There’s nothing quite like starting the day with a workout, but some might be putting that adrenaline kick start to their day on hold for fear of light bladder leakage (LBL). Find out how you can reclaim your morning run or favourite class here.
Exercising in the early morning is one of the best things you can do for your body and mind. Whether that’s a run, step class or a boot camp session, it’s a special time of the day reserved just for you. Cardio activity at the start of day has been proven to increase mental focus for up to 10 hours post-workout. And let’s face it, starting the day with exercise makes you feel better able to cope with whatever the day brings!
Physical activity is something women can often avoid, or modify, for fear of light bladder leakage while running, squatting or cycling.
‘Stress urinary incontinence’ is a condition that occurs during times of stress on the bladder – the impact of running, or high intensity activity, puts pressure on your bladder and triggers the leakage.
This kind of bladder weakness is related to the strength of your pelvic floor muscles, which can be improved with specific exercises called Kegels, and also with Pilates.
But you don’t have to hold back – talk to your doctor, and try these tips below:
- Go to the bathroom before high-impact exercise
- Cut back on fluids before (but not so much that you get dehydrated)
- Using the right product when working out can also make a big difference to your confidence. Poise® now have a Poise® Active product in their range, specifically designed for use during activity. These liners give you the ultimate dry and discreet protection, no matter what - jogging, taking a yoga class or just on-the-go.
Did you know?
The benefits to early morning movement
Exercise releases endorphins, our feel-good compounds to improve energy and mood. SO if you work out in the morning, you can expect this high to carry on throughout the day.
We exercise for many reasons, but improving cardiovascular fitness is usually on the list. Working out in the morning can actually up this impact for your heart. A natural alarm clock for your body is adrenaline, which causes your heart to beat faster, benefitting your cardio health.
Your mind. There is nothing like the morning stillness. Some peace and quiet, or rockin’ tunes, it’s a period of time in the day to spend solely on yourself. Before the kids are awake, the phone starts to ring, or emails flood your inbox.
Sticking to a routine, no matter what, is a massive benefit to committing to an early morning workout. It gives you the least chance for things to ‘just come up’ which often derail the best intentions during a hectic day. And now you’re on your way to managing your LBL, you can get back to what you love to do – no excuses.
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek advice from a qualified health care professional with any questions regarding your concerns.