You Do Kegel Exercises…
But Do Them While You Wee
One in three women suffer from stress incontinence – accidental urinary leaks that happen as a result of a weak pelvic floor. In order to strengthen these muscles, you’re often advised to imagine stopping your flow of urine. But this is just a method to locate the muscles – you shouldn’t actually do the exercises while weeing, says Dr Ruth Maher (restorethefloor.com). ‘It can lead to incomplete bladder evacuation, which in turn can lead to infections.’ To strengthen the pelvic floor, it’s crucial that the muscles are fully contracted and then fully relaxed, rather than merely contracted.
Sit comfortably and slowly squeeze and pull up the muscles, holding for a few seconds before releasing.
Try 10 times in a row without tightening your stomach, buttock or thigh muscles.