It’s well known that lots of people make New Year’s resolutions around this time of year, or at least start thinking about them. I will admit, I’ve fallen off the ‘eating well and exercising’ bandwagon for quite a while now but that’s probably one of the more obvious New Year’s resolutions that people make. It’s pretty standard, isn’t it? “I’m going to join a gym”, “I’m going to lose weight”, “I’m going to eat better” are all things lots of us tell ourselves. So, with the New Year just around the corner and the guilt (or not) of the consumption of one too many glasses of wine, or a few too many sausage rolls and mince pies starts kicking in. And with people joining gyms, one thing they’re not thinking about exercising is their pelvic floor.
I wrote quite a long post on this a while ago, as it’s something that’s really important for me to do and to do well. And it’s something that every single man and woman (yes, men are affected too!) need to be doing. The benefits are endless; improving your sex life, right through to reducing unexpected leaks the benefits are infinite. However, with 90% of ladies knowing the importance around 61% of us still aren’t exercising and training these muscles.
According to recent research from lights by TENA, one in three women in the UK experience light bladder weakness, with unexpected leaks a common occurrence for up to 69% of pregnant women and new mums. And this tends to be the time that women take notice of the effectiveness of ‘down there’ and it’s usually caused by the extra weight carried through pregnancy, as well as childbirth itself having an effect. It’s not exactly what you want to be worrying about over the festive period, so why not get a head start?
Lights by TENA have created an innovative app called ‘My PFF’ (My Pelvic Floor Fitness) which boasts subtle exercise reminders and, the bit that I like, bespoke programme settings to help guide you through your exercises. Some of us won’t have ever done them before but I can tell you, after having undergone plenty of tests, that I have a really good pelvic floor technique and so the three difficulty levels are perfect as they cater for the novice pelvic floor exerciser right through to those who are doing it daily!
The ‘My PFF’ app also provides useful information on light bladder weakness and those all important FAQs; why, how, who, how, when?
I think it’s so important to remember that these exercises can be done any time, any where and this is why the ‘My PFF’ app is so great, because it can go with you too. Do them while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil, do them during your lunch break or while you’re watching a box set in the evening. Just get them done and make sure you kick start your New Year with one of the most important muscles in your body. True, people won’t be able to see a difference, but you will! Take control.
TENA were kind enough to send me a “New Year, Healthy You” kit to help kickstart this resolution of mine. I’m going to ensure I do my pelvic floor exercises every day using their new app! You can make your own and fill it with your own pampering treats!
*I was compensated with a “New Year, Healthy You” kit from TENA in return for this post. All views and opinions are my own.