With Confitex Men's Health & Wellness Ambassador Tony Marsh
Cycling is a fab way to stay fit and active as you get older. It’s a great cardio workout, yet it’s gentle on your knees, hips and back. And because it’s low-impact it’s a lot less likely to lead to little leaks than running and jumping.
Athletic incontinence (also known as athletic leakage, athletic leaks or exercise-induced urinary incontinence) is a form of urinary incontinence caused by high-impact or strenuous activity. Athletes in high-impact sports, including gymnastics and basketball, are likely to suffer from incontinence, with more than 60 percent reporting leaks during these activities.*
The Continence Foundation advises that there are many ways to become strong and aerobically fit without harming your pelvic floor. “Avoid high-impact exercises such as skipping, running and jumping, or sports where you change direction suddenly... Instead try swimming, cycling, walking, water aerobics or sign up for any of the many low-impact exercise classes now available.”
If you’re thinking about taking up cycling, or just want to up your game, Our Men’s Health and Wellness Ambassador Tony Marsh shares his top five essential exercises to strengthen the key muscle groups you’ll need for optimum pedal power and to help avoid injuries. For a solid all-over strengthening routine complete 10 reps of each exercise.