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.
Fat 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
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.