Pelvic floor exercises can be quick and easily fitted into your daily activities.
- To exercise your pelvic floor:
- Lie on your back with your knees bent.
- Imagine you are at the toilet and you going to stop yourself passing urine midstream, or stop yourself from passing wind.
- Do not hold your breath while doing this exercise.
- You may feel your back passage moving – this is normal.
- Try 5 quick holds – tightening the muscles and then straight away relaxing them.
- Hold for 5 seconds, continuing to breathe normally, and then slowly relax. Repeat this 5 times.
- Do not try and stop the flow while urinating as this may lead to problems passing water.
- Remember to tighten your pelvic floor immediately before any activity (for example coughing, sneezing or lifting).
For more information please see: Bladder and bowel foundation: Pelvic floor exercises.
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