorporate Incontinence Prevention: Kegels, an exercise that can strengthen the pelvic floor and lessen leakage, may be the perfect addition to your workout plan! Talk to your physician about this to make sure it (and all of your exercise goals) are appropriate.
Think Low-Impact: Lower impact exercising puts less pressure on your bladder. Yoga, swimming and Pilates are all good choices. Consider walking as opposed to running or think about trying the elliptical machine for some good cardio!
Eat Smartly: In this case, smart = light. Don’t eat a large meal prior to working out; it puts additional pressure on your bladder. Have a light snack and eat your main meal after exercising.
Two of the most important keys to managing incontinence are preparation and knowledge. Understanding that certain situations may result in leakage and preparing for them will allow you to lead a much less stressful life, while continuing to engage in all of the activities, including exercise, that you enjoy. As always, at LIQUAGUARD® we understand the challenges faced by those who suffer from incontinence. We are proud of our commitment to provide them, their families and their caregivers the quality products they need to fully enjoy their lives.