Once we get to work, we take a seat at our desk and we're parked there all day.
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Butt muscles are simply not getting the workout they need on a daily basis.
The process that leads to Dead Butt Syndrome is called reciprocal inhibition. Pete McCall, an exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise, explained to SELF that, “reciprocal inhibition occurs when tightness in one muscle [your hip flexors, in this case] creates length in the muscle on the opposite side of the joint [your gluteal muscles or glutes].”
Is there anything you can do to combat Dead Butt Syndrome?
Your bad posture might not affect your hearing, but it can definitely affect your butt muscles.
Make sure you sit up straight when you are sitting down, and take the time to stretch every couple of hours.
Sara Lewis, a personal trainer and the founder of XO Fitness told SELF that you don’t necessarily need a gym to combat Dead Butt Syndrome.
One simple exercise she recommends is to, “stand tall, and tuck your tailbone and flex your glutes as hard as you can for five counts. Release, then repeat 10 times.”
There are plenty of things you can do to prevent or even reverse Dead Butt Syndrome.
If you regularly clench and release, sit up straight, and take regular walk breaks, you might be able to transform your dead butt back into a super alive butt.
An active lifestyle is really the name of the game.
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But being super in-shape doesn’t mean you can’t also have dead butt syndrome.
If you run or cycle regularly, you might be prone to the gluteal death trap. Chris Kolba told SELF that, “the repetitive nature of running or cycling can lend itself to tightness in the hip flexors,” and tightness in the hip flexors, as we now know, is a recipe for a dead butt.