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Kegel Exercises Just Got A Lot More Fun

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Kegels are an exercise that most women participate in order to manage their incontinence and strengthen their bladders. It’s a common misconception that Kegels are only done by women who have recently given birth as a way to strengthen their vaginal walls; however, this exercise is actually very commonly used to ease the symptoms of stress and urge incontinence.

Just recently, a new program has hit the shelves that are turning Kegels into a less boring and more fun exercise to take part in.

A Fun New Way to Complete Your Kegels

For those who are unfamiliar with Kegels or lead a very busy life, it can be hard to keep up with the exercise and remember the reps and counts you are supposed to do each day. Even for those who are very dedicated to building up their bladder strength by using a vaginal weight have trouble keeping up with the demands of the exercise–not to mention these small and sometimes expensive weights have a tendency to get misplaced far too often.

Now, a new Kegel exercise companion is on the market that is changing the way women are doing Kegels while promoting an altogether stronger vaginal wall and bladder.

Introducing the Perifit

The Perifit is a brand new, pelvic floor trainer that has the ability to send a Bluetooth signal to its accompanying app on your phone. When turned on, the app allows you play a fun video game that assists you in your Kegel exercises. And for those who are not tech savvy, don’t fret, because this trainer and app are very simple to use. The device itself is moderately sized and inconspicuous; lightweight and only 4 inches in length. It also comes with a small travel case and a guide to help new users get the hang of it. Once you have downloaded the app onto your phone, you will be able to choose the type of program that best fits your needs–i.e post-pregnancy, intimate well-being, and incontinence. From there, it will put together a 5-day treatment regimen based on your preferences.

The awesome part about this device is that the app is wired to your trainer. So, the games you are playing while using the device, are actually simulating it to move within you vaginal wall; helping you navigate the Kegel exercises. With each game you play, the tokens you collect, and levels you master, the device with expanding and contract, teaching you the ways of performing proper Kegels and therefore promoting ultimate bladder strength. Due to its small size and inconspicuous shape, this device is fairly simple to use when you are on the go. Many women even claim to use it while they are out and about and even wearing a skirt–however, we recommend that you only do this once you’ve mastered the Kegel technique.

 

Kegels Can Help Men With Incontinence Too

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The term ‘Kegels’ is commonly associated as an exercise that’s customarily designed for women. Kegels are the go-to exercise for women to perform in an effort to minimize episodes of incontinence in a safe, natural, and effective way. This exercise is especially popular in groups of women who have just given birth are in need of an easy method to strengthen their pelvic muscles.

However, studies have shown that not only are Kegels beneficial for women with incontinence, they have the ability to be very useful for men, as well. Yes, you read that right; Kegels can help men with incontinence! Men, if your pelvic muscles are growing weaker with age and your incontinence occurrences are becoming more frequent, it may be time to add Kegels to your daily routine.

Incontinence in Men

Incontinence in men is an issue that occurs more frequently than most would think. Many times, male incontinence starts with the weakening of the pelvic floor muscles which severely affects the overall support this is needed by the bladder and urethra. From there, any sudden movement such as running, jumping, sneezing, coughing, laughing, and even walking too fast, can incite urinary leakage; more commonly known as stress incontinence. If you find that you suffer from stress incontinence, do not fret; the treatment process may be a lot simpler than you think.

Kegels… For Men?

Studies have shown that participating in Kegel exercises on a daily basis can help to strengthen your pelvic muscles, and therefore, improve your stress incontinence.

Way back in 2005, the Journal of European Urology conducted a study with 300 post-prostatectomy incontinence patients in 2 groups of 150. The first group was assigned to perform Kegel exercises on a daily basis, while the other group as assigned nothing. In a matter of 6 months, 95% of the patients in the first group gained full control over their continence and did not experience any episodes of leakage. Not to mention, 19% of those same patients were able to eliminate their incontinence problem within the first month, alone. From this research, it’s fair to say that Kegel exercises truly have a positive effect on incontinence.

It’s true that Kegels may have a ‘womanly’ connotation but regardless of its stature, it’s proven to be a helpful method of naturally treating male incontinence through the strengthening of the pelvic muscles. Surprisingly enough, the pelvic floor muscles play an important role in the overall health of both men and women. It’s essential to have strong pelvic muscles in order to attain proper bladder function, bowel function, and peak sexual health. And the best way to keep our pelvic muscles in superb condition is through the consistent performance of Kegels.

Kegels Are Even Effective For Other Issues

If you do not suffer from male incontinence but other symptoms such as:

  • Frequent constipation
  • Uncontrollable bowels
  • Erectile disfunction 
  • Being overweight

Then your pelvic floor muscle may be suffering and in need of daily strengthening exercises, such as Kegels. However, if you find that your Kegel exercises are not improving any of the issues listed above, you may want to schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss a treatment plan that would work best for your specific needs.

Wearever Is Here to Help

Building your pelvic strength through Kegels to prevent male incontinence is something that takes time, consistency, and patience.

Therefore, until a noticeable difference is observed, be sure to always have your Wearever incontinence briefs on in case of any incontinence leaks during your Kegel exercises. If you are not experiencing results immediately, do not panic; results will come in time as long as you are making a conscious and consistent effort to perform your Kegel exercises routinely.

Running for Enjoyment Rather than to the Restroom

It’s no secret that running is extremely beneficial to your health. In addition to helping you stay fit, running also boosts mental health, prevents diseases and relieves stress. But did you know that as many as 30 percent of female runners report experiencing urinary incontinence while running? If that’s you, there’s no need to cancel your afternoon jog. Instead, check out these five tips for how to enjoy the miles without the worry:

  1. Kill the Urge with Kegels

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When you have weakened pelvic muscles, the impact of your legs hitting the ground can cause leakage. Pelvic floor muscles can be strengthened through Kegel exercises, which luckily can be done anytime and anywhere.

  1. Cut Out the Coffee

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If you have incontinence, consuming caffeine before a run can actually increase the urge to urinate, not suppress it. Caffeine is a natural stimulant and diuretic. Instead, make sure you get a good night’s sleep and are hydrated to enjoy the miles without emergency stops.

  1. Think about Timing

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To prevent any mishaps, time your fluid intake and bathroom visits throughout the day and before pounding the pavement. It’s recommended you visit the restroom every two to three hours before leaving to keep you on track.

  1. Gear Up for your Goals

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As runners, we think a lot about how to make our time exercising as successful as possible. Careful consideration is put into everything from our sneakers to our earphones. Wearing the right clothing can make a big difference in achieving your distance and time goals. Our comfortable and breathable incontinence panties and briefs allow you to keep your focus on reaching the finish line.

  1. Slow and Steady Wins the Race

As you work on strengthening your pelvic floor, you might want to consider taking things slow during a jog. When we move faster, we are more likely to have poor form and our body struggles to compensate. While you put effort into bolstering your muscles, consider decreasing your pace.

Incontinence shouldn’t stop you from enjoying exercise. Check out this blog post for more on how incontinence can affect physical activity and steps you can take to mitigate its impact.