Time needed: 3 minutes.
You know how to Kegel (if not, read this on how to do a Kegel), and now you need help designing a daily Kegel exercise program. Here's how to design a Kegel exercise program perfect for your individual needs!
Strength and function of muscles is built through overload that increases the challenge over time as your muscles gain strength. To build strength, you should do endurance contractions (longer) and fast contractions (quick, strong holds).
- Pick your endurance contraction hold time for your Kegel exercise program
Contract and hold for as long as you can before your squeeze drops off significantly. For most people, this is a few seconds up to about 10-15 seconds. What if I have pain when I hold?
- Pick your fast contraction hold time
Try to squeeze for about 1 second and then relax fully before doing the next contraction. How many can you complete in 10 seconds? This is generally a few up to no more than 10.
- Pick a set and rep schema for your program
Research supports doing a minimum of one set per day for both kinds of contractions.
Endurance contractions: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Fast contractions: 10-15 reps
- Set a Schedule for your Kegel exercise program
Designing an exercise program doesn't take long, but doing it consistently is the difficult part. Try to set a reminder on your phone or download a Kegel app to help hold yourself accountable. Have questions about Kegels? Check out this Kegel FAQ blog HERE!
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