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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mommy's Curse

Yes, it's embarrassing, but reality. We've had children ladies, and that means we need a little help holding it in sometimes. Whether were laughing too hard, sneezing, or jumping, occasionally we find ourselves with a little 'situation.'

So I have been on the hunt to find some solutions...and sometimes the best one's are the oldest ones...yes I'm talking about Kegel exercises. Ok it's a little crazy to have this on a health and fitness blog...but hey, we all know why it's here, can you say double unders?

So I found this amazing article...and discovered - I've been doing them wrong, and thought - well maybe you are too. So here is a little tid bit to help you with your "other exercises".

This is just a few blurbs the full Article is here

Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which support the uterus, bladder and bowel. You can do Kegel exercises discreetly just about anytime, whether you're driving in your car, sitting at your desk or relaxing on the couch. You can even do Kegel exercises when you're pregnant. Start by understanding what Kegel exercises can do for you — then follow step-by-step instructions for contracting and relaxing your pelvic floor muscles.

  • Perfect your technique. Once you've identified your pelvic floor muscles, empty your bladder and sit or lie down. Contract your pelvic floor muscles, hold the contraction for five seconds, then relax for five seconds. Try it four or five times in a row. Work up to keeping the muscles contracted for 10 seconds at a time, relaxing for 10 seconds between contractions.
  • Maintain your focus. For best results, focus on tightening only your pelvic floor muscles. Be careful not to flex the muscles in your abdomen, thighs or buttocks. Avoid holding your breath. Instead, breathe freely during the exercises.
  • Repeat three times a day. Aim for at least three sets of 10 repetitions a day. You might make a practice of fitting in a set every time you do a routine task, such as checking email, commuting to work, preparing meals or watching TV.
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