I know, I sound crazy....but it’s true! I was doing a quick “search” and came across this article that was speaking about whether belly dancing had a positive effect on pelvic floor function, especially related to urinary incontinence.
In the study, they took 24 women, middle ages, that had been diagnosed with urinary incontinence. They separated in 2 groups and one group had a 90 day belly dancing program while the other group did not do belly dancing.
After the belly dancing program, there was an increase in pelvic floor pressure contraction, meaning they got stronger. It was also declared that the belly dancing program decreased the severity of the urinary incontinence.
Of course, there were errors/issues with the study, as with all studies. One of which is the very small sample size (only 24 women), it was performed not in American women, and personally I felt it lacked certain descriptions.
However, I am a HUGE believer in doing FUN forms of exercises...and belly dancer sounds like so much fun!!!!! I highly recommend giving it a shot if you are looking for a different form of exercise! Take a class and enjoy yourself!
Due to the amount of movement that your pelvis has to have in order to perform belly dancing, your pelvic floor muscles have to contract and relax properly with amazing coordination. Sex is still my favorite way to work your pelvic floor...but belly dancing seems to be a good runner up!
PS- I'm a fan of twerking for pelvic floor health as well!
Here is the article:
J Phys Ther Sci. 2017 Mar; 29(3): 384–386.
Published online 2017 Mar 22. doi: 10.1589/jpts.29.384
Effect of belly dancing on urinary incontinence-related muscles and vaginal pressure in middle-aged women