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Incontinence, Confidence, Group Exercise, and Big-Headed Babies

Alexandra Williams, MA

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pic of TRX plank tuck

A Confident TRX Plank Tuck

We boomers are at the age where we have some questions or issues with incontinence, ranging from mild to interfering! And who wants to live a curtailed life just because we had the temerity to have children??!! And who wants to admit it? But the more we talk and share our stories, the easier it is to find solutions and support.

I gave birth to two big-headed boys in the mid-90s. I have also taught exercise classes since the early 80s and currently teach at a local club and university. At the U, my students love high impact workouts such as kickboxing, sports drills, HIIT, boot camp … well, you get the drill. Jumpy, bouncy workouts.

Thanks to my boys’ big-headed exits from me, I have to cross my legs when I sneeze or cough if I’m standing. But it’s impossible to cross my legs while doing a jumping jack or burpee. Try it and you’ll see what I mean!

I’ve done Kegels for years, but they only work up to a certain point. So I need a back-up plan. Over the years I’ve tried various mini and maxi pads. I modify my moves as well, to avoid a lot of impact. I have no interest in surgery, as that’s too extreme of a choice for me. So when I was contacted to try the Depend for Women underwear with Fit-Flex protection, I said yes, as I’m probably the perfect fit for their target demographic (<—- see what I did there?). Like you (probably), my first reaction was “What?! I’m too young for those. Aren’t those undies for my parents? But I’m pragmatic, and kind of had a mental checklist:

1. I need something so that I can continue to do high impact workouts
2. I have to wear underwear
3. I might as well try something that combines #1 and #2

Total Gym workout at IHRSA

Moving with confidence

So I did end up wearing the undies they sent me for a few of my classes. I definitely felt less worried. Because they are kind of textured like the elastic shirts of the early 70s (wish I had pics from that time), they looked bumpy under my fitness capris. I would love for Kimberly-Clark to come up with a version that’s smooth and shaped like boy shorts. In any case, I folded the top part down, then put a pair of boy shorts over the Fit-Flex undies. That solved it, and I had a smooth line. I think all those layers even gave me a rounder tush! Score!!!!

Depend Protective Undies

Nerdy High Waist that Easily Folds Over

One little bonus is that you can tear them off. Who cares, right? Well, I teach 3 classes in a row two days a week, and only the first two are impact classes. Without time in between the 2nd and 3rd class to completely undress then re-dress, I just tore them off in under 30 seconds. Not in public.

If you want to try a pair of your own, you can request a free sample by clicking the link. If you want to get other women’s opinions, you can watch these videos from Depend.

We’d love to get your comments, suggestions, solutions and opinions. Let us know what works for you.

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About Fun and Fit

Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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3 Responses to Incontinence, Confidence, Group Exercise, and Big-Headed Babies

  1. Jody - Fit at 56 April 12, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    Well, you are braver than me!!! :) But glad you were honest about seeing them under there. I think I will wait till I am a bit older & stick with my Knixwear for now… which I really do feel so much less worried when I exercise! :)
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  2. Rosacea home treatment April 13, 2014 at 11:51 pm #

    I wish i will request a free sample, But i think if i follow all the post you posted and , you will post. I can learn a lot :) Well I will follow all the instruction you described but i think It will be very tough as i am 82kg lol :) Fats are going to kill me :'(
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  3. saanvi April 19, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    Wow another great post I found today here, I want to share my thoughts here- fitness boot camps and group workouts are all the rage these days. From the external social motivation to push yourself harder, to the fun of training with group camaraderie, it’s no surprise that exercising with a crowd can get you better results.
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