Core Foundations

When most fitness professionals think about the ‘core’, the first and usually immediate thought is transverse abdominus. What is often unknown and misunderstood, is the importance and relevance of the pelvic floor. Yes – everyone has one, even men have a pelvic floor. This muscle plays a major part of effective core control and weakness in this muscle results in incontinence (bladder and/or bowel control), which is

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Core Foundations

Core Foundations
When most fitness professionals think about the ‘core’, the first and usually immediate thought is transverse abdominus. What is often unknown and misunderstood, is the importance and relevance of the pelvic floor. Yes – everyone has one, even men have a pelvic floor. This muscle plays a major part of effective core control and weakness in this muscle results in incontinence (bladder and/or bowel control), which is ….

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Aquacise Your Pelvic Floor

By Dianne Edmonds and Marietta Mehanni

“Lower back pain is also strongly linked with pelvic floor weakness and there is certainly an awareness that aqua aerobics provides a safer choice of fitness program for these individuals.”

Introduction
Many people that want to continue exercise without the implications of impact, joint stress, post exercise muscle soreness and overheating issues will prefer to exercise in water. This cliental group is usually, also the population group that are challenged by pelvic floor issues. It is well known that mature adults and certainly menopausal or post menopausal women would also prefer to exercise in water because of the issues with ‘wetting themselves’ during land based exercise. Pregnant women and obese clients would also prefer to exercise in water for the obvious reduced impact benefit, but also because the pelvic floor is more protected in water. Lower back pain is also strongly linked with pelvic floor weakness and there is certainly an awareness that aqua aerobics provides a safer choice of fitness program for these participants. It is clear, then, that aqua aerobics has not only massive appeal for these population groups for the benefits of exercising in water, but also because of the potential pelvic floor issues that they will face with land based exercise. This provides aqua aerobic instructors with a huge opportunity to provide much needed education, information and instruction on what is the pelvic floor and how to use it during the workout.

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