Kegels are the action of contracting and releasing the muscles of the pelvic floor. These muscles are responsible for supporting the bladder, the bowel and in women the uterus. When the pelvic floor becomes weak it can lead to urinary leakage and organ prolapse causing bulges, uncomfortable pressure and slightly wet undies. Kegels are also a great exercise for pregnant women to do. Pregnancy and delivery can stretch and weaken the muscles of the pelvic floor.
I think the most appealing aspect of doing kegels is that by tonifying the pelvic floor you may experience improved sexual function. They can help to combat erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation in men and help women to more easily experience an orgasm. If this isn't a good enough reason to do some kegels then I don't know what is.
Kegels are an exercise that requires no equipment and can be done anywhere and anytime without anyone knowing that you are doing them. Like working out any other muscle in the body, the more consistently you do kegels the stronger your pelvic floor muscles will get and the more you will benefits you will experience. To do kegels start by squeezing the muscle that you would use to stop urinating. When you have found the right muscle contract and hold it for 5 seconds and then release for 5 seconds. Do about 10 to 15 reps about 3 times a day. Slowly build up to 10 seconds of contraction and 10 seconds of relaxation.
The one problem I have with kegels is I can never remember to do them. To remedy this I put a red heart sticker on my car steering wheel. It reminds me that when I am stopped at a red light to do some kegels. So where ever you are do some kegels. Its fun and it feels kind of sneaky to do a physical activity that no one can tell you're doing.