Kegel Exercises: These exercises are also referred to as Pelvic Floor exercises. The pelvic floor is a sling shape muscle and the very base of your abdomen. These muscles help support organs - the bladder and bowel in men, and bladder, bowel and uterus in women. These muscles connect the pubic bone (at the front) to tailbone or coccyx (at the base of your spine) and between sitting bones (side to side).
Test it First
To test the strength of your pelvic floor muscles, next time you urinate, try to stop the flow, in midstream. If you have difficulty doing this, you need to do some exercises.
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These exercises are simple to do, but you need to be sure you know that you’re doing them properly.
What are the Benefits of exercising Pelvic Floor?
Improved control over bladder and bowel function
Reduced risk of prolapse (i.e. 'sagging' of internal organs)
Better recovery from childbirth and surgery
Increased sexual sensation and orgasmic potential
Increased social confidence and quality of life.
Core Strength: Strong muscles provide support to the organs above.They help hold you upright. They are integral in “turning on” other abdominal muscles such as the transverses abdominals for developing core strength in pilates.
They work with back muscles to stabilise and support the spine.
TIP Strangely, it is beneficial to hold visiting the toilet from as long as is comfortable to "train" those muscles to hold the load. That in itself, is one of our pelvic floor exercises. Also, drink lots of water because the bladder has difficulty coping if you are not properly hydrated.