I think it’s fair to say that this year I’ve had quite a new experiences and taken on quite a few new challenges.
- First time at the ballet (The Nutcracker)
- Took up cycling
- Went horse riding
- Levada walking in Madeira
- Haggling in Marrakech
- Moving house!
- Salsa dancing
- Visited Tenerife, Morocco, Madeira, Malta, Crete, Menorca and Mallorca
- Performed Vivaldi’s Gloria with Caldy Valley Voices at Chester Cathedral
I don’t think being in my fifties is holding me back! In fact, a recent survey by TENA Lady showed that when asked, 55% of women said that the best thing about getting older was that they would have more time to embark on new hobbies. Many however, say they are deterred from doing as they wish by bladder weakness.
One of the most unwelcome things about being past menopause and in your mid fifties, is the occasional ‘oops’ moment, when a trickle of urine escapes when you sneeze or cough too hard. This has been a taboo subject for years, but goodness knows why. Most of us experience it at some stage, whether we have given birth or not.
Depending on how it affects you, urinary incontinence can be just the teeniest trickle, to a couple of teaspoons, and how you deal with it can vary too.
TENA Lady have a range of products to protect you against leaks; from the lightest panty liner, to a more secure pair of knickers (called Pants Plus which are breathable, discreet and comfortable enough for everyday use) should you need the extra protection. All TENA products offer triple protection from leaks, odour and moisture, helping you stay dry, secure and confident
I’m hoping that yoga and Pilates classes have strengthened my pelvic floor to the extent that I will never have a significant problem. However, as one in three of women experience bladder weakness at some stage in their life, it’s good to know there is something you can do about it and there is absolutely no way it should stop you exercising – even dancing, running or aerobics shouldn’t be out of bounds.
I’m lucky that my yoga and Pilates teacher, Helen at Bodywork Pilates is 100% committed to teaching us the importance of working our pelvic floor. We don’t just go through the motions in our classes – we learn how each move benefits the body. Strength and stability is key to keeping yourself if tip top condition as you age, and this applies just as much to the muscles that hold you together internally as it does to the skeleton that keeps you upright.
I’m loving being 56. My mantra in life is to keep learning, keep doing and be excited about new adventures. I’m always planning my next trip! Coming up in the next three months (apart from the HUGE moving house adventure) is a rail tour of Andalucia, a trip to see Swan Lake and seeing Queen with Adam Lambert in concert.
*this post is sponsored