Why You Shouldn't Skip Kegel Day
Forget achey limbs, overcrowded exercise classes and uncomfortable activewear – the most important workout you'll do this year doesn't require a pricey gym membership.
In fact, you don't even need to get out of bed to reap the rewards of this routine...
Whatever your New Year's Resolution, incorporating a few kegel (also called pelvic floor) exercises into your 'New Year, New Me' plan might be the best decision you'll make this year.
(And if you didn't do it instinctively, I challenge you to start squeezing every time you read the word 'kegel' for the rest of the article.)
A brief history of kegels
Let's travel back in time to 1952 when the gynaecologist Arnold Kegel discovered that pelvic floor muscle exercises helped women experience easier, more intense and more frequent orgasms.
Fast-forward to 2018.
If you're sexually active you've probably already heard of kegels, and maybe even tried them out a few times. It's not exactly a secret that a well-timed squeeze during sex can send a guy over the edge!
If you're not sure, try squeezing to stop your flow while you're peeing – these are the muscles we're talking about.
What are the benefits of kegel exercises?
In addition to making the female orgasm more intense and frequent, kegel exercises can increase male pleasure by making your vagina feel tighter.
Plus, men who do kegels have reported better control over their orgasm and stronger erections.
There's even a possibility of learning to have multiple orgasms without ejaculation!
So how should I train them?
Once you've identified your pelvic floor muscles, it's time to put them to work.
Try squeezing for three seconds at a time with rests in between, repeating this multiple times a day. Then, increase to five and ten second clenches.
Because they're so simple and discreet, you can do your kegels anywhere without anyone knowing.
Move over, MyFitnessPal
Downloading an app with tailored exercises or just setting a reminder on your phone can be a valuable tool for making a habit of your routine.
If you're looking for something more challenging, or want to add extra sexiness to your exercises, check out these jiggle balls and kegel toners.
No more waiting around at the weight rack – you can do your exercises whenever and wherever you like and you won't even work up too much of a sweat.
What else can I do with kegels?
Well, you can do some pretty impressive weight lifting. (I'm serious – look it up.)
You can also try out a lesser-known sexual technique called 'pompoir', where instead of thrusting, the guy remains still and the woman uses her vaginal muscles to do all the work.
As well as squeezing a penis with your muscles, you can learn to push, pull and twist it. Remember playing your Bop It for hours when you were a kid?
So, if the winter blues kick in and you can't motivate yourself to suffer through that 7am workout, don't worry. Kegel Day has your back – it's the one workout that will make you feel great with barely any effort!
Knowledge is power
These exercises might not exactly give you abs of steel or glutes to die for, but they'll make you feel like an absolute Sex God/Goddess, and I think that's far more worthwhile.
(Also, the word 'kegel' was used 9 times in this article. Congrats on your first workout!)
Cara is a student blogger for Lovehoney. She studies English and appreciates grammatically correct erotica written in the active voice.
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