Elvie pelvic floor workout app
The terms 'pelvic floor' and 'Kegel exercises' becomes all too familiar when you become pregnant for the first time. And with benefits like maintaining good bladder control and better sex, no wonder they are high on the conversation list of seasoned mums and midwives alike. However working out exactly how to exercise this foreign muscle has always eluded me.
First of all, how do I know I am doing it right, and second of all, just how often should I being doing these exercises? Well, let's just say, as I discovered recently while playing touch rugby, a lot more often than I had been!
Let me introduce you to Elvie, the answer to all my post-birth problems! No, she isn't the best gynecologist in the world, she is in fact a type of personal trainer, 'your most personal trainer' to be exact.
Now I don't want to pretend that I was all in when I first saw 'Elvie'. To be honest I was slightly scared by the prospect of what was required. However from the first time I used it I haven't looked back. After three pregnancies and natural births, just doing the odd exercise here and there has resulted in a noticeable weakened pelvic floor. I have found Elvie is not only effective and easy to use, but is also quite fun. Think of it as a hands-free video game operated by you know what, ensuring you use the correct muscle in order to make the game work.
Let's talk about the Elvie app.
The app is easy to use, the language is fun and friendly, it is visually apealing and clean with calming colours. You get to choose your work-out goals to suit you. I chose to work out 3 times a week for 5 mins each time, which according to the app would allow me to build strength and not just maintain what was already existing.
It records progress and allows the user to work the muscle in six different ways to enhance fitness, develop core strength, improve agility, build endurance, increase pace and learn control.
To sum up, let me paint a picture for you. The sun is beginning to set, I step onto the sand of my local beach. The tide is out and families are playing games on the wide expanse of flat sand, perfect conditions for an evening run. I start running, my first run in over a year, and take note that I am able to run freely. No sign of the usual dampness, I can actually feel greater control down there.
This is one personal trainer that is worth her weight in gold!