Standing Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercise

Equipment
None
BODY PART

Purpose

The pelvic floor muscle exercise strengthens your pelvic floor muscles, which support your pelvis and help you maintain continence.

Set up

Begin by standing with good posture. Your feet should be about hip width apart with your knees slightly bent. Your shoulders should be directly above your hips.

Movement

Breathe in first. Breathe out as you gradually squeeze and lift your pelvic floor muscles as if you are trying to stop yourself from urinating. Hold this contraction for up to 10 seconds. If you are not initially able to hold the contraction for this long, just hold as long as you can before you feel the contraction weaken. Work your way up to a 10 second hold.

Tips

  • Do not hold your breath.
  • Do not bear down.
  • Do not ever practice this exercise while you are actually urinating.
  • Saying “shhh” while performing this exercise can often help you recruit the correct muscles.
  • If you have difficulty performing this exercise correctly, try the exercise sitting or lying down instead.
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