5 Kegel Exercise Alternatives to Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor Muscles

Having trouble figuring out if you're doing your kegels right? Try these alternatives instead.
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Ever pee when you sneeze? You’re not alone. You probably have weak pelvic floor muscles, which are caused by pregnancy, childbirth, aging and being overweight. The solution is to perform Kegel exercises, which help strengthen those muscles. But not everyone digs doing Kegel exercises. They can feel weird, and even though you’ve been told 100 times to clench the same muscle you squeeze when stopping the flow of urine, it’s hard not to wonder if you’re actually doing them correctly.

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The good news? There are other exercises that can help tighten your pelvic floor muscles. “Pilates and other core exercises do help the pelvic floor,” notes Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., author of The Yale Guide to Women’s Reproductive Health: From Menarche to Menopause. “I still encourage Kegels, too, but these other exercises are excellent and helpful.”

Want to head off those embarrassing accidents? Try these exercises recommended and performed by Pilates and fitness instructor Cassey Ho.

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8 thoughts on “5 Kegel Exercise Alternatives to Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor Muscles

  1. Jane P. says:

    Wow great article!

    I love how you added pictures that makes it soooo much more helpful!

    For pelvic tightening I do ATG squats and planks as well as kegels of course. Reading your article taught me some new techniques and I appreciate that. I'm going to add the leg lifts into my routine some of those other techniques seem pretty tough :P

    hm.. what would you think about using a tightening cream like this one called intivar?

    After my last child I just don't feel the same down there.. maybe looser that normal :(

    Any ideas?

  2. Nice article ! I agree with you that Pelvic floor muscle training exercises can help strengthen the muscles under the uterus, bladder, and bowel (large intestine). They can help both men and women who have problems with urine leakage or bowel control.

  3. vtightening says:

    Thanks for the info on the exercises. My wife is freaking out about her area down there..so she will be glad to know there are some exercises she can do. Been looking into the vaginal creams too. Any feedback on them? Awesome article. thanks.

  4. Hypertrophy says:

    A lot of the kegel exercise are similar to your basic core exercises.

  5. A great article out there. These alternative to kegel exercise can also help a great deal in child birth and is suggested by many doctors. Will help many to be moms. Thanks for depicting the exercises with photo it really helps.

  6. Kegel exercises helps a lot any more new mothers should adopt it to have a happy life. I got great results, with it.

  7. Conceive says:

    it is a really good tip for a healthy pregnancy, I will do it like you said for sure!

  8. bachremedies says:

    If going to the gym isn't your style, you can still reach your fitness goal by participating in an activity that suits your interests. Bach Remedies

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