Dead Butt Syndrome
People, you have got to get your butts out of the chair, or the bed, or whatever. Seriously.
Your butt is breaking! Sorry Dying. Your butt is dying!
According to a Huffington Post articleby Nicole Pajer, "Americans are sitting so long that their butts are literally falling asleep. “Dead butt syndrome,” or gluteal amnesia, is a condition that occurs when your gluteus medius gets inflamed and forgets to function normally."
Pajer's article, 'Dead Butt Syndrome' Is A Real Thing. Here's How To Tell If You Have It"was a big deal back in 2018, but I swear, we are not listening and our bottoms and our entire bodies are paying the price.
Yes, writers, I know that you're thinking, "Isn't the whole point of being a writer about making up imaginary worlds, sitting all day, and putting your butt in the chair?"
There are a lot of writer quotes expressly about how you have to put your 'butt in the chair' to get your writing done.
Writers, there are actual books call "BUTT IN CHAIR!"
Putting your butt in the chair, doesn't make you an awesome writer. It just means you've put in some time with your bottom in a chair, typing. Writing is about craft, understanding humans, understanding language, and story.
Back to Butts
An article by Anthea Levi, entitled "Dead Butt Syndrome Is One More Reason You Shouldn’t Sit All Day"stresses that sitting all day isn't good for anyone's butt, not even a writer's.
Sitting all day is not good for your bottom.
She quote says chiropractor Andrew Bang, who works at Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute.
Dead butt syndrome has to do with reciprocal inhibition—the process that describes the give-and-take relationship between muscles on either side of a joint. "In general, when one muscle contracts, a nerve signal is sent to its opposing muscle to relax,” says Bang.
Give-and-take relationships aren't just the talk of couples therapy for writers who are having a hard time. It's also about the body and the self. Our muscles work together but sometimes, they don't.
When we sit down too long, our butts get out of shape. The main muscles do a lot of beneficial things and when it's dead or not strong? Our pelvis isn't as stable. We can get pain in our back and hips. Our knees and ankles act up.
It all can go bad.
Levi's article talks all about the health dynamics and causes of that and you should check it out. Pajer's article talks about the signs of dead butt syndrome.
Writer's Tip OF THE POD
Sitting in your chair all day is putting in the time, but crafting great writing is about more than that. It's about understanding people, story, life. It's about living. It's hard to live in one place, sitting down.
Keep your butt healthy, your heart healthy and your writing healthy.
Dog Tip for Life
Moving is good.
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