Kegels for Life
While any exercise program you begin should be for life, the Kegel exercises are even more important for the lifelong function of your pelvic floor. You will not always know right after giving birth whether there was trauma to the area. Sometimes problems that have occurred do not even show up until you are much older. Many more women who are older suffer from the prolapse of organs like the bladder and vagina. Continuing your Kegels is the best way to prevent the need for further treatment if you have indeed suffered some trauma.
Doing Kegels as an older woman is exactly the same as when you are younger. However, some older women choose to change how they do the exercises simply to vary the routine. They can do a variety of number of repetitions; they can do a stair step or elevator type of method.
For example, squeeze the kegel muscle slightly, hold, a bit more, hold, until you get to your maximum tightness, hold again and then reverse the process until you get to the base level. As long as the muscles are being worked out, you are receiving the benefit of the exercise.
Your grandma might have a different idea about Kegeling. Older women often feel that this exercise is “dirty” and pertains only to sex and masturbation. Trying to help educate them is important; you can help increase their health awareness.
Spreading the Kegel News
Now that you know all of the amazing benefits of exercising the Kegel muscles, you might consider sharing this information with the older women in your life, like your mother and grandmother. Many older women were not given instruction on these exercises, partially because it was not known about and partially because childbirth and prenatal education was not developed as it is nowadays.
You can explain to them the benefit of the regular exercise of this muscle. You can simply instruct them how to locate the Kegel muscle. Then you can give them details on some of the exercises. You might be surprised at how much they share with you about the condition of the muscle already.
Your Kegel muscles, while not seen, are very important. What type of obstetrical history you have will play a role in what tone you currently have in these muscles. By exercising the muscles you can improve your sex life, decrease the chance of tearing or needing an episiotomy during labor, and prevent future complications from vaginal and/or bladder prolapse. Do your Kegels for life!