Kegel Exercises

Kegel Exercises and Pelvic Clocks: 2 Exercises Women Should Do

Women’s health physical therapists swear these pelvic workouts help forestall all kinds of female-specific problems. One’s a classic, and the other will forever change how you look at your watch.

If you have never felt pelvic pain, a “little spritz” (thank you, Whoopi Goldberg, for that phrase), or organ prolapse, you probably want to keep it that way. The best strategy for shaping up “down there”? Yep, that old standby, the Kegel. We know you’ve heard this before, but that’s because experts agree that Kegels are the most effective exercise to improve the muscle tone of the pelvic floor. “After the age of 35, we lose 5 percent of our muscle mass every 10 years,” says women’s health physical therapist Kristi Latham. This reduction occurs in muscles everywhere in the body — including those in our most private regions. Here’s a full pelvic workout, including Kegels and “pelvic clocks.”

Keep in mind: Just like you wouldn’t run sprints with a sprained ankle, you shouldn’t do these exercises if you have a painful pelvic condition (like vaginismus) without first checking with a women’s health physical therapist.

A Kegel Refresher Course
These wonder clenches can increase sexual arousal, improve your ability to reach orgasm, help you master control of your bladder and, says Latham, support your pelvic organs in avoiding dreaded conditions like prolapse.

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