Kegels! I said it.. the “hush hush” exercise us women don’t want men to know about. But why not? We are so keen on strengthening our core and rear end for bikini season but no one talks about strengthening our lady parts too. I know what you’re thinking… Kegels are done/thought of with a sexual undertone so to publicly expose yourself would be “un-lady like”, WRONG!
Yes, it goes without saying your vagina will be stronger and essentially a bit tighter which we all know will increase sexual pleasure but Kegels are beneficial in so many other ways. Kegels are meant to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles that can weaken due to pregnancy, childbirth, aging, being overweight and certain abdominal surgeries (obviously nothing to be embarrassed about). Doctors and Gynos recommend them highly to woman to gain bladder control and strengthen muscle.
Listen to me ramble! I apologize to anyone reading this thinking “What the in the wild wild west are Kegels?”
Let’s start from the beginning…. The Facts:
What are Kegels?
Kegels are vaginal exercise discovered by Dr. Arnold Kegel in the 1950’s that is meant to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which support the uterus, bladder, small intestine and rectum. The Kegel exercise is simply when a female repeatedly contracts and relaxes the vaginal muscles. It’s like doing bicep curls for your “Hooo-Hah”!
How to do Kegels?
Have you ever tried to stop your pee after you’ve already started? Well, those are your Kegel muscles. (Side note, don’t practice Kegels when you are peeing. It’s not good)
- First, as you are sitting or lying down, try to contract the muscles you would use to stop urinating. You should feel your pelvic muscles squeezing your urethra
- When you’ve found the right way to contract the pelvic muscles, squeeze for 3 seconds and then relax for 3 seconds.
- Repeat this exercise 10 to 15 times per session. Try to do this at least 3 times a day. Kegel exercises are only effective when done regularly.
Why Kegels Matter?
Many women experience leakage after child birth, pregnancy, age, or being overweight. Kegel exercises are a natural and healthy way to eliminate any embarrassing situations. And then there’s the sex thing.. but let’s keep in PG shall we? The chart below pretty much covers all of the important benefits you can gain from Kegels.
How often should I do Kegels?
The beauty of this exercise is that it can be done every day! You can do Kegel exercises discretely without anyone knowing… while driving, while at work, while tanning in your beach hat… while writing a Kegel blog… anytime! The more you do them the better they work.. duh.
As a lady, I care about the well-being of all females and their parts. I hope you take this 101 session as a helpful tip to a happy and healthier you.