An exercise to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, in which the levator muscles are squeezed and held for five seconds, then released for five seconds, for a number of repetitions. They are used to treat urinary incontinence, or to prepare for or recover from childbirth.
- Women who leak urine may have better control of these muscles by doing pelvic muscle exercises called Kegel exercises.
- Doctors recommend urinating regularly, drinking plenty of water and cutting back on acidic beverages, in addition to doing Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic-floor muscles.
- She recommends adding Kegel exercises - contractions of the muscles that control urine flow - to your regular strength-training program.
From California physician Dr. Arnold Kegel, who advocated such exercises from the late 1940s.
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Syllabification: Ke·gel ex·er·cise
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