3 Vagina Exercises Your Sex Life Will Thank You For

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I've never been the biggest fan of going to the gym, but I don't need too much convincing to give my vagina a workout. And exercising your vaginal muscles not only leads to better sex but also is fun while you're doing it. Though you may have heard of kegel exercises as the primary way to work out your vagina, there are also a few lesser-known but equally fun-sounding ones.

These exercises work out your pelvic floor muscles, the ones below your bladder, bowel, and uterus. You can think of them like a sling that holds of those parts in place. A strong pelvic floor is important for a number of reasons. It can help prevent urinary incontinence, which is common after childbirth. It can also help you orgasm more easily, have more intense orgasms, and gain control over your vaginal muscles so that you can tighten them as you desire during sex. Exercise in general is good for your sex life — physical fitness can boost your sex drive, and women who like working out orgasm more easily — but these ones have an even more direct relationship.

Here are a few vaginal exercises that not only are fun to do but also could lead to more fun long after you do them.

1Kegels

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You can't forget these. To do kegels, tighten your vaginal muscles as if you're trying to stop yourself from peeing for 10 seconds, release them, and repeat until you've done 10.

To make it more fun and challenging, you can get a smart kegel exerciser like Elvie, which connects to an app that shows you how to do different exercises and keeps track of your progress. By letting you move a dot around on the screen with your squeezes, it essentially gamifies kegels.

2Vaginal Weight-Lifting

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Yup, this is a thing, and it's not as hard as it sounds. Vaginal weights like LELO's Kegel Training Intimins or Je Joue's Ami Balls go half inside your vagina and half outside, and then your muscles involuntarily contract.

"This is called a passive contraction," the research team behind the period-tracking app Clue tells Bustle. "Weights can be paired with active contractions or other exercise at the same time." Clue's team doesn't suggest doing active vaginal weight-lifting without a doctor's supervision.

3Squats

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Strong core muscles also make for strong pelvic floor muscles, says Clue's research team. Pre-pregnancy fitness expert Nicole Brodie tells Bustle that squats are especially effective. "Squats are great compound exercises that work not only the glutes, but the core," she explains. "And when you engage the pelvic floor in the movement, they work as a type of kegel."

To do squats, stand with your feet a bit wider than shoulder-width, lower yourself until your thighs are just below parallel to the floor, and stand back up with your weight in your heels. Brodie recommends doing them against a wall for at least 10 seconds to engage your pelvic floor muscles.

Now, you can add amazing sex to your list of great reasons to exercise that have nothing to do with your looks — and everything to do with your pleasure.