Trampoline exercises have been very popular in recent years. It’s a combination of physical activity and great fun, so it’s not surprising that more and more women choose jumping frog style classes. Scientists point out, however, that this kind of activity can have a very bad effect on the pelvic floor muscles. What is the threat?
Pelvic floor muscles – what you need to know about them
The pelvic floor muscles are located on the bottom of the pelvic floor and their task is to maintain the internal organs in the proper system. They are based on the bladder, uterus, and intestines. Under the influence of high overloads, the ligaments of the muscles can stretch, and this causes their weakening. Loads threatening your pelvis generate, for example… jumping.
Why does this happen? With every jump, the organs “bounce” from the pelvic floor muscles. The pelvis must tighten properly in order for it to remain in the right place. Unfortunately, these muscles slowly return to the state of diastole.
It is worth stressing that pelvic muscle contraction while jumping is not a safe thing to do, because you cannot fully control it. This is a physiological reaction, you might even say that it is a rescue reaction for your intestines. This fact disenchants the fashionable exercises on trampolines.
Trampoline – a fitness that harms you?
So, is trampoline exercises one big water drink? Of course, with occasional trips to the trampoline park or to jumping frog classes, there is nothing wrong. But what if you attend them frequently, for a few months? Unfortunately, you risk many unpleasant problems, especially if you are in a risk group.
Weakened pelvic floor muscles. Who do they affect?
The group of women who should give up on jumping fitness is primarily women after pregnancy. This state in itself forces your pelvic floor muscles to make a huge effort. Jumping will prevent them from full regeneration. Unfortunately, jumping classes are often attended by young mothers who want to quickly return to their pre-pregnancy form. Older women are also exposed to the negative effects of exercise.