What Does The Word ‘Kegel’ Actually Mean?
The word Kegel is a word used to describe repetitive pelvic floor contraction exercises. They were actually developed by a Californian Gynaecologist called Dr Arnold Kegel.
Kegels are exercises which are clinically proven as an effective nonsurgical treatment for pelvic floor weakness.
They consists of repeatedly contracting and relaxing the muscles that form part of the pelvic floor.
These exercises are performed to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. They involve squeezing your pelvic floor muscles using both slow and fast contractions of the pelvic floor muscles.
Aim for 10 Slow Kegels and 10 Fast Kegels 2 to 3 times a day. Get in the habit of incorporating them at meal times and brushing your teeth. They can improve your pelvic floor health, helps with incontinence, treat prolapses and improve sexual function. WIN WIN!
Did you know that men also have a pelvic floor?
Yes, and the exercises are the same for them too.
Beginner Pelvic Floor Exercises
This is a question we get asked a lot. How does a beginner start pelvic floor exercises? The answer is simple. Just start!
Honestly, with practice you will learn the correct techniques and with consistency you will see results.
Practice – You need to learn how to engage the correct pelvic floor muscles. Most women find this very difficult. That is where our pelvic floor Kegel Weights are your teacher!
The weights actually teach you where your correct pelvic floor muscles are. When you pop them in gravity wants them to fall down, so then the CORRECT pelvic floor muscles engage to hold them in… They take away all the guess work.
Our 6 step programme that comes with our Kegel Weights Kit is for beginners and advanced. You gradually increase the weight over 12 weeks. By the end you will be a Kegel Queen!
Pelvic Floor Exercise Machines and Devices
There are various pelvic floor exercise machines and devices. A pelvic floor exercise machine is practically an electrical Kegel ball. Usually shaped like a teardrop, inserted into vagina like a tampon. They can come with a device connected to work through an app on your phone. You can set workouts, set how long the squeezes are and monitor your progress. There are also pelvic floor chairs you can sit on! I know!
These machines can seem like fun if there is an app, but really –Are you going to find time to sit down and play an app with your vagina? Most women do not have that time. It seems like a great idea and even fun but it is not practical for many. This is why so many women love our Secret Whispers Kegel Weights and why so many pelvic floor physios recommend them. You simply pop them in, do your slow and fast Kegel exercises while doing other daily activities – such as housework (boring, but if you have to do it why not multi task and strengthen your pelvic floor at the same time!), the school run, yoga class – honestly the list is endless.
How long does it take for Kegel Weights to work?
In an ideal world we would have been taught to exercise our pelvic floor in high school. This is something our Founder, Julie is so passionate about making happen.
Our pelvic floor is a muscle like any other and needs to be exercised..
Just like any other muscle in the body, your pelvic floor strength won’t improve overnight, so you need to be patient.
If you're doing your exercises correctly then you should see results in around 6 weeks. Although most women see results at the 3 week mark, this all depends on the original strength of your pelvic floor, for example, if you had an extremely weak pelvic floor before you started Kegel exercises it may take you 12 weeks to get results.
The KEY is CONSISTENCY. Just like going to the gym. Put the work in and you get results.
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