Kegel Exercise Benefits: As we age the strength of the Pelvic Floor decreases. This can cause, as some of us know, difficulties with incontinence, and for women, prolapse.
These exercises will help you strengthen your pelvic floor muscle. The pelvic floor is a sling shape muscle and the very base of your abdomen. It's part of our core muscles, and a very important part.
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).
With age, gravity takes its toll on just about every part of our bodies, but in particular, your pelvic floor muscles. They droop! Horror! But it's never too late to do something about it, so get get cracking and go to our Pelvic Floor Technique page.
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.
Who are at risk?
These exercises are simple to do, but you need to be sure you know that you’re doing them properly.
TIP It is beneficial to hold visiting the toilet for as long as is comfortable to "train" muscles to hold the load. Also, drink lots of water because the bladder won't cope well if you are not properly hydrated.
Also, the pelvic floor muscle works in tandem with the diaphragm. Deep breathing is very important if you're serious about strengthening these muscles. As you exhale your very deep breath, contract you pelvic floor muscles at the same time.