Health Tips: Disadvantages of sitting with legs crossed!


Many people find it most comfortable to sit with one leg crossed over the other. But do you know how harmful this habit can be to your health? Doctors say that sitting with crossed legs can not only cause varicose veins (swelling of veins) and birth complications in pregnant women but also increase the risk of high blood pressure.


Disadvantages of sitting with legs crossed-

Varicose Veins and Complications in Pregnancy

Sitting with your legs crossed can hinder blood flow, which increases the risk of varicose veins (swelling in the veins). At the same time, this posture is especially harmful for pregnant women, because during pregnancy the blood flow becomes slower than before. This can cause pain, swelling, and fatigue in the legs. Apart from this, in pregnant women, sitting cross-legged can also hurt the condition of the fetus. This may cause delays or complications in delivery.

The problem of high blood pressure

Studies have shown that sitting with crossed legs can increase blood pressure by up to 8%. This happens because this posture puts pressure on the arteries, due to which the heart has to work harder. In such a situation, if you already have the problem of high blood pressure, then it becomes even more important to avoid sitting cross-legged.

Back pain and muscle strains


Sitting with your legs crossed increases the stress on the back muscles, which can cause back pain and muscle strain. It can also cause pain in the neck and shoulders.

How to avoid side effects

When you sit, keep your back straight and your feet flat on the floor. If you have to sit for a long time, keep changing your position every 30 minutes. Get up and walk around for a few minutes every hour. Apart from this, regular exercise helps in strengthening the muscles and increasing flexibility.