Regular exercise is essential for maintaining a person’s health and fitness, even for people with existing health problems. For people with pelvic floor issues, the right kind of exercise can not only strengthen the surrounding muscles themselves, but also help them to maintain a healthy weight and encourage proper digestive functioning, both of which can help to reduce symptoms.
THE BELLICON AND PELVIC FLOOR EXERCISE
Though bouncing may not seem like the exercise of choice for pelvic floor issues, the bellicon has proven to be helpful in many cases. It provides a great total-body workout that’s also very gentle due to the bellicon’s use of ultra-elastic bungees for its suspension, making it an extremely low-impact exercise, significantly more so than common spring-based rebounders. The bellicon’s deep, smooth bounce cycle engages and conditions the body without straining muscles, tendons or joints. The result is a workout that’s energizing, fun and effective, and will get you in shape from head to toe safely and efficiently.
Though the bellicon has been used effectively for improving pelvic floor strength, individual health issues can vary greatly, and rebounding may not be suitable for everyone with pelvic floor related issues. For people with existing health issues, it’s always best to check with their health care provider before beginning any new exercise program to make sure it’s one that’s right for them.
It’s also important that people with pelvic floor issues start slowly when they begin using the bellicon, increasing the intensity and duration of their workouts very gradually, allowing their bodies to adapt to the exercise comfortably and safely. Depending on the individual, it may also be best to avoid movements that put excess pressure on the pelvic floor like jumping jacks or deep lunges, and instead build a workout routine from pelvic-friendly, light and moderate-intensity cardio movements.
INCLUDE KEGEL EXERCISES
The most universally recognized and prescribed procedure for strengthening the muscles of the pelvic floor are called Kegel exercises, also known as “pelvic floor muscle training,” or PFMT. These exercises involve tightening and relaxing the muscles of the pelvic floor and can often help to improve symptoms of prolapse, including incontinence.
Kegel exercises can easily be integrated into a bellicon workout, adding even greater support and conditioning for the muscles of the pelvic floor.
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