Kegel exercises were developed by Dr. Arnold Keger as a way of strengthening the pelvic floor muscles, commonly known as the Kegel muscles. Strengthening and improving the overall tone of the Kegel muscles has proven to have health benefits, aiding during the later pregancy terms and childbirth.
Kegel Exercises for Men
Though Kegel exercises are most commonly practiced by women, kegel exercises for men do exist. They consist of the same contracting and relaxing of the pelvic floor muscles, and are inteded to promote better health of the bladder prostate. Kegel exercises for men can help with incontinece issues and can be used to treat prostatitis and benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Kegel Exercises for Women
Kegel exercises for women can be done in various ways. The most commonly will involve the simple contraction and relaxing of the pelvic floor muscles. However, a Kegel exerciser can also be used, which is a device that is meant to provide for resistance type training. A Kegel exerciser is usally a barbell, spring, or rubber bulb that is specially designed to work the public floor muscles.