When it comes to being fit and healthy, it’s not just what’s on the outside that counts — the muscles lining the inside of your body together are just as important.
And yet, a hugely important part of our internal anatomy is constantly overlooked when we discuss exercise (or anything else for that matter)…
The muscles of the pelvic floor have perhaps the longest job description of any in the body: supporting our internal organs, controlling the bladder and bowel, and determining the frequency and magnitude of our orgasms! Yeah, we owe them big time.
Understanding these muscles and how to improve them has HUGE rewards. We bet you didn’t know these seven things about the pelvic floor.
1. A Hardworking Hammock
Imagine a long hammock stretched tight between your pubic mound and your tailbone. The pelvic floor sits like this, holding up your bladder, bowel and uterus. Depending on what you’re doing, the muscle group can relax or contract to move your bits and pieces around.
2. Giving Your Vagina a Big Hug
Yep, your pelvic floor gets up close and personal with your vagina - and your anus, and your urethra. It hugs together your urethral and anal sphincters, helping you to control when you pee or poo (medical types call this ‘continence’) and playing a key role in that big ‘O’….
3. Working Up The Os…
A strong pelvic floor will bring bigger, bolder, more brazen orgasms! During climax, the tensing feeling you experience comes directly from that group of muscles, so a firm pelvic floor will bring a more powerful firework show. Yes, please!
4. Holding the Baby
If you’re harbouring a bump (or hoping to be), guess which muscle group is your best friend? Yep, all those contractions you have to look forward to are the pelvic floor at work, so when your when your midwife/doctor tells you to push, it’s the pelvic floor heeding the hollerin’. As you might have realized, a strong pelvic floor will help with a quick and easy delivery.
5. Pump It Up
Just like any other muscle, you can strengthen your pelvic floor with ‘Kegel’ exercises. First developed by Dr. Arnold Kegel in 1948, Kegel exercise is recommended by gynaecologists all over the world as an easy, effective way to improve pelvic floor health.
Check out more of the Vital Angel Blog posts for a handy guide to a correct Kegel routine. If you’re short on time or want results ASAP, Kegel Angel Balls can help you get the most out of training by sending a gentle pulse to exactly the right muscles. It simulates a perfect Kegel every time by contracting the muscles with the weight, making your pelvic floor tense, relax, and strengthen.
6. It’s Bigger than You Think
The pelvic floor is a complex piece of equipment, using both fast-twitch and slow-twitch muscle fibres. Fast-twitch muscles feature a snappy reaction to stimuli, whereas slow-twitch muscles are always switched on. These different fibres require different kinds of exercise, so we recommend switching up your routine for an impactful workout. Think high-intensity interval training (HIIT) for your vagina!
7. Our final fact? Your pelvic floor is AMAZING!These modest muscles deserve a round of applause for their hard work and integral role in our health. Taking care of your pelvic floor and making sure it’s in tip-top shape can improve your life in immeasurable ways, so what are you waiting for? Get squeezin’!
Kegel Angel Balls are ideal for speedy recovery from childbirth or to strengthen your muscles as you age. However, every woman is different, so we advise double-checking with your doctor or physiotherapist if you’re concerned about your specific needs.
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Please note that advice offered by Kegel Angel may not be relevant to your individual case. For specific concerns regarding your health, always consult your physician or other licensed medical practitioners.