We hear often about how bad sitting all day can be for our health — our hearts, our weight — but news is now circulating about how absolutely terrible sitting at a desk all day is for our butts.
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SELF recently reported on "gluteal amnesia," also called "dead butt syndrome." It's basically when, thanks to being in the same position all day, our gluteal muscles forget how to activate.
SELF interviewed Chris Kolba , Ph.D., C.S.C.S., a physical therapist about what exactly that all means. "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," he explained.
He added, "Prolonged sitting can also create a 'laminating effect' between the muscle fibers, in which the continual compression of the tissue causes them to get tacked down, losing their elasticity and ability to contract optimally."
Of course, if your glutes aren't doing the work they're supposed to, everything else in your body suffers — your posture, your back, your hips, your knees.
Luckily, all of this is reversible. Get up more, walk around, work out your lower body, and for goodness sake don't spend all day sitting. Your glutes (and the rest of your body) will thank you for it.