Ok ladies and gents! Let’s talk pelvic muscles!
Our pelvic floor muscles are the muscles we can find at the bottom of our pelvic area. It starts from the base of our spine to the front of the pubic bone.
Function of the pelvic floor
Imagine you step on a water hosepipe, it typically stops the flow of the water due to the pressure place on the pipe from your feet.
Part of its role is to contract to stop bowel or bladder movement and relax to allow them to be released.
The pelvic floor muscle also makes up part of your stabilising muscles along with your stomach and bottom muscles.
Why are we talking about the pelvic floor?
As we age, and due to hormonal changes in women as well as gravity. The pelvic floor can be placed on quite a lot of pressure which can stretch and weaken its effectiveness in stopping leaks.
What can I do about this?
Due to the reasons above and more, It becomes important we train and strengthen these muscles.
Just like every other voluntarily muscle group, it’s important we train them because if you don’t use it, you lose it!
We need to strengthen to pelvic floor through squeezes.
How do I do this pelvic floor muscle exercise?
Imagine you wanted to hold your pee (don’t actually do it whilst you’re peeing)
Then imagine you want to hold a fart (I know- so classy)
Squeeze and hold those muscles to feel for your pelvic floor muscles.
Everyday, we should aim for at least 24 squeezes.
In coming articles, we’ll provide more specific exercises you can do to train your pelvic floor muscles.
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