If you’ve ever been told that you should do “kegals”, and wondered what these strange pelvic floor exercises are, exercising on the floor is not what is being discussed. Instead, the person is referring to Kegal Exercises, which are exercises that strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
What Are Kegal Exercises?
Kegal exercises are simply tightening and releasing the pelvic floor muscles. To find these muscles, the next time you urinate, try to stop the flow using your muscles down there. You should be able to feel which muscles are being used. To do Kegal exercises, simply tighten those muscles up, hold it for a few seconds, and release. Repeat the process as often as you wish – nobody will know that you are doing these exercises. When you do these exercises, however, do not do so with a full bladder, as this could lead to a urinary tract infection.
The Value of Kegal Exercises
During pregnancy and childbirth, the pelvic floor muscles can become very weak or damaged. This can also happen due to being overweight, or due to growing older. This can lead to the pelvic organs dropping down into the vaginal region. Essentially, your organs are falling out. These organs include the bladder, the uterus, and the bowels.
When this happens, the condition is known as Pelvic Organ Prolapse. This condition can cause discomfort, and can even cause urine to leak. Kegal exercises can help even if Pelvic Organ Prolapse has already started to happen. Additionally, women who cannot reach orgasm benefit greatly from this Exercises, and these exercises also make the child birthing process easier on the body as well.
How Often Should You Do Kegal Exercises?
You should do them as often as possible, which is quite easy. You just need to make it a habit to do so. These exercises are easily done while sitting. You can do them while at work, while driving, while watching television, or while doing just about anything else that requires you to sit. One thing is certain – there is no such thing as overdoing this type of exercise. The exercises can also be done while standing or lying down, but they seem to be more effective if done while sitting.