Sitting for long hours at your office desk can give you a 'desk derriere' according to an expert study.
Recently researchers from the Tel Aviv University analyzed the buttocks of inactive individuals and found that the gluteal muscles in them were shrinking and breaking down due to their inactivity.
AdvertisementFat tends to get accumulated in the adipose cells and muscles of the buttocks, in those who lead sedentary lives.
The hip flexor muscles at the front of the hip, become tight and work overtime in an individual who spends the considerable part of a day sitting. In response to this the key muscles that lend the buttocks their shape — the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus — become less active causing poor muscle tone. The gluteal muscles have a key role to play in stabilizing and controlling the movement of the pelvis, lower back and legs.
This information is more important for woman as they are more inclined to accumulate fat in their buttocks and hips, while men tend to store fat around their waist. The enzyme lipoprotein lipase plays a significant role in determining where fat can get accumulated.
Low physical activity and a poor diet are the chief causes of desk derriere but other factors also play a role.
If you spend long hours working at your computer or doing desk jobs it would be good to take time off from the desk and walk every now and then. Also, there are stretching exercises that can be specifically done by those who sit for long hours. It may be good to follow these tips if you want to avoid a desk derriere and maintain a shapely one.