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This Is How Your Desk Job Can Affect Your Bottom, Yes, Your Bottom

So, we already know that a desk job is likely making your posture suffer and impacting your lower back, but now it’s time to talk about what it’s doing to your bottom.

Sitting at a desk for a long period of time can actually change the shape of your behind. According to Livestrong, the flattened bottom that can occur from sitting is referred to as “secretary butt,” and yes, it’s likely happening to you.

It’s not just about appearance, either. Dan Giordano of Bespoke Treatments Physical Therapy told Self magazine, “When you sit all day, basically what happens is your glutes shut down,” he told the publication. According to the magazine, your glutes impact your hip movement, pelvis rotation and more. So, weakened butt muscles can actually affect your entire body.

But, fret not! Because there are ways to combat this flattening to keep that booty of yours looking perfectly perky.

1. Improve Your Posture

We’re all victim of slinking down in our desks or letting our backs slump a little more than they should. If you sit correctly, however it will do wonders for your lower back and bottom area. So, focus on being perfectly poised. Your bottom is depending on you!

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2. Sit Less

Of course, anytime that you can be on your feet and moving around will help, too. Whether you get up and move around more often throughout the day or start using a standing desk, anytime you’re not sitting on your bottom, you’re working to strengthen it. And that definitely can’t hurt!

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3. Exercise

No matter how long you sat in your desk at work, if you’re sure to exercise everyday, you’re going to be doing not just your glutes, but your entire body a huge favor.

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4. Target Your Buttocks

Working out is great, but targeting your butt muscles will be even more helpful. Livestrong recommends doing squats to specifically target and strengthen that rear end of yours. You can also give this exercise circuit a try:

So, there you have it, my fellow desk job workers. If you don’t want your career to cause your behind to suffer, then you’ve got to work to combat what sitting on it all day does. Think of working out your behind as a second job, and you’ll never suffer from a flattened bottom.

If you do that, you really can have it all. And by that, of course, I mean a perky rear end and a great career. Because isn’t that what we’re all after?

[h/t: Self Magazine]