Total Control: Fitness From the Inside Out
Women who want to actively address their bladder control issues have a unique fitness program developed just for them. It’s called the Total Control® Program and it focuses on fitness from the inside out.
Total Control® was designed by urogynecologists, physical therapists and fitness experts to help women improve their quality of life by improving their pelvic health. Led by certified instructors, the medically based program brings together stability and mobility exercises that are focused on strengthening the three major muscle groups of the pelvic core, often called the “pelvic pyramid.”
Women of all ages, fitness levels and life stages can benefit from the program, which promises improved flexibility and strength, flatter tummies, improved sexual health and better bladder health.
Along with the safe exercises, Total Control® also features a comprehensive educational element to help women alleviate symptoms and find appropriate care. The program includes:
• Anatomy 101. Students learn where critical organs are, how they function, and how they’re supported.
• The Pelvic Pyramid. Clear, simple instructions are given for locating and activating key muscles (transversus abdominis, multifidus, and pelvic floor muscles).
• Treatment Insights. Women receive valuable information on a wide range of care options, from fitness and dietary changes, to behavioral therapy and pharmaceuticals, and discover how to find the right healthcare provider.
Classes are typically taught at local hospitals, clinics and YWCAs throughout the country. The seven-week program meets twice weekly for 60 minutes of exercise followed by 15 minutes of key pelvic health tips, and includes course materials and a workbook. A workout DVD is also available.
For more information about improving pelvic health through the targeted Total Control® exercise program or to find classes, visit www.totalcontrolprogram.com.
Whether it’s Total Control®, a walking club, yoga, or any number of fitness options, exercise should play an important role in maintaining your bladder health. Keep active and keep confident!