When I attended the Women's Health and Fitness Summit in September I attended a Spin Session for instructors which prompted me to research further into cycling and the pelvic floor. Here are some of the tips I picked up to ensure cycling is safe for your pelvic floor.
Is Cycling Safe for a Weak Pelvic Floor?
The short answer is yes, but like all things pelvic floor related, it is not that simple. When you are cycling while seated the seat supports your pelvic floor, a big plus. However, if you are in a spin class or riding on ground that has steep hills, your pelvic floor is exposed to increased pressure. Here are some tips to help you enjoy this great form of exercise while taking care of your pelvic floor.
Make sure your bike fits your body
Making sure your bike fits your body is the first step, so here are some tips to have you sitting pretty:
Cycling with Pelvic Floor Weakness or Prolapse
Generally, when exercising with pelvic floor weakness/prolapse, the aim is to minimise the downward pressure on the pelvic floor. Our breathing and posture impact the amount of pressure and it is those things we are trying to minimise in our cycling:
What about Spin Classes?
Spinning is a high intensity exercise that can still be enjoyed by women with pelvic floor weakness/prolapse with a few simple modifications. It is a great substitute for running too. So if you are keen to up your heart rate, reduce stress and get sweaty it may be the exercise for you.
Top tips for Spin Classes:
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