Kegel exercises are as important as any other form of exercise when looking to improve and maintain a healthy body. They help especially to strengthen the pelvic floor and reduce the likelihood of bladder leakage. Yet only 38% of women who suffer from urinary incontinence admit to exercising their pelvic floor.
Magda Pegowska, a health and fitness YouTuber, suffered from light incontinence following childbirth but didn’t see any problem with it – until the issue worsened over time and developed into a prolapse. But, Magda was determined to take control of her bladder health. This is her story…
"I can’t remember ever being told to hold my tummy in, but the message got through some how and I like all women am a tummy tucker, who chronically holds her tummy in. That was until I found out this was not helping my pelvic floor."
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Your pelvic floor is one of the most important parts of your body, therefore exercising it is just as important as exercising the rest of your body.
Kegel8 have compiled a list of must-watch videos that will help you become a Kegel conoisseur overnight, as well as a hilarious article from Physiotherapist, Amanda Savage, showing you how to do standing pelvic floor exercises.
Relaxing your pelvic floor is important. You may not realise that you hold tension in your pelvis, but you could be suffering with tight muscles. This is particularly common if you spend most of your day sitting.
In the sixth installment of 'Pelvic Floor Exercise Techniques', watch physiotherapist, Amanda Savage, speak to Kegel8 Founder and Managing Director, Stephanie Taylor, about using the Squat technique to help relax your pelvic floor.
If you exercise your pelvic floor muscles too much, exercise them incorrectly, or don't exercise them at all, you can experience discomfort or pain in your pelvis.
In this fifth installment of 'Pelvic Floor Exercise Techniques', watch Physiotherapist, Amanda Savage, speak to Kegel8 Founder and Managing Director, Stephanie Taylor, about exercises that can relieve pelvic pain.
When you cough or sneeze it's vital that your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles are kept strong. Strong pelvic floor muscles can help prevent any leakage of urine.
Stability exercises can help you strengthen both the abdominal muscles and the pelvic floor muscles.
In this fourth installment of 'Pelvic Floor Exercise Techniques', watch Physiotherapist, Amanda Savage, speak to Kegel8 Founder and Managing Director, Stephanie Taylor, about the importance of the pelvic floor muscles for avoiding urinary incontinence.
New mums often suffer from pelvic floor damage as a result of pregnancy hormones relaxing their pelvic floor - often beyond its ability to rebound.
The weight of the baby causes the pelvic floor muscles further stress, and alongside the damage caused by childbirth, it can lead to pelvic floor disorders developing.
Therefore, all new mums are recommended to incorporate pelvic floor exercises into their recovery.
But what do you do if pelvic floor exercises are not helping?
Your abdominal muscles are important as they help give more support to your pelvic organs. If the muscles are strong, they can prevent excess weight from putting pressure on your pelvic floor. Any excess weight can strain your pelvic floor and weaken the muscles as a result.
In this third installment of 'Pelvic Floor Exercise Techniques', watch physiotherapist, Amanda Savage, teach Kegel8 Founder and Managing Director, Stephanie Taylor, how to strengthen the abdominal muscles in order to strengthen the pelvic floor.
Wanting to get more out of your pelvic floor exercises? You can strengthen your muscles even quicker by using arm weights!
In the second installment of 'Pelvic Floor Exercise Techniques', watch Physiotherapist, Amanda Savage, show Kegel8 Founder and Managing Director, Stephanie Taylor, how to use arm weights to strengthen the pelvic floor.