Kegel exercises are traditionally promoted as an exercise for women who want to protect themselves from stress incontinence, tighten their pelvic floor after childbirth, or improve their sexual function. However, as you will see from these kegel exercises video guides, men can benefit from kegel exercises too.
Dr Arnold Kegel is the man who came up with the idea of performing exercises to tone the pelvic floor. These exercises are a little confusing to learn at first but they are easier than they first sound, and you can do them easily and discreetly throughout the day, whenever you have a spare moment or two. The exercises will pay off after a few weeks, and serve you well for as long as you continue to do them.
One particular video that you can find online teaches men how to exercise their pubococcygeus muscle. It may seem unusual for a man to perform kegels, but there are many benefits, including improved erectile strength and the reduction of premature ejaculation, so they are well worth doing.
One good kegel exercises video for women is the guide produced by Michelle Kenway. Kenway describes several simple and effective exercises in her “how to” video, and then offers a second advanced workout in a later video. This is not available at present but you could try a search for it on Amazon, in case it comes back in. You can see various videos on pelvic floor exercises below.
You can do kegel exercises as a single workout when you have a spare few moments, or do kegels throughout the day. Some women pick a frequent event that they associate with kegels, such as stopping at a traffic light, or turning the lights on or off at home. However you decide to schedule your kegel exercises, the most important thing is that you do them.
Be sure to learn how to do kegels properly from one of the videos listed above. You may have heard that “stopping the flow of urine” exercises your kegel muscles. While it is technically true that when you stop the flow of urine you are employing the same muscles as you do in a kegel exercise, performing this action regularly could weaken the muscles and may also lead to urinary tract infections. The only reason to try to stop the flow of urine is if you are trying to isolate the muscles so that you can learn how to perform the exercises described in the videos.
If you are still having trouble figuring out how to do the exercises, talk to your doctor. Many doctors offer biofeedback training, which involves placing a small monitoring device inside your vagina. The device will give a readout on a separate display, giving you an idea of whether you are contracting the muscles correctly, and how long you can hold them for. If you still struggle, they can also use current to activate the muscles. Once you have felt a contraction for yourself a few times you should be able to figure out how to activate the muscles on demand. It is well worth making the effort to learn how to do kegels properly.
Not Just Kegels
However, kegels exercises by themselves are not the only exercises to help improve the tone of the pelvic floor. You also need to perform squats. Squats help improve the whole tone of the pelvic floor, not just one muscle.