The pelvic floor muscles—a.k.a. the Kegel muscles—are internal, hidden and behind-the-scenes muscles, yet they are vital to a healthy life. There are numerous advantages to keeping them fit and robust with pelvic floor exercises. Last week’s entry detailed why this is the case for females and today’s will explain how and why are equally beneficial for males. As the saying goes: “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” and when it comes to the pelvic floor, this is an absolute truth. Kegel popularized these exercises for females and it is my intent to do the same for men! If you would like more information on pelvic floor muscle training in men, click here to read an article on the topic written by our colleague Dr. Siegel for the Gold Journal of Urology.
10 REASONS FOR MEN TO DO KEGEL EXERCISES
- To improve/prevent erectile dysfunction.
- To improve/prevent premature ejaculation.
- To improve/prevent ejaculatory dysfunction (skimpy ejaculation volumes, weak ejaculation force and arc, diminished ejaculatory sensation).
- To improve/prevent post-void dribbling (that annoying after-dribble of urine that occurs after finishing urinating).
- To improve/prevent stress urinary incontinence (leakage with coughing, sneezing, exercise, etc.) that may occur following prostate surgery.
- To improve/prevent urinary and bowel urgency (“gotta go”) and urinary and bowel urgency incontinence (inability to get to the bathroom on time to prevent an accident).
- To improve/prevent pelvic pain due to pelvic floor tension myalgia by learning how to relax your pelvic floor muscles.
- To help prevent pelvic impairments from high impact sports and saddle sports (e.g., cycling, motorcycling and horseback riding).
- To improve core strength, posture, lumbar stability, alignment and balance.
- To maintain good health and youthful vitality.