Bladder problems? The real cause isn’t inside your body!
Here’s a crazy irony for you guys today: The more you sit, the more likely you’ll end up running.
And I don’t mean training for a marathon.
You could end up running for the toilet – and possibly not making it in time – as new research finds that guys who spend the most hours on the couch face the highest risk of bladder problems.
Whether you’re a desk jockey, a sofa surfer, or simply someone who sits a lot, your risk of those embarrassing leaks, urgent runs, and flat-out incontinence jumps with every hour spent seated.
If you spent 10 hours a day sitting, your risk of bladder struggles jumps by 15 percent.
You could still be at risk: Even five of your waking hours a day spent parked could increase the risk by 8 percent.
On the flip side, if you don’t have bladder problems yet, just a little more movement can help prevent them. Even light daily activity will cut your risk by 6 percent.
Get more movement, and the risk will drop by another 7 percent.
That might sound like a small jump in risk, but the study focused largely on men in their 40s and 50s, when the overall risk is still low.
As you get older and the bladder gets a little weaker, you can bet that the link between “pee problems” and too much sitting gets even greater.
If you’re reading this and thinking “too late for me,” I’ve got some more news for you today: It’s NOT.
Even if you’re already struggling with bladder control… even if you’re dashing to the toilet more often than you care to admit… and even if you’ve had to deal with an embarrassing leak… you can STILL take action.
You can turn it around, regain control, and restore your confidence, and you can do it without the need for harmful medications.
First, change the habit that got you here. Stand up, walk around, and keep on your feet… and you can prevent further damage (and cut your risk of even more serious health conditions, including heart disease and dementia).
And second, lose a little weight.
The new study doesn’t show why people who sit the most have such a high risk, but I think it has a lot to do with weight. Sedentary folks tend to weigh more – often a lot more – and that extra size can put pressure on the bladder, which leads to all of those problems.
Drop a few pounds, and you can plug your leaks and cut your risks.