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To put into action, practice, or force; to make use of something, such as a right or option.

To exercise dominion over land is to openly indicate absolute possession and control.

To exercise discretion is to choose between doing and not doing something, the decision being based on sound judgment.


(Discharge a function), verb act, administer, carry into execution, carry on, carry out, conduct, do duty, efficere, engage in, execute, exercere, facere, officiate, perform, practice, pursue, put in motion, put into action, put into effect, put into practice, serve as, translate into action, wage
Associated concepts: authority exercised under the United States Constitution, exercise an option, exercise jurisdiccion, exercise of judicial discretion
Foreign phrases: Cui jurisdictio data est, ea quoque connessa esse videntur, sine quibus jurisdictio explicari non potest.To whomsoever jurisdiction is given, those things also are supposed to be granted, without which the jurissiction cannot be exercised. Frustra est potentia quae nunquam venit in actum. A power is a vain one if it is never exercised.


(Use), verb apply, avail oneself of, bring into play, bring to bear, draw on, employ, make use of, operate, practice, put in action, put in practice, put to use, put to work, turn to account, utilize, wield
Associated concepts: exercise a right to vote, exercise an option, exercise discretion, exercise dominion, exercise due care, exercise of power
See also: act, apply, campaign, commission, discipline, effort, employ, endeavor, enterprise, exert, exploit, labor, officiate, operate, ply, practice, problem, resort, transaction, undertaking, wield, work
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To do Kegel exercises, empty your bladder and sit or lie down.
Group one performed traditional Kegel exercises. They were instructed to lie in the supine position with knees bent when performing the exercises.
The principle of specificity requires that the muscle must be trained with physical activity that replicates as closely as possible the functional movement required, (e.g., for a marathon athlete specificity requires running), at close to the maximal force or tension generated and progressive resistance weight training.[sup.26] For the pelvic floor, the Kegel exercise meets the specificity requirement and is the only considered to improve PFM fibre function.[sup.3,27]
Early results obtained with the Colpexin pull test show a significant improvement in contractile strength over a 16-week period in women with prolapse who performed Kegel exercises regularly with the sphere in place.
Experts also suggest that expectant morns do Kegel exercises during the pregnancy to help strengthen the pelvic floor.
Kegel exercises are highly effective for stress incontinence.
The management includes programmes for strengthening the pelvic floor muscles using Kegel exercises and electrical muscle stimulation using faradic current.
When learning the Kegel exercise, contractions can be held for 3-5 seconds, and repeated 10 times, 2-3 times per day: Very rapid Kegel exercises should also be performed.
Next, do Kegel exercises by contracting the pelvic floor muscles (the ones you use to stop peeing midstream).
Those who will benefit greatly are pre and post-natal women, who can benefit greatly from contracting mula bandha (similar to Kegel exercises).