Do your Kegels, ladies!
Kegels. If you’re doing them regularly, congratulations! You’re in a very exclusive club.
If you don’t know what they are, then you are probably peeing a little bit every time you sneeze.
If you do know what they are, but just aren’t doing them…you’re like most of us, and you could use a little bit of motivation, encouragement, and reminders.
So tell me, Allie, what is a Kegel?
For those of you who haven’t yet been enlightened, Kegel exercises (so named for its inventor, Arnold Kegel), target your pelvic floor muscles.
Pelvic muscles become weaker through the process of pregnancy and childbirth, and hormone changes during menopause. Weak pelvic floor muscles can lead to incontinence, and even uterine prolapse.
Strengthening your pelvic floor also leads to improved sexual function (if you’re in the mood at all anymore).
Doctors recommend that all women do Kegels to keep their pelvic floor muscles in good shape and prevent the pee-sneeze dilemma (and worse) that can happen as we age.
How do I do Kegels?
Find the muscles that you use to stop the flow of urine and tighten them as much as possible, hold for a few seconds, and release. Do sets of 10 or so whenever you remember.
I found THIS FANTASTIC SONG that had me rolling on the floor laughing, and reminded me to do my Kegels.
I don’t know if I would make it my ring tone though.
Top 5 Best Times to Do Kegels
5. Driving to work, or when stuck in traffic
4. During a boring business meeting (no one will ever have to know).
3. Any time you are waiting in line.
2. During commercials while watching TV.
And, drumroll, the best time to do Kegels (or at least the most fun), is…
1. While having sex. Your partner will thank you.
It doesn’t matter when or where you decide to do them, just be sure that you do your Kegels, ladies!