Top Ten Reasons You Should Be Doing Kegel Exercises
Kegel exercises, also called “pelvic floor exercises”, deserve special attention for the tremendous benefits they offer to the urinary and reproductive systems in both men and women.
They were first introduced in 1948 by Dr. Arnold Kegel, a gynecologist in Iowa who made advances in understanding the importance of the strength of a woman’s pelvic floor – the muscles and connective tissue of the pelvis.
Say the word “Kegel” and in-the-know middle schoolers everywhere will giggle, but this exercise habit is no laughing matter. There are amazing health benefits of doing Kegels, working wonders for men and women alike. Here are a few of the most convincing reasons to give Kegels a try:
1. You are probably one of those who could benefit from Kegels. A weakened pelvic floor is not an uncommon problem, and Kegels are designed specifically to strengthen that muscle group. Anything can lead to a weak pelvis, from abdominal surgery to a hip injury to chronic strain or fatigue. And I’ll say it again – men are not exempt from benefiting from Kegel exercises.
2. The stronger your pelvic floor is, the more supported your internal organs are. And the more supported your organs are, the better they function. Health in the pelvic organs is extremely important for a healthy body, as most of these organs are key parts of the body’s way of ridding itself of waste and toxins.
3. A stronger pelvis means less chance of urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence is something that can affect all people, and it probably affects more of us than most people realize. The older a person gets, the more susceptible he or she is to urinary incontinence. Do your Kegels now and save yourself a few trips down the adult diaper aisle later.
4. A stronger pelvis also means less chance of anal incontinence. Though this benefit pretty much speaks for itself, I will flourish it with a “ditto for #3.”
5. Disorders of the reproductive organs in both men and women can be prevented by Kegel exercises. Prolapse of the uterus in women and pain or swelling of the prostate in men are painful, potentially dangerous conditions that can be treated or avoided with the regular use of pelvic floor exercises.
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