Being forced to self-isolate for a few months has made us all appreciate the little things a lot more. Suddenly, the idea of walking somewhere other than around your own suburb no longer seems like a chore!
But for anyone with incontinence, exercise can be a bit nerve-wracking because even a brisk walk can set it off and leave you feeling embarrassed or having to rush home for a change of clothes. But you can exercise in confidence now, with the protection of pee-proof active shorts.
You don’t have to wear protective underwear underneath or use disposable incontinence pads with them because the shorts themselves have built-in undies designed for managing bladder leakage.
In fact, they offer a completely new solution for when you need to be certain you won’t be embarrassed mid-workout. Modibodi has made a name for itself as the go-to underwear for younger women that gets rid of the need for period products, but it also offers running shorts that work for women who live with incontinence.
The shorts, which come in sizes ranging from XS to 2XL (that’s Aussie sizes 8 to 18), are a real, 100 per cent Aussie-designed-and-owned triumph.
The shorts themselves are made from a light-weight fabric, with an elasticated waistband for extra comfort and a hidden zipper pocket for stashing keys or a bank card. But the real genius is in the built-in underpants, which use an Australian-patented technology that puts a tiny, 3mm stain-proof and water-proof lining inside the pant material.
Another Aussie-first technology ensures the undies are also moisture-wicking (that means they pull moisture away from your body so they never feel wet or sweaty) and odour-fighting.
The best part is that Modibodi active shorts can be worn without any other protective products such as panty liners or incontinence pads, yet they never feel wet. Nor do they cause any smell because the three-layer technology Modibodi uses for the inbuilt undies locks the liquid and any odour into the middle layer of the patented 3mm lining.
Modibodi shorts are designed for light-to-moderate absorbency, which means they can hold one to two teaspoons of liquid, which should instil you with plenty of confidence while you workout.
The design of the shorts is slim-fitting, though, so if you’re in between sizes, it’s a good idea to size up.
You might imagine such high-tech shorts require special handling but no – they’re machine-washable on a gentle, cold cycle, and should be hung out to dry rather than tumble-dried. It’s important, however, not to use fabric softeners or strong detergents when washing them as these laundry products don’t mix well with the undies’ high-tech lining so may cause them to age less well.
And because they’re made of natural fibres that are particularly attractive to silverfish and the like, it’s a good idea to store your Modibodi shorts in a soft, dry laundry bag when not in use. With the right handling, each pair should last two years or longer.
Modibodi active shorts are priced at an affordable $54.95, which is what comparable to what you’d pay for a pair of shorts from a leading athletic-wear label, except they have the added benefit of keeping you leak-proof and embarrassment-free. When you think about how quickly the cost of disposable incontinence products can add up, Modibodi shorts are a far more sustainable, environment-friendly option. After all, who wants to contribute to landfill in our beautiful country if it can be avoided?
If you want to nab yourself a real bargain, why not add the Active Pack to your cart? On sale at the moment for $142, the pack contains one pair of the active running shorts, plus three pairs of Modibodi’s popular active briefs, which are made with the same leak-proof technology and are comfy too because the fabric is a super-soft blend of merino and bamboo. No digging into your skin!
Plus, Modibodi offers 10 per cent off if you sign up to receive its emails keeping you updated on its products, and a 30-day risk-free trial period in which you can return your shorts or any other product for a refund in the unlikely event they don’t work for you. There’s also free shipping on orders over $100 and a six-month product guarantee. And delivery is contactless, so there’s no risk of compromising your self-isolation.
So, if you reckon now is a good time to give another incontinence solution a go, there’s very little reason not to try. You can find out more about Modibodi here.
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