Has todays London Marathon inspired you to dig out your trainers and get back running?
But in reality are you conscious that your pelvic floor might not be up to the pounding the trails?
Running is high impact. And this mean's you need to have a fit and functioning core to withstand the pressures of repetitive loading on your pelvic floor. Pelvic floor issues intrude on many women's exercise tolerance. But it needn't be the case!
If you have a weak pelvic floor then here is my advice to wannabe runners....
1) A leaky pelvic floor is intrinsically related to a weak core. This means that you need to STRENGTHEN your core BEFORE you start a running programme. If your pelvic floor is troublesome before you embark on a training program, I can guarantee that it will only get worse if you JUST try and get fit through running.
2) Limit your caffeine intake and restrict running just before and during your period. Caffeine and Oestrogen both contribute to pelvic floor laxity, so don't set yourself up for easily avoided accidents!
3) Look at other options! I understand that running is as simple as donning a pair of trainers, but that doesn't mean it's the best or the only way to train. In fact, most women I train, always comment how much better they tone and manage their weight in the absence of running!
So if your keen to get out there and get fit, GO FOR IT! But if you leak, don't ignore it. Work with a trainer who is focused on pelvic strengthening, not straining!