Can Men Benefit from Kegel Exercise?
Updated: Nov 22
The Kegel exercise was developed by Dr. Arnold Kegel to strengthen the pelvic muscles. They are typically thought of for women, but there are many benefits that make them ideal for men as well. As more people become aware of the positive benefits that come from these exercises, the more popular they will become for men as well as women.
When men perform a Kegel exercise, there is a strengthening of the bladder and urethra which can be very beneficial for men who have undergone a prostatectomy. The muscles in the bladder become stronger which will help men to exercise more control over this muscle. There is also an increase in the strength of the bowel by practicing these exercises every day.
There are many reasons that the muscles in the pelvic area can become weak over time. It is a part of the natural aging process and a person who is overweight and does not exercise regularly will find that their pelvic muscles become weaker over time. Prostate gland surgery can also weaken these muscles.
To begin using the Kegel exercise the most important part is making sure that you are working the correct muscle. To find the muscles that you should focus your attention on for a proper exercise, attempt to stop your flow of urine. When you are able to do this, you are using the right muscle for this type of exercise. You should only use this test to make sure that you are using the correct muscle. You will prevent infections of the urinary tract when you are only performing the exercise when you are not passing urine.
Once you have the proper muscles located for your Kegel exercise, you can do them almost anywhere and anytime that you have a few minutes. You should always do these exercises when your bladder is empty. Contract the muscles in your pelvic area for three to five seconds then relax them for ten seconds.
You should do ten repetitions of these exercises one to three times a day every single day. In the beginning, you may only be able to hold the muscle for a few short seconds. Over time, you will be able to build your strength and hold it for the entire three to five seconds.
It is recommended that you increase the duration of your Kegel exercise over time. The maximum amount that you should hold the muscle is ten seconds for each of the contractions. When you do these exercises daily, you will build up your muscle strength over time and avoid exhausting the muscles.
Add the Kegel exercise to your daily routine so that you can remember to do them. This is the most difficult part of the exercise. Try doing them in the morning, after you have your lunch and then again right before you go to sleep for the night. Choosing the same time everyday will help you to remember these exercises. Over time, you will notice your muscle strength increasing and you will have all of the positive benefits that these exercises bring.