It’s no secret that running is extremely beneficial to your health. In addition to helping you stay fit, running also boosts mental health, prevents diseases and relieves stress. But did you know that as many as 30 percent of female runners report experiencing urinary incontinence while running? If that’s you, there’s no need to cancel your afternoon jog. Instead, check out these five tips for how to enjoy the miles without the worry:
Kill the Urge with Kegels
When you have weakened pelvic muscles, the impact of your legs hitting the ground can cause leakage. Pelvic floor muscles can be strengthened through Kegel exercises, which luckily can be done anytime and anywhere.
Cut Out the Coffee
If you have incontinence, consuming caffeine before a run can actually increase the urge to urinate, not suppress it. Caffeine is a natural stimulant and diuretic. Instead, make sure you get a good night’s sleep and are hydrated to enjoy the miles without emergency stops.
Think about Timing
To prevent any mishaps, time your fluid intake and bathroom visits throughout the day and before pounding the pavement. It’s recommended you visit the restroom every two to three hours before leaving to keep you on track.
Gear Up for your Goals
As runners, we think a lot about how to make our time exercising as successful as possible. Careful consideration is put into everything from our sneakers to our earphones. Wearing the right clothing can make a big difference in achieving your distance and time goals. Our comfortable and breathable incontinence panties and briefs allow you to keep your focus on reaching the finish line.
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
As you work on strengthening your pelvic floor, you might want to consider taking things slow during a jog. When we move faster, we are more likely to have poor form and our body struggles to compensate. While you put effort into bolstering your muscles, consider decreasing your pace.
Incontinence shouldn’t stop you from enjoying exercise. Check out this blog post for more on how incontinence can affect physical activity and steps you can take to mitigate its impact.