New Innovo Research Reveals The Best ‘Music For Your Vagina’
We all know workouts can be a chore; whether it’s making it to the gym on time or rolling out the yoga mat at home, sometimes we can’t find the motivation - but what if all we needed was the right tunes to get our bodies moving?
When exercising and strengthening our bodies, we often overlook our bodies’ unsung hero - the pelvic floor. Almost every exercise or physical activity you do affects or utilises your pelvic floor, so it’s important to fully understand it to enable you to better your physical performance.
Over the course of our lives, our pelvic floor - the key set of deep muscles situated in the pelvis - can become weakened. The pelvic floor muscles can lose their tone due to a number of different triggers which result in an inability to control urination. This is commonly a result of pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, and pelvis and prostate surgeries, leaving one in three women and one in ten men unable to control urinary leaks.
Strengthening your entire core can reduce the risk of injuries and help ease symptoms of bladder weakness.
But can our gym playlists help our pelvic floors? Could the perfect song be out there to help us get the most out of our squeeze?
With the help of Spotify data we analysed over 1,000 songs from motivational and workout playlists to calculate the ‘perfect’ songs that will help get us moving and strengthen our pelvic floors.
Top Ten Popular Songs For Your Vagina
- Stay - Kid Laroi, Justin Bieber
- Industry baby - Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow
- Good 4 U - Olivia Rodrigo
- 2055 - Sleepy Hallow
- Montero (Call me by your name) - Lil Nas X
- Jealousy, Jealousy - Olivia Rodrigo
- Blinding Lights - The Weeknd
- Truth Hurts - Lizzo
- Coraline - Måneskin
- Plastic Hearts - Miley Cyrus
INNOVO’s Favourite Songs
- Higher Power - Coldplay
- Countdown - Beyonce
- Runaway Baby - Bruno Mars
- Come Together - The Beatles
- Animals - Maroon 5
- Thunder - Imagine Dragons
- Paint it Black - The Rolling Stones
- Yellow - Coldplay
- Cover Me in Sunshine - P!NK
- Genie in a Bottle - Christina Aguilera
Listen to our playlist ‘Music For Your Pelvic Floor’ on Spotify here.
So how do we know that these are the ‘top songs for your vagina’?
We began by researching manual kegel exercises, which are squeeze-and-release exercises that you do to make your pelvic floor muscles stronger. The NHS recommends to squeeze for 3 to 5 seconds, then relax the muscles and count a further 3 to 5 seconds. You should then repeat this 10 times, 3 times a day.
This then inspired us to consider whether kegel exercises have specific beats per minute and it turns out that they do!
The average BPM (beats per minute) for when you squeeze is 160 - 180bpm (5 seconds for 180 bpm or 3 seconds for 160 bpm).
When we matched this BPM to popular songs across the charts and fitness playlists, which led to these results.
Pelvic Floor Exercises - Your New Superpower
Learning how to strengthen your pelvic floor can be very tricky. As the pelvic floor is a deeply internal muscle, it can be difficult to contract it, especially if these muscles are particularly weak.
However, a strong pelvic floor can have monumental effects on your body including; giving you control over your bladder and bowel, improve sexual sensation, strengthen the core for a flatter tummy, relieve back pain and prevent prolapse.
Here are some of our top tips on how to maintain a strong pelvic floor:
Pelvic Floor Exercises
Pelvic floor exercises, also known as Kegels, are a great way to strengthen and improve your pelvic floor muscles. They are an effective treatment for people suffering from several forms of incontinence. Check out Jane Wakefield’s invisible workout series here to help master your exercises.
Maintaining a healthy weight
It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to avoid any extra pressure on the organs supported by the pelvic floor, which can be a leading cause of incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Dietary changes and regular exercise are simple yet effective steps that you can take to ensure a healthier pelvic floor.
If you’re looking for a more relaxing exercise that can also hugely improve your mental health, yoga could be the exercise for you. Yoga is a great way of improving your entire core strength by working your diaphragm, abdominals, and obliques. We recommend incorporating the following poses into your practice to ensure you’re targeting your entire core:
- Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
- Chair Pose (Utkatasana)
- Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)
- Happy Baby (Ananda Balasana)
- Locust Pose (Salabhasana)
- Boat Pose (Navasana)
- Yoga squat (Malasana)
- Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
Kegel exercisers come in the form of a weighted cone that is inserted into the vagina. The pelvic floor muscles are activated and worked by tightening them to keep the device in place. Similar to pelvic floor exercises, kegel exercisers need to be used regularly and consistently in order to see results.
Pelvic Floor Trainer
A pelvic floor trainer exercises your pelvic floor muscles without you having to do a thing. Unlike pelvic floor exercises, you don’t need to worry about making sure you’re targeting the right muscles as the trainer uses electric muscle stimulation to deliver 180 contractions in each 30-minute session, re-educating and strengthening your pelvic floor muscles whilst you relax.