It’s a common sight: a child, eyes lit up with excitement, tugging at their mum’s hand and pointing eagerly at the trampoline. But instead of joining in, the mum hesitates, her face clouded with a look of concern slash horror. It’s a silent struggle faced by women worldwide, a fear rooted not just in the potential for embarrassment but in the very real issue of pelvic floor dysfunction.
In the mum circles, it’s almost become a silent agreement: mums don’t jump. But what if this well-intended caution is robbing us of something crucial, especially as we approach menopause?
The “Pelvic Floor Safe” Paradox:
In our industry’s well-meaning pursuit of “pelvic floor safe” exercise protocols—a term that I reckon can be misleading—we might be inadvertently sidelining a critical component of women’s health as they step into perimenopause. While it’s essential to be mindful of pelvic health, particularly after childbirth, casting a wide net of caution can sometimes catch more than we intended. It’s as if, in our efforts to sidestep one pitfall, we risk tumbling into another, potentially neglecting the powerful role of impact training in fortifying our bodies against the challenges of aging.
The Silent Struggle:
Prolapse and incontinence are no minor issues, affecting around 50% of women who have had children. The fear of losing control over our bodies can be paralysing, turning activities we once loved into sources of anxiety. Trampolines become no-go zones, and the simple act of jumping is fraught with danger.
The Unintended Consequences:
But in our efforts to protect ourselves, we might overlook a critical aspect of our health: our bone density. As women hit menopause, the drop in oestrogen levels leaves our bones more vulnerable than ever. Impact activities like jumping are proven to be one of the most effective ways to counter this loss, building stronger, denser bones.
The Importance of Bone Health:
Perimenopause marks the beginning of a decline in oestrogen levels, leading to a decrease in bone density. Loss of oestrogen increases the risk of osteoporosis and fractures. Impact training, like plyometrics, stimulates bone growth and enhances bone strength, acting as a powerful tool in osteoporosis prevention.
Plyometrics, often called ‘jump training’ or ‘explosive training,’ were popularised in the 1960s by Soviet Olympians looking to improve their athletic performance. These exercises focus on rapid, powerful movements, like jumping and bounding, to increase muscle strength and explosive power.
By engaging in these dynamic movements, your muscles experience a rapid stretch, followed by an immediate contraction, akin to how a rubber band snaps back after being stretched. This process not only bolsters the muscles but also stimulates the bones, encouraging density and strength—a must-have defence in the fight against osteoporosis.
Improving Balance and Preventing Falls:
As we age, maintaining balance becomes increasingly important to prevent falls and injuries. Plyometrics challenge our balance and coordination, helping to improve our stability and reflexes. Incorporating these exercises into your routine ensures you’re not just building strength but also enhancing your body’s ability to react and stabilise in various situations.
Boosting Cardiovascular Health:
Plyometrics get your heart pumping, offering significant cardiovascular benefits. Improved cardiovascular health leads to better endurance, reduced risk of heart disease, and overall enhanced well-being.
Enhancing Mental Health:
Exercise is a known mood booster, and plyometrics are no exception. The endorphins released during high-intensity activities like plyometrics can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression, which are common during perimenopause.
The Fear Factor:
Despite the plethora of benefits, there’s a prevailing fear around impact training, particularly for women in perimenopause. Concerns about pelvic floor dysfunction and joint stress often deter women from engaging in these activities. However, with proper guidance and progression, impact training can be safely incorporated into your routine, ensuring you reap the benefits without the risks.
Your Toolkit for Empowerment:
Navigating the intersection of vigorous exercise and pelvic floor health can be tricky, but it’s far from impossible. That’s precisely why I’ve dedicated years to crafting tools that not only demystify this balance but also make it accessible and actionable. In the upcoming webinar, “Why Mums Need to Jump,” I’ll share these very strategies and insights distilled into potent, easy-to-apply solutions.
You’ll leave armed with knowledge and practical tips to help your clients – or yourself – make informed decisions about movement, exercise, and pelvic health.
But that’s just the beginning.
This webinar is a gateway to EVEolution™, the comprehensive course designed to bridge the gap in our understanding. It’s the missing education that supports you in teaching your clients about the delicate balance between maintaining pelvic floor health and embracing impactful exercises.
Take advantage of the chance to be part of a movement rewriting the rules on women’s health and fitness.
Leap forward with me. Let’s shake the ground – not with trepidation, but with the might of our collective resolve.
WHEN: Thursday 16th November @ 1pm AEST
WHERE: ZOOM MEETING