Squats Vs. Kegel Workout For A Healthy Pelvic Floor In Women
Women have been doing Kegels for years trying to undo the damage done to their pelvic floor due to weak muscles surrounding that area.
Signs of a weak pelvic floor include a lack of the curve of the lower back, lack of glutes (that's right, flat butt syndrome), and poor posture while sitting or even standing.
Pelvic Floor Disorder or a weak pelvic floor can lead to having sneeze pee, laugh pee, or cough pee, all results of incontinence, meaning you accidentally pee yourself a little while doing any of these three things. It can also cause you to be unable to hold your number two.
It can be shown through hip pain, tailbone pain, and can be shown in both women who have had births or women who have never been pregnant. Even men can have PFD.
Been noticing any of these symptoms in yourself? It turns outs that Kegels may not be the exercise of choice.
What Are Kegels Anyway?
Kegels are an exercise that has been touted as a pelvic muscle strengthener for many, many moons. Kegels can't really be seen when you do them because you are in essence just tightening the muscles inside your vagina as if holding in your pee.
The recommended Kegel exercise consists of tightening these muscles for five seconds and releasing for five seconds, repeating this ten times, three times per day. For many people, it was very difficult to isolate the right muscles.
Tightening the wrong muscles could lead to harmful effects. All Kegels will do, even when performed correctly, will only tighten, or shorten the pelvic floor muscle. PFD is due to the inability to relax these muscles, not contract them.