Pregnant and postpartum women know how beneficial Kegel exercises can be better than anyone. Kegel exercises work to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor by isolating them from surrounding muscle groups. They're often prescribed for recovery after giving birth, but there are also additional benefits to Kegels that have nothing at all to do with postpartum recovery.
According to WebMD, you should aim for three sets of 10 to 15 Kegels each every day. The muscles you're looking to contract are those that you use to stop the flow of urine when urinating. The goal is to engage these muscles without moving your abs, thighs, or glutes, and hold each Kegel for several seconds before relaxing. If you're not sure if you've gotten the right muscles involved, your gynecologist or other healthcare provider can help provide guidance.
Dr. Edwin Huang, a gynecologist at Massachusetts General Hospital told Everyday Health that he believes everyone should be doing their Kegels each and every day. Yes, men too. Exercising the muscles of your pelvic floor is just as important as workouts that focus on any of the other muscles in your body. If you add Kegels to your daily routine, you should begin to start noticing some of their benefits after a few weeks or months. Keep at it, these benefits are the real-deal.