Your butt might be dead. No, seriously. "Gluteal amnesia," also known as "dead butt syndrome," is a real health issue affecting countless people, and the scariest thing? You may not even know you have it.
If "gluteal amnesia" sounds like your butt loses its memory, that's because it kind of actually does.
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Dead Butt Syndrome (which we will be calling it from now on because it’s super funny) means that your gluteal muscles literally forget how to fire properly.
Shocking, we know.
But it makes sense. Just like any other muscles in your body, your butt muscles need to be used consistently in order to continue doing their job.
Yes, butts are our gloriously round padded bum seats, but they're also essential muscle groups.
You gotta work ’em to keep ’em.
Anyone who sits for most of the day — as many Americans with desk jobs do — is at risk for developing dead butt syndrome.
How do you know if your butt is dead? There’s a simple test you can do. Stand and imagine you’re wearing a belt. According to Kira Stokes, a celebrity trainer, “if your belt line drops toward the front, it means you have an anterior pelvic tilt, which signifies you aren’t contracting your glutes properly.”
We're always told to keep moving as much as possible.
Sitting for hours on end isn’t good for you for a number of reasons. A sedentary lifestyle can contribute to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and now — Dead Butt Syndrome.
“When you sit a lot, the hip flexor gets shortened and tighter, which leads to the butt muscles not firing or working as optimally as they should,” says Chris Kolba, a physical therapist at Ohio State University, told SELF.
Think about it.
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Many Americans sit for the duration of their commute if they’re on a train, on a bus, or in a car.
Those butt muscles aren’t getting much exercise while you’re sitting there listening to your favorite podcast about serial killers, that’s for sure.