We all know we need to do them. But, for some reason we forget how important kegel exercise is. Here are three sure-fire ways to make it like any other routine.
Traffic Kegel Exercise
Getting stuck in traffic can be SO BORING and unproductive. You can listen to an audible book, watch other people’s in-car behavior or become familiar with the plants on the side of the freeway. Instead, use it as a chance to focus on your kegel exercise. Attach a Post-it to your dashboard that says “kegel.” If that’s too obvious (maybe your teens just don’t want to know), write a “K” or some other unforgettable reminder (a leaking bucket?). Make sure you’re sitting with correct posture so you’re engaging the muscles correctly. You could even coordinate your contractions with horn beeps!
If you’re not sure how to do these exercises, this short, tasteful video provides great guidance on how to perform them.
Those suction-cup hooks you can buy at The Container Store are so handy. You can hang washcloths, a body pouf, swim goggles or, kegel balls. We just recently heard this suggestion and thought it was too good to not share. Whether you’re a daily, twice a day or once every two day shower-er, this idea works for everyone. Every time you hop in the shower, pop in the kegel balls. Depending on the design, the weight of the balls will do their work as you go about showering. When you’re done, pull them out, wash them off and hang them up. For those sharing a shower with others who might be a bit squeamish, find clever ways to keep them visible but discreet. Try a soap dish or hang a washcloth or pouf on top of them. Need a good pair of kegel balls? Try one of the great options below.
They’re with us nearly all the time. You schedule your dentist appointment, a reminder to get groceries, one to pick up your friend at the airport…why not set a reminder for kegels? You have to start to wonder, is not suffering from stress incontinence as important to you as getting more milk at the store? If you’d prefer to not pee your pants while sneezing at the grocery store, then you can set a recurring reminder to do kegel exercise at least once a day.
If none of these reminders work for you, try coming up with your own. Tattoo it on your forearm, put a note inside your wallet, or have your friends start calling you by the nickname “Kegel”…whatever works! Just remember that keeping our kegel muscles in shape is important to our overall health. That goes for men, too!