Category Archives: Lifestyle

5 Moves to Help Your Body Stay Active

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution to be more active? Even just 20 minutes of walking each day can do the trick. Whether you prefer to exercise from the comfort of your home, your local gym or in a group class setting, we’ve got you covered with these top five routines that will help your body stay active and healthy.

  1. Chair Fitness

Chair fitness can help improve your balance by strengthening your core. Beginners will feel safe knowing the chair is there to support you if a quick break is needed. These low-impact moves will help tone your mid-section and arms. You can watch instructional videos on Chair Fitness online to learn more and get started.

  1. Water Aerobics

Water aerobics is another low-impact exercise that’s appropriate for all fitness levels. It is perfect for people who need to steer away from floor exercises due to fear of falling. The buoyancy of the water helps maintain balance and being in the water also reduces the pressure on joints, which can prevent injury as well.

  1. Yoga

Yoga is great for stretching the body. Stretching increases blood flow, improves posture and boosts immunity. And, it can help with stress relief, improve digestion and support connective tissue. Overall, yoga is a low-impact, well-rounded exercise that any fitness level can handle.

  1. Squats

Squats are simple and effective. A few of the many benefits are that they burn fat, improve circulation and increase flexibility. The toughest thing about doing a squat is ensuring you have good form. Just watch this video to learn how to do the perfect squat!

  1. Push-Ups

If you have a limited amount of time, push-ups are a quick way to get a full-body work out. They are the most challenging exercise on our list, but there are ways to modify them to suit any fitness level. Beginners can start with wall pushups or try them on your knees with a cushion or towel to prevent potential knee pain. This exercise helps build core strength while torching calories at the same time.

Whenever you try out these new exercises, be sure to wear a pair of our incontinence panties or incontinence briefs so you can stay active without worry all year long!

Wearever Incontinence Bed Pads Provide Reliable Protection

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For those who suffer from incontinence, going to bed and waking up to a soiled sheet and mattress can be a constant struggle. Since incontinence is involuntary and uncontrolled, leakage can happen at any time, even when you are asleep. Stress incontinence, the most prevalent type of incontinence, is experienced by an estimated 25 million adult women in America. It’s time to put the bedtime worries away with an innovative product designed for incontinence sufferers.

By placing these revolutionary reusable bed pads over your existing mattress, those who have incontinence don’t have to worry about waking up to a wet bed. These bed pads are designed to quickly soak up urine, preventing further leakage onto your mattress which can cause permanent stains.

You Can’t Put a Price Tag On Overnight Protection

Our durable and dependable incontinence bed pads are comfortable, affordable, and reusable. Fall asleep with reassurance knowing that even if an accident does happen, you can wake up dry and excited to start your day.

These highly absorbent bed pads instantly soak up urine through a unique three-layer design that locks in wetness. The three layer design is comprised of:

  • Quilted top layer
  • 8oz poly soaker to contain moisture
  • Moisture proof layer mad eof knitted vinyl fabric

Our incontinence bed pads also work for:

  • Baby cribs
  • Toddler beds
  • The couch

Use Incontinence Underwear As Well For Extra Protection

In addition to Wearever incontinence bed pads, our incontinence panties and incontinence briefs also provide reliable protection especially when used with bed pads.

 

 

Staying Fit May Help Reduce the Risk of Incontinence in Women

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What if you could take precautionary measures that would reduce your risk of incontinence and better manage it? Women generally have weaker pelvic muscles than males which means they are more susceptible to dealing with incontinence. Through working out and staying fit, women can discover that as their muscles strengthen, so does the reduction of incontinence issues.

The Study

In a recent study conducted, almost 1,500 elderly females who suffered from stress or urge incontinence were surveyed. The results of the three-year long study concluded that women who kept their weight down and partook in muscle-strengthening exercises experienced lower amounts of incontinence incidents (Source). Whether it is yoga, pilates, light jogging, or swimming, staying fit and working your pelvic muscles lessens the chance of incontinence issues. As women work these muscles out, they are strengthening the muscles around the urethra and bladder, making it less likely for unexpected urine to pass through.

Managing Your Weight Helps

Having an overactive bladder is a common issue that many women face. Through taking your weight and active lifestyle into your own hands, you can better manage the side effects of incontinence.

Studies have proven that managing BMI (Body Mass Index) and keeping those numbers in check, is inherently beneficial to managing incontinence. The unnecessary weight that is put on the pelvic muscles adds additional pressure to the area. In turn, the chance of incontinence is heightened, and leakage is more likely to incur. “By reducing weight and abdominal fat there is less pressure on the bladder resulting in less stress urinary incontinence,” said Dr. Cindy Amundsen of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. “Better muscle strength may be associated with higher pelvic floor muscle strength and function, decreasing the susceptibility to urine leakage” (Source).

