Recently on this blog, we covered a few subtle ways that your pelvic muscles can get a workout throughout the day. Today, we'll discuss one very targeted action that you've probably heard a lot about if you're interested in ramping up your sex life naturally: the Kegel.
One reader wrote in to the sex experts at Cosmopolitan to ask about this exercise, and whether it really does provide a boost in the boudoir.
"Kegel exercises are the rhythmic clenching and unclenching of the pubococcygeus (PC) muscles, which hold your pelvic organs in place and control urine flow. But your PCs also have a friskier function: They're the muscles responsible for the contractions you feel during climax," the magazine explains. "They tone and strengthen your vaginal muscles, boosting your arousal."
If you've never tried this exercise before, the Mayo Clinic has a few suggestions. First, make sure you're focusing on the right muscles. You can achieve this by going to the bathroom and then stopping yourself midstream. At that point, the source notes that you've isolated exactly what you need to. Then, it's up to you to map out your vaginal workout routine. Both Cosmopolitan and the Mayo Clinic suggest between 10 and 20 of these contractions three times throughout the day, holding each for about 10 seconds.
You can perform this imperceptible exercise anytime throughout the day – whether you're at your desk at work or waiting outside school to pick up the kids. The simple act of doing so may even send your mind wandering to arousing gels and other intimate care products to add to the fun later on.