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Sitting all day can cause 'dead butt syndrome'. These exercises can help

TODAY with Hoda & Jenna discusses "Dead Butt Syndrome", also called lower cross syndrome, gluteal amnesia or gluteus medius tendinosis, which occurs when the gluteus medius (one of the three main muscles in the buttock) weakens due to sitting all day.

“Dead Butt Syndrome is a real medical entity. And what happens is your glute muscles from sitting on your butt too much, literally fall asleep and it causes a whole host of problems including pain and sometimes numbness,” explained Jordan D. Metzl, MD, sports medicine physician at HSS.

“The good news is Dead Butt Syndrome is a pretty easy fix,” said Dr. Metzl. “In addition to getting up and moving around, strong muscles tip to toe make a difference. But if you’re getting numbness down your legs and it doesn’t go away with just regular exercises, it may be time to talk to your doctor.”

Dr. Metzl advised, “I want people to make sure every hour, 5-10 minutes, they get up, they stretch, they move. Your body needs to move. Sitting for hours in a row is terrible for your health, even if you’re exercising. So make sure you get up and move around.”

This segment aired on March 10, 2021. Watch the segment at Today.com.