Firstly, I’m going to confess for me to write about something so personal means it had to be something worth shouting about. As here on my blog I don’t share anything I wouldn’t buy, use or give as a gift myself. Be that fashion, interiors or beauty – or, the latest product that every women needs.
And, that’s where Elvie steps in.
Who or what is Elvie –I hear you ask?
Well that’s exactly what I wondered when they asked if I wanted to put one to the test.
Elvie is your very own personal trainer – and when I say personal I mean ‘personal’. As Elvie is a fitness gadget for your Kegal muscles. Kegal muscles – say what? Known to you and I as the pelvic floor muscles. That is the muscle – located between the tailbone and pubic bone – that is critical for bladder control, childbirth ooh and a healthy sex life.
I am going to confess before I became pregnant I had never once exercised my pelvic floor muscles – and I’m not even sure I knew how too. When I did become pregnant talk of ‘pelvic floors’ were thrown around with labour pains, stitches and all that other stuff that you only ever really take notice of when you are pregnant.
And, I’m going to further *confess* that even during pregnancy and afterbirth I did very few Kegal exercises and I think that is mainly because I still wasn’t sure what I doing – so I kind of gave up as I never really felt they were working.
Admitting this I feel a bit silly – I mean as a grown women and not really understanding my body. But, it seems I’m not the only one – as its estimated that around 30% of women are doing them wrong too. I haven’t had major problems since having Miss M but I will say that my bladder isn’t what it used to be. This could be the older I’m getting too but lets just say when I need the loo –I need the loo! I can’t hold it like I did as a teenager (and, why oh why did I ever do that?), sneezing and coughing is ‘interesting’ and I joke that my trampoline days are long over.
This is why I was intrigued to try the new Elvie – a small oval-shaped tracker that works alongside an app to help you train effectively.
HOW IT WORKS:
- After launching the app and register your Elvie over Bluetooth – you’re good to go.
- The egg shaped, sensor packed device is inserted into the vagina – and removed with the small handle.
- By clenching your Kegal muscles around it Elvie monitors whether you’re doing the exercise correctly with 5-minute workouts that are designed to lift and tone.
- The multiple sensors (inside Elvie) measure the pressure and offer progress reports to help you practise.
- The real-time feedback is monitored via the app and helps you improve your technique.
- Elvie encourages you to ‘pull up’ your muscles rather than ‘push down’ which is where most women go wrong and this can even strain the muscles.
- Your progress is stored in the app so you can keep track of your ‘inner strength’ workout over time
And, that’s exactly what I have been doing over the last few months. Making friends with Elvie. On first view the elegant Elvie packaging looks like a special gift in its pretty pistachio green coloured box – and to be honest it is a special gift, to yourself.
I guess like most women suffering in silence or thinking it will pass – what I had been doing! And, I understand I’ve been lucky to be given this opportunity to try Elvie and in reality had I seen it in the shops I may have dismissed it. Partly because it could look like a complicated fitness gadget that I’ll never get to grips with or one of those things that I will never use. And, maybe because at £149 – it’s not cheap.
But, really can you put a price on something that ultimately helps and benefits your future health?
As women we need to talk about these things and really need to break the silence. That is why I have teamed up with Elvie to discuss this sensitive subject and also to offer one lucky reader their very own personal trainer with an exclusive giveaway.