Are Kegels really something I should be doing? And, um, what are they?
Kegels are a specific exercise to strengthen the muscles in the pelvic floor, which is a hammock-like group of muscles underneath your genitals and throughout your boney pelvis. These muscles hold up your vagina, uterus and bladder.
The best way to learn Kegels is to sit on the toilet and start peeing and then stop your flow of urine before you’re completely done. You do this by pulling up and contracting the muscles in your vagina and holding onto that contraction for 2-5 seconds. Then relax the muscles completely and finish peeing. Remember, this is the way to learn the exercise but you don’t have to actually do Kegels when you pee. In fact, Kegel exercises can be done any time and in any position.
The value of the exercise is that it helps prevent weakening on the muscles that support your pelvic organs. Doing Kegels improves muscle strength and blood circulation throughout the pelvis. In a perfect world, adult women would do these exercises daily in 2 sets of 15. But the fact is that despite their proven benefits, few women are diligent about Kegels. For teen gals, Kegel exercises are not as important as they are for woman after they’ve had a baby or after 40.
In your teens, your muscles tone is strong. But after childbirth and the longer we spend defying gravity by standing up, these muscles weaken. If I were you, I would learn how to do Kegel exercises, practice them and try to develop the routine of doing them. But if you don’t, don’t feel bad or worried. I guarantee you that someone later in life will suggest them to you and you can catch-up then.
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