Pelvic floor exercises are usually associated with pregnancy and, well, post-pregnancy, but it isn’t just during this period that you should focus on keeping this area strong.
“Pelvic floor training is super important to allow you to strengthen before you get pregnant, rather than freaking out afterwards, but it’s also important as you get older as these muscles gets weaker, which is what can lead to incontinence. If you exercise, you also need a strong pelvic floor,” she says.
If you feel a little self conscious about doing it, the good news is that you don’t have to announce your activity with activewear and kegels. All you need to do is sit down for five minutes a day. Yes, it’s really that simple. (Post continues after video.)
“The easiest way to do it is an ‘inward squeeze’ when you’re sitting down, whether that’s at work, on the sofa watching TV or even in the car, simply clench as if you were on a toilet, hold for a few seconds then release,” explains Simich.
The idea is to simulate the feeling of needing to go to the toilet but forcibly holding it in by squeezing the muscles tight. Making sure you’re sitting up straight, relax your thighs and bum and squeeze and lift your pelvic floor muscles as strongly and as quickly as possible. You should feel your muscles “lift” up inside of you. Hold for two to three seconds then release, rest and repeat.