Crossing your legs at the knee is a very common pose people adopt when sitting down. But this unconscious habit of sitting ‘cross-legged’ can be harmful for your health and body in the long run. Studies suggested that crossing the legs while sitting can lead to a number of health problems such as lower back pain, high blood pressure, blood clot, spider and varicose veins. Here’s why you should never sit with your legs crossed:
1. SITTING WITH LEGS CROSSED CAN CAUSE BACK AND HIP PAIN
While sitting, most people shift their weight around, lean to one side or the other, or even cross their legs. But this can lead to bad posture and result in back pain, hip pain or pelvic pain. Sitting with your legs crossed puts your hips in a twisted position, which will rotate one of your pelvic bones at the base of the spine. This may cause additional pressure on your lumbar spine and hips which can contribute to low back pain, hip pain, knee pain and possibly mid-back pain.
2. IT CAN TEMPORARILY RAISE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE
Habit of sitting with legs crossed at the knee can raise your blood pressure for a short while. According to a study published in the journal “Blood Pressure Monitoring”, sitting with your legs crossed at the knee can raise your systolic (top number) blood pressure nearly 7 percent and diastolic (bottom number) by 2 percent.
The blood in your leg veins must work against gravity to return to your heart. When you cross one leg over the other, it increases resistance to the blood flow. This in turn causes the body to increase blood pressure in order to push your blood back up to your heart. Must Read #3
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