Daily urinary incontinence affects nearly 12 percent of women ages 60-64 in America: that is significant. By making some lifestyle alterations, women can better manage their incontinence. Walking more, eating less, and breathing in the fresh air are all easy, simple, and enjoyable ways to control leakage. Urinary incontinence is a widespread grievance among many women and through keeping your BMI and health in check, you can better manage this issue. Beneficial alterations in one’s body composition will keep you living a long and prosperous life.

Wearever Incontinence Products Help With the Unexpected

Even when you are trying your best in preventing urine accidents, leakage may still occur unexpectedly. Wearever incontinence panties provide protection that you can always rely on in. Wearever incontinence bed pads also work effectively in preventing any accidents while you sleep from ruining your bed.

5 Tips for Traveling with Incontinence

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The holidays rank among the most common days for traveling, whether by car or plane. Don’t let incontinence keep you at home or interfere with your travel plans this year.

Here are five tips to help you travel comfortably with incontinence:

  1. Plan bathroom breaks

If you’re driving to your destination, look at the route and find bathroom stops along the way. If you’re flying, find the nearest bathroom by your seats ahead of time online or once you board.

  1. Eat and drink accordingly.

Avoid drinking caffeinated or sugary drinks, since those can irritate incontinence symptoms. Drink water in moderation and try to maintain your normal diet as much as possible.

  1. Pack accordingly.

Bring along incontinence supplies, such as bed pads or incontinence underwear. Be sure to pack a few extra pair of clothes too, just in case of accidents.

  1. Ask for help.

If you are traveling with family or friends and you feel comfortable, tell them about your incontinence. They can help you navigate public restrooms and when to stop. And, if you feel nervous about security checks during travel due to incontinence or your supplies, you can request a private security screening.

  1. Enjoy!

Remember this is a holiday trip to see family or friends, so try to enjoy yourself and your company as much as you can!

Checkout our incontinence panties, incontinence briefs, and reusable bed pads that can help you travel and live life without worries.

5 Tips for Not Overeating During the Holidays

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Between work parties, family gatherings and celebrations with friends, the holidays are filled with a lot food. It’s a great time to taste the unique flavors and treats of the season. However, this time of year also means it can be easy to overeat.

Check out these 5 tips to avoid overeating this season:

  1. Limit your alcohol intake.

Believe it or not, alcoholic beverages can cause you to feel bloated and full. In addition, alcohol can make it difficult to make healthy food choices and can irritate incontinence symptoms. If you chose to have a drink, be sure to have a water before and after each beverage to stay hydrated.

  1. Eat breakfast.

Many holiday parties take place in the afternoon or evening hours and there are steps you can take to avoid overeating much earlier in the day. Eat a hearty breakfast as it will help to jumpstart your metabolism, so you don’t feel starved by the time the gathering begins.

  1. Don’t feel required to eat everything.

It’s easy to want to consume every last bite of all the delicious foods on your plate. However, don’t feel obligated to finish it all. Leaving some on the plate is completely fine and will help you not feel stuffed.

  1. Try small portions.

Another way to avoid overeating is to try just a small bite or scoop of the food. This will allow you to sample more of the food choices and actually enjoy them!

  1. Take breaks.

There are likely many other guests at your holiday events, so stop to chat and mingle with them. If you hosting the holiday event, consider playing a fun icebreaker game to give people the chance to meet each other and socialize.

Overeating can not only make your stomach hurt, but it can also lead to increased stress on your pelvic area and can worsen incontinence symptoms. What strategies do you use to keep from overindulging in all the edible goodness this time of year?

Incontinence-Friendly Thanksgiving Stuffing

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It’s hard to believe the holiday season is almost here! We are starting to dream of turkey, gravy and warm pumpkin pie. Today, we’re sharing a simple recipe for an incontinence-friendly Thanksgiving stuffing adapted from Betty Crocker.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup butter or margarine
  • 2 large celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 9 cups soft bread cubes
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground sage
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in a 4-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  2. Cook celery and onion in butter for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender.
  3. Remove Dutch oven from the heat.
  4. Gently toss celery mixture and remaining ingredients, using spoon, until bread cubes are evenly coated.
  5. Grease 3-quart casserole or baking dish, 13x9x2 inches.
  6. Place stuffing in casserole dish and cover.
  7. Bake for 325 degrees for 30 minutes.
  8. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes.

What Thanksgiving side dishes are you planning to serve? We’d love to hear!

Incontinence Friendly Recipe: Honey-Soy Broiled Salmon

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Enjoy this healthy and easy recipe that’s ready in under an hour! Cooler temperatures are no reason to stop eating fresh, so serve up this delicious salmon with rice and sautéed vegetables for a complete meal.

Ingredients:

1 scallion, minced

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger

1-pound salmon fillet, skinned and cut into 4 portions

1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. Whisk scallion, soy sauce, vinegar, honey and ginger in a bowl until the honey is dissolved.
  2. Place salmon in a plastic bag.
  3. Add 3 tablespoons of the sauce mixture to the bag. Set the remaining sauce aside.
  4. Place the bag in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  5. Preheat your broiler.
  6. Line a small baking pan with foil and coat with cooking spray.
  7. Transfer the salmon to the pan, skinned-side down. Discard the marinade.
  8. Broil the salmon for 6 to 10 minutes.
  9. Drizzle with remaining sauce and garnish with sesame seeds, if desired.

