It’s no secret that sitting for long stretches isn’t great for your body. Research has linked it to heart disease, obesity, diabetes, even cancer. But there’s another health risk from sitting all day that most people don’t know about: gluteal amnesia, or dead butt syndrome. That’s right, Dead Butt Syndrome! Dead butt syndrome develops when the gluteus medius—one of the three main muscles in the booty—stops firing correctly. Apparently, that can happen if you spend too much time parked in a chair. Since the gluteus medius normally helps stabilize the pelvis, gluteal amnesia can lead to lower back pain and hip pain, as well as knee and ankle issues, as the body tries to compensate for the imbalance. Want to know if you have it? Read more here.
I wish I’d have know abou this when I was a kid. When Dad told me to get off my dead butt, I could have said, “But Dad, I have Dead Butt Syndrome!”