Kegel exercise boasts innumerable benefits to the body that we can’t begin to name. However, seeing this topic will leave some confused and others indifferent because not many know what Kegel exercise is all about and those who know don’t care much. Of course this exercise may not make you look noticeably better (no six-pack here), but they play a vital role in your health, especially in your pelvic region. What’s more? This exercise is both beneficial to men and women.
What Is Kegel Exercise?
According to Healthline, Kegel exercises are simple clench-and-release exercises that you can do to make the muscles of your pelvic floor stronger. Your pelvis is the area between your hips that holds your reproductive organs. That is to say that this exercise not only firms up your muscles, but is also beneficial to your reproductive organs. So what are the benefits of Kegel exercise? Check out these amazing reasons why you should do more Kegel exercise.
Kegel Exercise Controls Urinary/Fecal Incontinence
Urinary/fecal incontinence are pelvic floor disorders. They result in involuntary loss of control in bodily function of either reflex for urine or the control of a normal bowel movement. This means you always have the ‘urge to go.’ Trying this exercise helps strengthen the pelvic floor muscle which in turn controls urniary/fecal incontinence.
Kegel Exercise Improves The Vaginal Muscles
For women, Kegel exercise is helpful if you have painful intercourse as it opens the vagina walls. It also improves the blood circulation which helps in sexual arousal. This means you’ll have no reason to ‘fake moan‘ but truly enjoy sex.
Helps With Easy Delivery
Research shows that women who practice Kegel during pregnancy found it easier to give birth. Maybe it’s as a result of all the wonders this exercise does for the pelvis and vagina. If you’re pregnant, why not add this to your routine and thank me later….wink wink.
Strengthens The Pelvic Organ
Vaginal childbirth can cause pelvic organ prolapse (when the uterus, urethra, and/or bowel sag down into the vagina). This is usually as a result of weakened pelvic floor muscles due to pregnancy and vaginal delivery. When women experience this, Kegels could be recommended by a doctor to help strengthen the pelvic floor muscle.
This happens when physical movement or activity — such as coughing, laughing, sneezing, running, or lifting heavy objects–puts pressure /stress on the bladder thereby causing urine leakage. In the event of this, Kegel exercise can come in handy to combat this. However, do note that stress incontinence is different from psychological stress.
Improves The Hardness Of Erections
Kegel isn’t only for females, and also benefits the men. The pelvic floor muscles encourage good blood flow to the groin area, which is important in getting harder erections. And harder erections equals more sensation during sex. All thanks to Kegel exercise.
So, how is Kegel exercise done?
Make sure your bladder is empty, then sit or lie down.
Tighten your pelvic floor muscles. Hold tight and count 3 to 5 seconds.
Relax the muscles and count 3 to 5 seconds.
Repeat 10 times, 3 times a day (morning, afternoon, and night).
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