World Day for Physical Activity

World Day for Physical Activity

With World day for Physical Activity on 6th April , we couldn’t think of a more suitable time to advocate for women who experience urinary incontinence to get moving again. This years theme was Active Life! Longer Life!Currently, global physical activity guidelines recommend that adults aged between 18- 64 years engage in a least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity (i.e. brisk walking) per week for health benefits. Alarmingly, only a small proportion of individuals are meeting these guidelines. Among those who fail to meet the PA recommendations are females who suffer from exercise-induced urinary incontinence (EIUI) which is simply urinary incontinence that happens during exercise.

Exercise Induced Urinary Incontinence

EIUI can be caused by childbirth, weight gain, or other conditions that stretch the pelvic floor muscles to such an extent that these muscles can no longer properly support the bladder.  When this happens, the bladder drops down and pushes against the vagina, making it more difficult to tighten the muscles that close off the urethra.  Urine may leak because of the extra pressure on the bladder during running.  Bladder control problems usually don’t cause major health problems, but they can be embarrassing and a deterrent to undertaking physical activity. And that is totally understandable but it does not have to be the case. EVB and The Health Exchange https://thehealthexchange.hk/the-team/is here to help!

EIUI can be caused by childbirth, weight gain, or other conditions that stretch the pelvic floor muscles to such an extent that these muscles can no longer properly support the bladder.  When this happens, the bladder drops down and pushes against the vagina, making it more difficult to tighten the muscles that close off the urethra.  Urine may leak because of the extra pressure on the bladder during running.  Bladder control problems usually don’t cause major health problems, but they can be embarrassing and a deterrent to undertaking physical activity. And that is totally understandable but it does not have to be the case. EVB and The Health Exchange is here to help!

Research Study

A research study, conducted at the School of Health and Human Performance at Dublin City University compared the effect of wearing EVB sports briefs and traditional briefs on confidence, exercise enjoyment and EIUI during treadmill running in women with a history of urinary incontinence post pregnancy aged 38 -44 years. What did the study reveal?

The study participants reported significantly higher confidence rating scores and a lower number of leakages while running in EVB sports briefs for 30 minutes on a treadmill at a self-selected intensity compared to running in normal briefs! Furthermore, higher levels of enjoyment while running wearing EVB sports briefs compared to traditional briefs was reported.

Weight Loss

Another incentive to get exercising again is that weight loss that occurs with regular exercise can reduce stress urinary incontinence in overweight females. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that a weight loss programme, involving exercise and diet modification resulted in a loss of 3–5% of participant’s baseline weight which was associated with a 47% reduction in stress incontinence episodes!

If UI is preventing you from exercising and you want to lose weight, feel free to contact yvonne@evbsport.com or sinead@thehealthexchange.hk

Dr. Sinead Sheridan has a PhD in Clinical Exercise Physiology and is Director of The Health Exchange, a leading bespoke health consultancy firm dedicated to offering individually tailored exercise prescription. She is our Exercise Consultant at EVB.

Dr Sinead Sheridan Health Exchange Hong Kong and EVB Sport Exercise Consultant
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