We’re already aware of all the health problems associated with our increasingly sedentary lifestyles – heart disease, obesity, mental health issues. But one we hadn’t heard until now is a condition called ‘sloppy bottom’.
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Fitness expert Belinda Norton, 41, warned about this rather aptly named ailment that is caused by sitting down for too long, leading to a sagging behind. The mum-of-two, who is a fitness author and PE teacher, said:
With a large percentage of our population spending the majority of their day sitting, we are developing what has become known as ‘sloppy bottom’.
When the glutes aren’t doing their job, muscle function and movement mechanics in the hips– as well as strength, power, mobility, stability, posture, and athletic performance all suffer.
Their function is to allow us to run, walk, climb stairs, squat and move… We need to keep this muscle healthy and active.
If you think you have sloppy bottom, don’t fret, as Belinda revealed that a droopy butt can be tackled by a few simple workouts. Although it does mean getting off the sofa, unfortunately.
The more that you use your gluteus maximus, the less your back and knees will suffer.
Having strong glutes is key to being pain-free.
Belinda goes on to recommend doing deep squats and lunges to keep those butt muscles active.
Exercises Like the Clamshell, the Glute Bridge, deadlifts, deep squats, lunges and step-ups will help activate those Glutes.
It’s always best though to see your local chiropractor or health practitioner as they can assess you properly and provide you with the necessary exercises.
You could always look to a local fitness instructor or even a staff member at your local gym if you’re not sure where to start. Just a few rounds of squats and lunges each day should help towards banishing that sloppy bottom for good.
Or you could do as Leonardo DiCaprio does and embrace the dad bod.