As flowers start to bloom and weather starts to grow warmer, it’s time to ‘spring’ into a new workout routine! You already know the importance of regular exercise for your health. It can help you stay in shape, improve your mood and increase your energy.1 But did you know that exercise is a way to help tackle occasional bladder control issues as well?
IS IT JUST ME?
Bladder control issues are far more common than you might imagine—in fact, millions of women report occasional feelings of urgency.2 Occasional urinary urgency can be the result of a wide range of factors, but pressure on the bladder from excess weight and weak pelvic floor muscles are common causes that you have some control over. How, you ask? We’re glad you did!
Increasing your daily activity can help reduce excess body weight. This can help to relieve the unnecessary pressure on your bladder that can aggravate occasional feelings of urinary urgency. Find ways to add more physical activity to your routine—like walking to work instead of driving or skipping the elevator and taking the stairs. Better yet, join a soccer league or a swim team at your local pool where you can build friendships and muscles at the same time. A great twofer in anyone’s book!
STRETCH FOR SUCCESS
Certain yoga poses can help tone the pelvic floor.
You’re probably familiar with the importance of stretching, but did you know that yoga can help with bladder control? Certain yoga poses, like Mountain Pose and Chair Pose, can help tone the pelvic floor, the latticework of muscles that support the bladder, uterus and other vital organs. This helps reduce the occasional urge to go.3 Even without the added benefit of helping with bladder control, yoga can be a great form of exercise, so give it a try.
KEGELS, KEGELS, KEGELS!
Let’s talk about Kegels—you know, the repeated contraction and relaxation exercises engaging the same muscles you use to stop the flow of urine.4 Kegels are your best friend when it comes to bladder control, because these exercises directly target your pelvic floor. A regular regimen of Kegel exercises can be hugely helpful in managing a sense of occasional urgency. And it’s the most convenient work out around; you can do Kegel exercises anywhere—at work, on the bus or even while watching TV!
Make AZO Bladder Control® & Weight Management a big part of your daily efforts to help reduce occasional urgency.*
If you’re already a pro when it comes to exercises like Kegels, then we have one more suggestion: speak to your healthcare provider about adding AZO Bladder Control® & Weight Management to your daily routine, too! It is made with Go-Less®, a proprietary blend of pumpkin seed and soy germ extracts that support healthy bladder function and helps reduce occasional urgency.* Additionally, clinically studied Synetrim® CQ, from the Cissus quandrangularis plant, which supports serotonin balance and metabolic health, can assist in managing weight.* Along with regular exercise, make AZO Bladder Control® & Weight Management a big part of your daily efforts to help reduce occasional urgency.*
1 Exercise: 7 benefits of regular physical activity http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389
2 Omnibus Bladder Consumer Study commissioned by i-Health, Inc. the distributor of AZO Bladder Control®
3 Yoga For Urinary Problems http://www.livestrong.com/article/386512-yoga-for-urinary-problems/
4 Kegel exercises: A how-to guide for women http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/womens-health/in-depth/kegel-exercises/art-20045283