At ALWAYS DISCREET, we are all for women feeling fabulous, staying fit and loving their lives. And that means ALL women of ALL ages.
Contrary to popular belief, just because our bodies change as we get older, it doesn’t mean that the things we love to do have to change, too! In fact, one of the best things about getting older is a renewed focus on you. It’s a great time to make sure you’re loving the big and little things every day, and nothing holds you back – not even bladder leaks.
Today, only one third of women actually address their overactive bladder with their healthcare providers. Instead, too many women avoid things that they love in fear of experiencing embarrassing bladder leaks – giving up exercise, travel, new experiences and more.
Don’t let that be you! Instead, make time to take back control of your body and start loving that awesome life of yours again. Here are some simple steps that can help you manage your sensitive bladder:
Exercise can help you gain control of your pelvic muscles and keep you in shape, which has a direct effect on your sensitive bladder and can give you a little pump of positivity – hello, endorphins! Low impact sports such as cycling, yoga or walking are ideal for managing weight, which can reduce pressure on your sensitive bladder. Watch out for crunches, which can put pressure on your pelvic floor. To work on strengthening your pelvic floor specifically, read about firming up inside and out with Kegel exercises.
- Plan Ahead & Wear the Right Protection
Planning your day helps you understand what level of protection you may need for the day’s activities. A normal day in the office may mean lighter bladder protection than walking a 5K with your best girlfriends. Using incontinence products that are designed for your bladder leaks helps provide the protection you need to be flexible and more confident to go with the flow – literally! Browse our ALWAYS DISCREET selection of liners, pads and underwear to help you decide which products you’ll need for different occasions.
- Eat (& Drink) Right
When it comes to taking care of your body, food matters. Food affects our bodies in more ways than we know – and if you want your body to be good to you, you’ve got to be good to it, too. Caffeine, alcohol and artificial sweeteners can cause rapid bladder filling, which can lead to bladder leaks. Try eliminating (or at least reducing) your intake of foods that include these. But don’t just take away–add! Since constipation can also cause bladder leaks, you should make sure you're getting enough fiber. Fruits and veggies will add fiber to your diet and can help regulate a sensitive bladder.
- Embrace Your Body & Your Life
If you love your body, it will love you, too. You’ve got a life to live, so go out there, live it with poise and don’t let a silly little thing like incontinence ever stop you!