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Top 3 benefits of Kegel exercises

One of the best documented ways to keep you fit and address medical issues is to do Kegel exercises. Although they are mostly known as exercises for women who have recently given birth, these types of workouts can also serve anyone, men and women alike who have medical issues and problems.

Its many uses

Dr. Arnold Henry Kegel, an American gynaecologist invented the Kegel perineometer which measures the strength of pelvic floor muscles contraction. Today, Kegel exercises are widely prescribed as physio treatment or complement to an existing therapy. Childbirth, pregnancy, surgery, obesity and even aging are just few of the conditions of patients which can benefit from Kegel exercises. There are many touted benefits of Kegel exercises, as follows:

  • Helps control urinary incontinence

Kegel exercises help by strengthening the muscles. Specifically, the patient learns when to use specific muscles if situations causing incontinence arise such as coughing and sneezing.

  • Promotes sex orgasm

There is also another benefit associated with Kegel exercises such as enhanced pleasure during sex. Along with counseling and sex therapy, these physical activities can improve sex orgasm.

  • Improves the condition of vaginismus

Sometimes, a woman has an unconscious desire to avoid sex for several reasons such as pain, fear or a physical condition. This is called vaginismus. Kegel can help in this case by tapping the right muscles and strengthening them.

How to do Kegel exercises

Here is how to do the exercises:

  • Squeeze the muscles used to stop the flow of urine.
  • Hold the urge to urinate for about 10 seconds.
  • Relax for another 10 seconds.
  • Repeat the exercise 10 to 20 times consecutively.
  • Do these exercises 2 to 3 times in a day. You will notice great improvement within 2-3 months.

Exercises on the go

Kegel exercises can be done anywhere whilst lying down, standing or sitting. The only thing that can be extremely difficult to identify is the right muscle to work on. To do this, you can insert a finger in the pelvic area to stop urine flow. If there is pressure and urine stops, then you know you have the right muscle for your workout.

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