There are plenty of exercises we’re all told we should be doing but kegels hold a lot of mystery. So what are kegel exercises, how do you do kegels and why should you bother? Kegels are exercises that strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. These muscles support your bladder and bowel and give you control when you urinate. As you get older, your pelvic floor muscles get weaker. Kegel exercises help to keep your pelvic floor strong and have clear benefits for your health and your sex life. Regardless of age, health, or situation everyone should be doing them – that’s right guys, we’re talking to you too!
Better Sex and Stronger Orgasms
The muscles strengthened duringKegel exercises are some of the muscles that contract during orgasm, so toning them enhances sensations and makes it much easier to reach a climax for both sexes. Not only this, but because you’ve learned how to control your pelvic floor muscles, you can be the master of your orgasm.
For ladies, stronger pelvic muscles also means a tighter vagina – so you and your partner get to feel more intense sensations during sex.
Prevents Urinary Incontinence
The squeezing motion applied to your muscles during Kegel exercises can help with urinary incontinence. Pregnancy and childbirth often weaken the pelvic floor muscles, so it’s a great idea to do Kegels to prevent any leaks before and after your baby is born. But it’s not just beneficial for mothers! Non-pregnant women and men can also benefit from them.
Ageing, and a vast range of health issues can also lead to it when coughing, laughing or sneezing, so by strengthening the muscles around your bladder and you gain better control.
Doing these simple exercises could leave you free from embarrassment and the uncomfortable sensation that you might have an accident.
What are some Kegel Exercises I can do?
There are many different ways of strengthening your pelvic floor muscles, and toys and devices to help you along the way.
Kegel balls (also known as Ben Wa Balls and Love Balls) are ball shaped weights that have been used since ancient times for sexual stimulation and are also used to exercise the pelvic floor muscles for women post pregnancy to re-gain strength and tightness.
They are small balls that usually come in pairs and fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. Inside each one, a heavier weighted ball knocks against the outside as they move. Think of a maraca!
When inside the vagina, the knocking sensation causes your muscles to contract; constantly massaging and toning the vaginal walls as you move. They are used for strengthening and toning but the internal sensations are really pleasurable! Plus, stronger muscles can help you to reach orgasm easier and even increase your sex drive.
Want to know how to use them? Check out our handy guide.
Without Kegel Balls
Releasing your hips will help open up your pelvic area and increase blood flow to your V- zone.
Step 1: While standing, tilt your pelvis forwards and backwards.
Step 2: As you thrust forward, contract your abs and glutes and exhale. You can also try stopping the flow when you pee and see how long you can hold it before releasing.
Step 3: Release and inhale as you tilt back.
Step 4: Do 10 slow reps, followed by 10 fast reps.
I’m sure you’ve already started by now, how could you resist? As you can see, Kegel exercises are great for everyone. Why not boost your sex life, improve your orgasms and gain the amazing benefits of perfect pelvic health?!