Kegels: The body part you aren’t working out enough
You know when you really, really need to pee, but by some magic, you manage to hold it in just in time to pull up to the closest gas station or pop a squat behind a port-a-loo at a music festival? Well, you’ve got your kegel muscles to thank for that.
Your pelvic floor muscles, otherwise known as your Kegel muscles, are what support the uterus, bladder, small intestine and rectum. Essentially, these are the muscles that stop you from peeing yourself in the toilet line at Siglo on a Friday night. Unless you’ve given birth or are currently pregnant, you’ve probably never heard of them, and you probably don’t know that these muscles can be trained. That’s right, you’re essentially working out your vagina. Cool.
Since I lack the necessary goods to preach to all body parts, this info is aimed more for the vagina owners of the world. But my sources (read: Wikipedia) say that it’s beneficial for everyone to work out their pelvic floor muscles. So go for it!
A stronger… vagina?
Okay, hear me out. There are many health benefits to exercising your pelvic floor muscles! For those wishing to reproduce in the future, it can help speed up recovery after you’ve given birth, and some people say it can help lessen pain during birth as well. So if you’re looking to reproduce anytime soon, it might be a good idea to get on this, pronto.
We probably all avoid thinking about what life will be like 50 years down the track, but when you get old, things start to give out. And your bladder is one of them. But, you guessed it, exercising your Kegels can help with incontinence later down the line too!
If you’re young and couldn’t care less about getting your 5+ a day and exercising regularly, and your diet consists of 2 minute noodles and raspberry cruisers, then exercising your Kegels is probably the last thing you’ll remember to do after a hard day of missing lectures. BUT, you’ll likely be much more intrigued if I tell you that exercising your Kegel muscles can actually improve your sex life. Yup, that’s right. A stronger pelvic floor can help give you more control during sex and increase the pleasure you get from the Big O.
Exercising your Kegels is actually super easy. You can literally do it right now, as you flip through Massive, and it doesn’t matter if you’re in your car, enjoying a life-saving iced coffee in Tussock, or studying in the library. No one will know!
Just imagine you’re trying to keep yourself from peeing. Classy, right?
Essentially, you want to clench those muscles as tight as you can, and hold for 3-5 seconds. Release and relax for a few seconds, then repeat around 5-10 times. Easy as that!
Do this around 3 times per day. Some people who are really serious about it like to set times; in the morning, at lunch, before bed. But don’t over exert the muscles!
Vagina balls, kegel balls, ben-wa balls, love balls, whatever you want to call them. They’ve had their spotlight in Fifty Shades of Grey, many women love them, and your vagina will love them, too.
Kegel balls essentially take the work out of the work out. You just pop them in and go about your day, and your muscles automatically clench to hold the balls in place! This is great for people who want to take their vagina exercises to the next level, or can’t quite manage to locate the pelvic floor muscles on their own. Plus, there are heaps that connect to apps on your phone, have reminders and even fun games to keep you motivated. Yeah, people are pretty serious about this stuff.
Many of these also have vibrating balls that wiggle and jiggle as you move, creating an erotic sensation while you’re strutting down the aisles in the supermarket. I’m serious, people actually do this. So if you’re looking for a new way to ~spice up your life~ and ~strengthen your vagina~, then maybe this is it?!
Get your Kegel on
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