Let’s be honest; for most workout junkies and for anyone looking to get in shape, a big part of working out involves exercises to strengthen the glutes. Yes, everyone wants a shapely behind and for those of us who do work hard on maintaining proportions and muscle tone with hip thrusts and squats, it can be pretty frustrating to see those efforts come to nothing. After all, a flat butt is about as desirable as a bulging belly.
Do You Have Office Ass?
“If you spend hours seated in a chair and barely move around during your workday, it’s possible that you have office ass”
Whether you’ve heard of it before, or not, office ass is apparently a colloquial term for just one of the many ill effects of spending hours seated in an office. It’s anyone’s guess which effect we’re talking about here. Apparently, sitting on your butt the entire day, literally causes it to flatten and become virtually non-existent. But are the claims valid or is this just another myth? If we are to go with the opinion of experts like Physical therapist Abby Bales and exercise scientist Damien Kelly, it is a very real phenomenon that’s well known to health experts; it’s just the term that’s new. So, if you spend hours seated in a chair and barely move around during your workday, it’s possible that you have office ass.
“You might be doing squats and lunges and step-ups and all those things you think are butt exercises but because your butt is lazy and so disengaged in general life and the opposing muscles are so engaged, you’re not using the right muscles”
The human body was not designed for prolonged periods of rest, and certainly not in the seated position, which is why sitting for hours wreaks havoc on our bodies, not to mention our butts. When you spend so much time seated the muscles in the butt are weakened and not firm enough, causing them to spread out. Bales explained the effect to New York Post saying that as a result, “People have a difficult time actively engaging their glutes to both strengthen and shape them.” This means that all your hours spent gyming to get bootylicious could be futile if you just can’t activate the right muscles. Damien touched upon the point when he spoke to
Australia’s Body+Soul saying, “You might be doing squats and lunges and step-ups and all those things you think are butt exercises but because your butt is lazy and so disengaged in general life and the opposing muscles are so engaged, you’re not using the right muscles. You might do a squat but you’re not using your butt at all.”
Does That Mean I’m Doomed To Have A Flat Ass?
“Standing and walking increases your hip extension and flexion, which will make activation of those glutes a lot easier”
The first and best defense would be to stand up more and walk about at work. If need be, set reminders on your phone so that you can get off your butt and move for at least five minutes every hour. Standing and walking increases your hip extension and flexion, which will make activation of those glutes a lot easier. Pay more attention to your posture, by sitting tall and avoiding slouching. In addition to those minor adjustments to your working day, you can use exercises like squats and lunges to activate the glutes and encourage muscular hypertrophy.
Keep up the exercise routine and the sitting breaks and you should soon be able to flaunt your curves in those skinny jeans or body-hugging maxis.
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