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Do You Know the Importance of Strong Pelvic Floor Muscles?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Your pelvic floor muscles support your pelvic organs, including your bowel, bladder and uterus; they form one piece of your core muscle group and are important to men and women to protect your lower back, reduce your risk for sexual dysfunction and improve bowel and bladder control
  • These muscles may be damaged during pregnancy or childbirth, with increasing weight gain, chronic constipation or through lifting heavy objects such as children, groceries or during strength training without first being strengthened
  • Before training your pelvic floor muscles, it's important to identify the movements used to contract them; never contract them during urination to strengthen them as it may weaken the muscles and alter your bladder function

The benefits of consistent exercise are many. Research has demonstrated it improves your mood and decreases feelings of depression and anxiety. Exercise may reduce stress and, while your nutritional intake is most important to your weight loss efforts, exercise may help you stay motivated.

Strong muscles reduce the risk of injury and a strong core reduces problems with lower back pain. Regular exercise helps to boost your energy levels and reduces feelings of fatigue. The bottom line is exercise offers an incredible variety and number of health and lifestyle benefits.

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