If your desk job leaves you sitting all day long, you may end up with a “sloppy bottom,” according to a fitness expert.Belinda Norton,a 41-year-old PE teacher and fitness author from Australia, warns that being on our butts for long periods of time means that we’re not using our muscles enough and that can lead to a droopy booty.
In her blog, Norton shares that when we sit for a long time, our hip muscles tighten up and we can’t move our pelvis like usual. This can not only squash the nerves in our bottom, but the lack of movement in our pelvis keeps our hips from rotating forward and that can lead to back pain. Excessive sitting can also lead to poor posture, which can lead to pain in the lower back, hips, knees, or ankles when other muscles compensate.
Luckily, Norton says we don’t need to spend hours at the gym to prevent a “sloppy bottom” but doing some specific exercises can help. She advises doing ones that “isolate and target” the glutes, like deep squats and lunges. She says that having strong and healthy glutes is really important for women and new moms and that it’s “key to being pain-free.”