Whether you do them for health or pleasure, taking a few minutes a day to do Kegel exercises may be one of the most important activities a woman can do for herself. If you are unfamiliar with the term “Kegel,” I strongly urge you to take some time and research it on medical sites like MayoClinic.com.
Basically, Kegel exercises are ways to strengthen the pelvic floor through repeated contractions of the muscles in that area. Performing regular Kegel exercises can reduce involuntary urination, also known as incontinence (never a fun thing), and tighten the vaginal canal (especially beneficial after childbirth). While I’m choosing to focus on Kegel exercises for women in this blog, men can also perform Kegel exercises to reduce premature ejaculation and increase erection size and potency.
Kegel exercises can be done anywhere at anytime… in fact, I’m doing them now while I write this. Have you ever stopped urinating midstream? Then you already know how to do a Kegel exercise. While sitting or lying down, focus on contracting those same muscles you use to stop peeing. The result is your pelvic muscles squeezing your urethra and anus. If your stomach or butt is doing the tightening, then you are working out the wrong part of your body (at least for a Kegel exercise).
When you are certain you are correctly working your pelvic muscles, hold each contraction for 3-4 seconds, then release for the same amount of time. Repeat 10 or more times per session, 3 times per day – work deep inhales and exhales into it. Do you feel super relaxed? That’s an added bonus!
As I mentioned in my recent blog, “An Introduction to Sex Toys,” there are a variety of devices to assist with Kegel exercises, many of which result in a rush of pleasurable sensations throughout the body and mind-blowing orgasms when done correctly. Ben Wa balls, like Luna Beads from LELO, are one of the most popular types of device. Upon inserting these weighted balls into your vagina, you begin to instantly engage in Kegel exercises as your pelvic muscles work to keep the balls inside. Many women experience great pleasure from the feel of the balls moving around. Though not as discreet as Ben Wa balls, vaginal barbells, such as Betty’s Vaginal Barbell, are phallic shaped devices weighing around one pound and inserted into the vaginal canal. EVI, a new product from Aneros, stimulates the G-spot when inserted for Kegel exercises, while an additional handle stimulates the clitoris at the same time.
Whether done with the help of devices or on your own, Kegel exercises prove it is possible to mix work and play. Some of the best orgasms I’ve ever had were a direct result of Kegel exercises – knowing I’m simultaneously bettering my body make it even more arousing.