What could possibly make pelvic floor exercises easy to stick with?
My last post gave you some tips including listening to an audio on pelvic floor exercises able to be downloaded to your phone or desk top.
But different things work for different people. Here’s five more tips to get you sticking with your pelvic floor exercises.
Add them to your workout
You’re committed to the gym and you’ve been going twice a week. So no excuses for not having pelvic floor exercises the FIRST workout you do, before the class starts, before your personal trainer arrives, or your “rest” exercise between your harder sets.
Pick an easy time
Don’t expect the right time to present itself! Pick something predictable you know you do every day (like your shower) or several times a day (like washing your hands). Many women I know do them on the toilet AFTER emptying their bladder. It might be the only peace and quiet they get all day. And it can be a virtuous way of stalling before getting back to work that no one will notice but you!
Log your progress
Like many people I love the satisfaction of ticking off as done or crossing it off the list. We know that training logs work for other exercise – why not create a simple log on your phone or computer to tick off when you’ve done them? There are even apps to help you monitor your training, like the Kegel Trainer Pro!
Make deals with yourself
Let’s face it, we all have habits we are not proud of. One common one is drinking too much coffee. While you are trying to cut down, a great deal you can make with yourself is to add a healthy habit if you give in to an unhealthy one, and do your pelvic floors every time you boil the jug. (While you’re at it, have a glass of water too – it’s a great way to partially offset some of the issues of too much coffee!)
Have more sex
I couldn’t leave this one out. Many women tell me their favourite time to do their pelvic floors is during sex. They often get very good feedback when doing this – so it’s a win-win situation!
What tips work best for you?
One of the most common comments I get is that women don’t know if they’re doing them right, so they have no motivation to do them. This one is easily fixed! See a pelvic floor physio. Women I see tell me they come out of the session feeling much more confident.