It’s not the latest dance craze, but it is a great workout. Kegels are simple-to-do exercises that consist of contracting and relaxing the muscles of your pelvic floor in order to maintain and strengthen them.
Performing Kegels regularly is just as important as doing your routine cardio or working out with weights. That’s because as you age, so does your vaginal interior. It may even weaken and make it harder for you to control your bladder or reach a sexual climax.
Luckily in 1952, Dr. Arnold Kegel used his gynecological skills to publish a report recommending the exercises as a way to increase pelvic vascularity, which means more blood flow and more veins in the pelvic region. This allows for an increase in awareness of vaginal sensations, thus making it easier for women to not only control the flow of urine and avoid incontinence, but also enhance vaginal orgasm.
So how do you a Kegel exercise? It’s easy. Sit or lie down and contract the muscles you would use to stop urination. You should feel your pelvic floor muscles squeezing your urethra and anus. Do not tighten your abdomen or buttocks. Focus on your pelvic floor area.
Contract for three seconds and then relax for three seconds. This completes one set. Aim to perform 10-15 sets at least three times per day for optimum results.
As is the case with using ankle weights or hand weights during an aerobic workout, you may find yourself in need of aids to help with your Kegels. Passion Parties features three Kegel products designed for a successful exercise session. Because each product is safely weighted, they gently challenge you to contract and use your pelvic floor muscles. All of them are available at www.GrownUpSexEd.com.
- Kegel Pods are joined together and feature a dangling tail for easy removal. Featuring a smooth silicone construction, Kegel Pods are just right for beginners.
- Pleasure Pearls are two separate pearlescent-coated plastic balls made for intermediate level users.
- Ben-Wa Balls are best advanced Kegel exercisers. Made from solid metal, the balls may move as you move, causing stimulation and possibly arousal.
Did you know?
Men need to practice Kegel exercises, too! Just like women, men battle incontinence with aging. Men can discover their urinary sphincter by stopping and re-starting urination during flow. Once located, men should also practice a daily regimen of contracting and relaxing these muscles.
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