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Why you should never cross your legs

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Health Desk: Nov 11, 2017— Sitting crossed-leg has been claimed harmful by many health experts. Not many of us know that this sitting posture could cause major damage to legs. From increasing blood pressure to causing varicose veins, this ‘lady-like’ position can be responsible for many health issues.

Let’s have a look at some more hazardous effects of sitting crossed-leg.

IMPACTS BLOOD PRESSURE: Some studies say that if you sit crossed-leg for a long time, the body’s blood pressure increases as it puts pressure on the nerves. It is recommended even for those without

MAY CAUSE PERONEAL NERVE PARALYSIS: Another reason you should avoid sitting crossed-leg for a long period is that it may lead to the condition called palsy or peroneal nerve paralysis. Sitting in the same position for a prolonged period can suppress the nerves and can damage them.

AFFECTS BLOOD CIRCULATION: Cross-legged position greatly impacts your blood circulation. This is because when you put your one leg over the other, it pumps larger amount of blood into the heart. This, in turn, negatively impacts blood circulation.

COULD CAUSE PELVIC IMBALANCE: Sitting in crossed-leg position can also lead to pelvic imbalance. It is due to the reason that this position can impact your inner and outer thigh muscles. This could also put your leg-joints at risk.

SPIDER VEINS OR VARICOSE VEINS: Crossed-leg posture can increase the chances of developing Spider veins or Varicose veins. Sitting in this position can cause inflammation in the legs and may compress veins. When you sit in a crossed-leg position, the pressure on the veins increases and impacts the blood flow, leading to these two conditions.

However, the specialists suggest not to sit in the same position for a prolonged period. Rather they suggest to keep on changing sitting position.