We all have our own way of sitting down and getting comfortable, but just because we feel comfortable doesn’t mean it’s really good for us. In fact, one of the most popular ways of sitting, which is cross-legged, can have many negative effects on us and we should seriously consider stopping it.
It is important to learn to sit upright all the time; Not only is it good for the whole body, but it also increases self-confidence.
We are alway trying to take care of your health, so we would like to show you 5 reasons why you should avoid crossing your legs.
It Could Provoke Nerve Palsy
When you sit cross-legged for long periods, it can cause a condition called nerve palsy.
During this, you are unable to lift your foot, it can cause numbness in the muscles, and may even end up injuring the peroneal nerve.
It Could Cause High Blood Pressure
According to this study, crossing the legs at the knee significantly increases blood pressure.
It was also confirmed that there was no blood pressure spike when crossing the legs at the ankles and, luckily for us, these blood spikes were only temporary.
However, it is advisable to avoid crossing your legs if you are a person with high blood pressure.
It Could Lead To Bad Posture
According to this study, sitting cross-legged for more than 3 hours a day can cause a lateral tilt of the shoulders and pelvis, in addition to aligning the head more forward.
It can also cause misalignment of the spine and incorrect posture can cause pain and stiffness in the muscles.
It Could Cause Pain In The Joints
Crossing your legs is not only bad for your posture, it can also cause joint pain. This can damage your neck, pelvis, lower back, and knees.
And you should avoid crossing your legs, especially if you already have knee pain.
It Could Induce Ankle Swelling During Pregnancy
Avoid crossing your legs during pregnancy – it is completely safe for the baby, but it can cause ankle swelling and leg cramps.
If you experience any of these effects, try sitting with both feet on the ground or lifting them up.
Are you one of those who cross your legs when you sit down? Are you going to try to unlearn this habit now?
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