Recipe adapted from Eating Well. Are you interested in learning more about how dietary restrictions can help improve incontinence symptoms? Read more here.

10 Apps for Caregivers and Incontinence Support

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In 2015, Pew Research Center released survey results showing that 68 percent of U.S. adults now own a smartphone and about 45 percent now own some form of tablet. With the growing number of smartphone users, there are now apps available for those with incontinence and caregivers as well. Check out the top 10 apps we found below:

  1. GreatCall Link: The app provides caregivers with peace of mind during their day to day lives. A caregiver can monitor a loved ones leaving and arriving home, as well as viewing a list of their daily activities to ensure they are doing well. In the case of an emergency, the caregiver is notified of the date, time and type of help provided.
  1. Bladder Diary: Users can track their fluid intake and urine output, which can assist in conversation with medical professions to better understand their level of incontinence and track treatment success.
  1. Sit or Squat: Users can find the nearest public restroom anywhere in the U.S.
  1. Kegel Kat: Reminds users to practice kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
  1. Kegel Trainer: Provides easy to follow Kegel exercises and daily reminders for men and women to strengthen pelvic floor muscles.
  1. Waterin: This app provides reminders to drink more water throughout the day. Users can set personal water consumption goals and track their intake.
  1. Water Your Body: Users can program their personal information and determine how much water they need to drink on a daily basis, then they can track their intake.
  1. SparkRecipes: This app provides 500,000 recipes with the ability to search recipes to help meet specific dietary restrictions or preferences.
  1. HealthyOut: Eating out with dietary restrictions can be challenging, but this app helps you find and order at healthy restaurants anywhere in the U.S.
  1. CareZone: A free app for users that features a profile to log information about your loved one. You can invite other friends and family members to join as “helpers” to keep everyone on the same page. It also assists with medication management by tracking type, dosage, pharmacy and more.

Have you used your smartphone or tablet to help with your incontinence symptoms or to care for a loved one? We’d love to hear from you!

Practice Proper Posture to Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor

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Kegels are a popular way for people to strengthen pelvic floors, and when practiced correctly, can be very effective. However, an easier exercise anyone can do to reduce incontinence symptoms is practicing proper posture.

Sitting up straight and aligning your body vertically helps to effectively support the pelvic floor and maintain the appropriate amount of muscle tension.

Are you intrigued, but not sure what proper posture looks like? When sitting down, look for a chair or seat that keeps your hips higher than your knees. Often, this can be achieved by simply sliding forward in the seat.

Next, you’ll want to place your feet either shoulder width distance apart or stagger them one in front of the other. Avoid crossing your legs, which increases hamstring tension and can misalign your pelvis.

Finally, roll forward on your pelvis until you feel pressure on your pubic bone. The pressure on your pubic bone signals your body’s neutral spine or natural balance point.

With these quick fixes, you can experience the confidence and comfort of proper posture as well as fewer bladder leaks.

5 Myths About Incontinence: Busted

incontinence factsThere are a lot of misconceptions about incontinence. It can be hard to tell where the truth lies. So, whether you’re living with incontinence or caring for someone who is, check out a few debunked myths to help you keep the facts straight:

1. Myth: To avoid urinary leaks, don’t drink much water.

  • Reality: It is still very important to consume enough fluids to stay hydrated. Instead, consider drinking water at times when you know you will have easy access to a nearby restroom. It’s also recommended people living with incontinence limit food and drinks that can acerbate incontinence symptoms such as alcoholic beverages, caffeine and acidic foods.

2. Myth: Surgery is the only option for treating urinary incontinence.

  • Reality: In addition to surgery, there are also other treatment options for incontinence, including medication, exercise, and diet modification and lifestyle changes. The Mayo Clinic shared this extensive list of treatment options to evaluate what may work best for you with your own physician

3. Myth: Urinary incontinence or leakage isn’t something I need to bring up with my doctor.

4. Adult diapers or sanitary napkins are the only option for adults with urinary incontinence.

  • Reality: You are not bound to the crinkly, bulky and uncomfortable disposable products. Wearever offers an alternative – real underwear featuring a sewn-in super absorbent Unique-dri™ pad, which traps liquid for built-in, all-day protection. These incontinence panties and men’s incontinence briefs are comfortable, look and feel just like traditional underwear while providing protection for leaks.

5. Myth: Incontinence only occurs in seniors.

  • Reality: While urinary incontinence is common in older adults, it can affect men and women of any age. Incontinence in women can occur during and immediately after pregnancy. Additionally, a number of other health concerns are associated with urinary incontinence, including ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. There are an estimated 30 million Americans living with some level of urinary incontinence.

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