Crossing your legs at the knee is a very common pose people adopt when sitting down; many of us do it automatically. This position is elegant and sexy, and often associated with being ’’feminine’’ and ’’ladylike.’’ We’ve gotten used to crossing our legs without thinking, but not too many of us know that it can have some serious consequences for our health and bodies. Bright Side decided to share some valuable information about this posture with you, so that you’ll be well informed and know how to prevent circulation problems with one simple move.
- Maintaining a particular posture for hours can lead to a condition called peroneal nerve paralysis or palsy. This can also happen if you sit in the same position for prolonged periods of time.
- In 2010, various studies proved that when you sit with your legs crossed for a long time, the blood pressure in your body increases. When you put one knee over the other, it sends blood from the legs up to the chest, resulting in a larger quantity of blood being pumped out of the heart.
- Prolonged leg-crossing eventually makes the inner thigh muscle shorter and the outer thigh muscle longer, and puts your joints at risk of moving out of place. Remember this can lead to pelvic imbalance!
- When your legs are crossed, the pressure on your veins increases and impedes your blood flow, causing the vessels to narrow and allowing the backflow of blood. This can cause pooling of blood in the legs and make your veins swell.
- A study found that sitting with the legs crossed for longer than three hours per day may develop a lower back, stooped posture, neck pain, and discomfort in your hips.