It is no secret that exercise is good for us but for some of us there are some real concerns that stop us from taking that first step into a new exercise class. I asked Margaret Delaney who has been running with us for almost 3 years now how hard it was for her to turn up to that first session.
“I was in my fifties and had had three children and apart from my fitness, one of my biggest worries was the fact that my pelvic floor muscles weren’t as efficient as they had once been.
However, I decided to have a go, starting in the absolute beginners running group wearing some discreet protection just in case! Gradually, over the last two years, my fitness has increased and from running five minutes I am now running forty-five minutes two to three times a week. My overall fitness has increased massively and what has also been an extra bonus is that my pelvic floor muscles are hugely improved. This I believe is due to the fact that my core muscles have tightened up without me consciously realising it. I can now run for a bus at any time without worrying about a puddle on the floor!
Running for me has been therapeutic in every way both physically and mentally. I feel fitter, healthier and more relaxed in every way. So if you are concerned about your pelvic floor muscles letting you down – don’t be!”
So, whether it is running or any other ‘high impact’ exercise that you fancy having a go at – don’t be put off by what might happen. Have a go, and, like Margaret, you may well be pleasantly surprised.