Your guide to health, wellness and how to manage life’s inconvenient little leaks
There’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to bladder leakage. Because it affects so many people (as many as one in three women and one in 5 men) and can be brought on by a range of causes, there’s no silver bullet that will magic it away. For some, it’s a lifelong condition – just the way we’re built.Does your heart sink when your trainer calls for star jumps? Do you avoid lifting heavy weights? Does your golf swing make you anxious ?We might talk about having a ‘weak bladder’ but in fact it’s often not the bladder that’s weak – it’s the pelvic floor. Located between the hips, your pelvic floor is an area of muscles and tissues that act as a hammock to support the uterus, bladder, small intestine and rectum.Former pro rugby player Tony Marsh is encouraging men to talk more openly about their health worries following his own brush with testicular cancer. Marsh, who played professionally in New Zealand before joining the French national team, says many men are still reluctant to talk to anyone, even their doctor, about their health – especially problems ‘down there’.Our new men’s health and wellness ambassador Tony Marsh played professionally in New Zealand before joining the French national team. A brush with testicular cancer saw him reassessing his priorities and returning to New Zealand, where he works as a personal trainer and men’s health advocate. This is his story...There’s no escaping the fact that our bodies change as we age. When you’re young it’s all about pushing your body as hard as you can. When you get a bit older you can still push yourself but sometimes it’s more about listening to your body.
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