According to a survey of more than 300 women, 47% noted some degree of incontinence while exercising. In female athletes, especially runners, the physical activity seems to actually trigger incontinence.
Even for the recreational exerciser, embarrassing episodes in public situations can traumatize a woman struggling with stress incontinence. And your gym or fitness center is a very public place.
“It’s important to keep exercising for your overall health, even with incontinence,” says McLeod Gynecologist Chris McCauley, MD. “Certain types of exercises should be avoided, but you can take some simple steps to can continue a healthy lifestyle.”
Before you go to the gym:
At the fitness center, before you exercise:
For your workout routine:
Not exercising can lead to a weight gain. The extra weight places pressure on your abdomen and bladder and incontinence is heightened.
If you are experiencing stress incontinence or urge incontinence (overactive bladder), talk to your Gynecologist. There is a range of treatments to help you regain or maintain your quality of life – and your exercise routine.
Sources include: McLeod Health, British Journal of Sports Medicine, A Woman’s Guide to Pelvic Health, National Institutes of Health