LIVING WITH INCONTINENCE
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Whether you’re taking up something new or were participating in competitive sport before having continence issues, we strongly recommend speaking with your doctor first. The type of activity permitted will depend on your individual condition and if you’ve had surgery.
The benefits of exercise are irrefutable; releasing endorphins, assisting in weight management and maintaining strength and agility. These are all positive attributes, especially if you’ve had a health issue. If it turns out you can’t do the sport you did before, try something new, and you may even discover a new passion.
Activities that engage the core, like Pilates and yoga, might be recommended to strengthen the pelvic floor, a sling of muscles that runs from your pubic bone to your tailbone that supports your bladder and bowel. It can weaken with age or be affected by prostate treatment but strengthening it usually improves bladder control.
Cycling, swimming, rowing, golf and walking are all low-impact pursuits and a good option, either ongoing or if you’re looking to rebuild fitness.
High impact activities like running, tennis and football place downward pressure on the pelvic floor muscle, which can cause leakage.
Check out the exercise zone for advice in strengthening the pelvic floor muscles that’ll assist with continence management.
If you are concerned about leakage, check out TENA’s men’s products. Anatomically designed for men and available in a range of absorbency levels, they’re discreet and secure leaving you to concentrate on your game – not your bladder!