What is a Kegel? Well, your Kegel muscles are actually your pelvic floor muscles, which are the muscles that sit underneath your pelvis and act like a sling to support the vagina, uterus, bowel and bladder and hold these organs in place within the pelvis and abdominal cavity. They are also the muscles which control the bladder and prevent incontinence, and also help with sexual function.
Kegel exercises are essentially pelvic floor exercises and these can be done anywhere, anytime, as when are doing them nobody should be able to tell what you are doing.
There are many reasons why you might have a weakening of these muscles childbirth, pregnancy, being overweight, straining to go to the toilet, chronic cough, surgery and aging.
Both men and women have pelvic floor muscles, but they are more widely known to be important amongst women because of childbirth related issues however men can have pelvic floor problems as well.
To perform a Kegel exercise or to tighten the pelvic floor:
Draw your pelvic floor area gently up towards your belly, think of lifting it up and tightening as though to stop the flow of urine midstream. If you are sitting in a hard chair, you should feel your pelvic floor are slightly lifting up away from the chair, and the muscles tightening internally. Keep your buttocks and everything else relaxed, just focus on the pelvic floor.
You can perform your Kegel exercise sitting, standing, lying down in any position.
One of the best ways to strengthen the pelvic floor is to do Pilates we have a team of experts at Studio Pilates International that can help you to learn how to tighten your pelvic floor correctly. The benefit of Pilates is that you actually have to hold your pelvic floor tight the whole time whilst performing body-transforming workouts.
To lean more about Kegel exercises and activating your pelvic floor, call us on 3899 4555 or visit us online at www.studiopilates.com.