If you need a really good reason to get back to the gym, this is it! You actually don’t even need to be in a gym to do this kegel exercise – at home is fine. And trust us on this one: your orgasms will thank you. Promise.
According to Tracey Cox and Michael Alvear – authors of The Sex Inspectors Masterclass: How To Have An Amazing Sex Life – you can achieve more intense orgasms by working your pelvic muscles. ‘Both men and women can improve the intensity of their orgasm by strengthening the pelvic-floor muscles,’ they say in their book. ‘The main source of an orgasm’s pleasure is the release of tension the muscle contractions provide. Strengthen the muscles and you strengthen the orgasms.’ Yes, please!
Kegel exercises stretch the pelvic muscles – which in turn affect sexual functioning. So, where do you begin?
First locate your pelvic muscles by – when you’re going to the bathroom – stopping the flow of urine, midstream. Contract those muscles for a few seconds, then release them. Cox and Alvear suggest you do this 10 times in a row, three times a day – it’s super-easy!
You can do this in different positions too – while standing, sitting or squatting (even while sitting at your desk at work!). Try doing it for a minute or so whenever you sit down to watch TV, or first thing when you go to bed at night. By creating a routine time to work your pelvic muscles, you’ll build in kegel exercise as a habit.
In fact, the brilliant thing about kegel exercise is that you can do it anywhere, any time, since no one is likely to know that you’re squeezing and clenching down there. Easy!