How important are Kegel exercises?
Kegel exercises are designed to strengthen muscles in your pelvic floor. If you’ve ever been absolutely bursting for a wee and clenched to hold it in, those are the muscles we’re talking about. They support the bowels, bladder and sexual organs, and if they are weak it can lead to incontinence of both urine and faeces. Unsurprisingly, this issue affects women more than men, as childbirth stretches and loosens these muscles, on top of their natural weakening as you get older.
But there are two important things to remember: Kegel exercises can re-strengthen these muscles, and they are beneficial for men too. The most obvious benefit of these exercises is that they can reduce incontinence. You’ll worry less about leaking a little bit of wee if you’re enjoying yourself out with friends, or if you’re nervous giving an important presentation. Perseverance and dedication can mean that you no longer have to wear sanitary pads and therefore you’ll be more comfortable.
There is one other significant benefit to kegel exercises: stronger pelvic floor muscles can mean a more intense – and therefore more active – sex life. Tighter pelvic floor muscles can help both men and women achieve more powerful orgasms, and they can help men sustain erections for longer and reduce instances of premature ejaculation.
Furthermore, Kegel exercises are really easy to do. Though at first you will probably have to perform them lying down to ensure that you’re exercising the right muscles, it won’t be long until you’re able to fit them in to your day. Look here for our introductory guide. The exercise is discreet enough to perform even if you’re standing still queuing for the bus or waiting at a pedestrian crossing. And if you need a little more guidance starting off, look into the Educator.
So, contrary to popular belief, Kegel exercises are not just for ‘women of a certain age’. Both men and women can benefit from these exercises throughout adulthood. Just like working out and keeping fit, it’s better to act sooner rather than later, like a pre-emptive strike against incontinence.