Jada Pinkett Smith is no stranger to sharing details about her love life; with 12 years of a successful Hollywood marriage under her belt, she probably has some healthy secrets we could all use. She told Shape magazine that she is a firm believer in kegels. Pinkett Smith proclaims doing these simple pelvic floor exercises "keeps the sex hot."
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If you practice yoga, you might refer to the pelvic floor (PF) as the mula bandha. The easiest way to find the correct area to activate is to stop the flow of urine when emptying your bladder. Then try to find that same sensation when not going to the restroom. A little more advanced variation is to create the sensation of the entire pelvic floor pulling up. The muscles of the pelvic floor fill in the space between your pubic bone (front of your pelvis), your coccyx (tail bone), and your sit bones (ischial tuberosities in anatomy lingo). The overall shape is similar to a kite and contains many different muscles. To activate the pelvic floor you want to imagine those aforementioned bones coming closer to one another as the muscles attached to them activate and pull up — like a sheet being held by four corners billowing up as the corners move toward the center. It helps to think of the PF as similar to your diaphragm, which moves up and down as you inhale and exhale.
Here is a subtle and simple exercise that you can do right now. It is so subtle that no one will know you are exercising your nether regions. On a four-count inhale, pull the PF up and in toward the center line of your body. Then release slowly on a four-count exhale. Allow your pelvic floor to completely relax in between repetitions. Repeat five to 10 times and throughout the day. Aside from beneficial side effects in the bedroom, a strong pelvic floor provides support while running and lifting weights too. After all, it is part of your core.