The pelvic floor muscles look a bit like a round mini-trampoline. They support the pelvic organs – the bladder, bowel and uterus – and give us control over the bladder and bowel. Busting for the loo but need to hang on because the line for the public bathroom is super long? Those are your pelvic floor muscles working.
If you have or are at risk of having a weak pelvic floor – which, let's face it, is a significant proportion of the sisterhood – high-impact aerobic and resistance exercises are best avoided or modified, as they're more likely to place a strong downward strain on the pelvic floor.
So which exercises are safe? Walking, swimming, seated cycling, 'jogging' on a cross-trainer and low-intensity exercise classes are great choices to get your heart rate up without putting your pelvic floor at risk. In the gym, seated exercises, dumbbell exercises on an exercise ball, shallow squats and wall push-ups will protect the pelvic floor.