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If you have a desk job that requires you to sit for long hours, you’re probably at risk for dead butt syndrome (DBS). Technically, it is known as gluteal amnesia and is characterised by your butt not providing your body with a proper posture and alignment simply due to ‘forgetting.’ It might sound weird but let us explain.
Sitting for long hours, living a sedentary lifestyle lacking movement, and not practising butt strengthening exercises are some of the key reasons that contribute towards the development of dead butt syndrome. In severe cases, people also report experiencing numbness, pain in the buttocks, lower backache, and pain in the knees.
Much like sciatica, the pain associated with this syndrome can travel down to your legs and make it difficult to even move around. At times, swelling in the hip area is also observed.
Turns out, you can avoid the problem by changing that sedentary lifestyle to an active one! Here are 5 exercises that you need to add to your daily routine:
Stand straight with your legs hip-width apart. Squeeze your butt to activate those glutes and release it. You should squeeze your butt for 3 to 5 seconds before relaxing. You can do this 15 to 20 times. This will help in relaxing the tensed up butt muscles.
Lie down on your back. Now, bend your legs at the knees. Your knees and feet should be perpendicular. Lift your butt and hold the pose. Ensure that you keep your torso straight. Hold the pose for 10 seconds and repeat it 10 times.
Stand straight with your legs hip-width apart. Keep your elbows by your sides and hold your forearms in front of you at shoulder distance. Now, raise your knees up alternatively. Your speed and momentum will contribute to improved results. Do at least 100 high knees.
You have to first get into a squat. When you come up, kick sideways and get into a squat again. Do at least 15 kicks on each side.
To do a sumo squat, stand with your feet apart. Ensure your feet are facing outwards and keep your hands clasped together at your chest. Push your hips back and squat down, keeping your back straight. Make sure you’re pushing through your heels and engaging your inner thighs as you come back to the original position.
These exercises will not only relax your glute muscles but also result in strengthening your buttocks. Do this routine twice a week to avoid the dead butt syndrome!
Having said that, don’t forget to move a little after every hour and a half of sitting to completely abandon this disorder.