General Health

Cross with Caution

Think before you cross – Your legs, that is. We all do it. You’re sitting in class, your mind wandering, and you cross your legs to change positions,usually more than once in a class. Well, it’s comfortable isn’t it? Yes, but it’s also highly unhealthy.

Over 50 percent of women cross their legs, even though 75 percent are aware it is bad for the body’s circulation! Have you ever heard it was bad but still crossed your legs anyway? Yeah, me too. Men are no different, with 1 in 5 crossing theirs, although 45 percent are aware of the dangers.

Crossing your legs leads to much poorer circulation, straining your heart. This poor circulation can lead to broken blood capillaries and varicose veins. Ever heard of those? They are large, protruding veins that develop in the calves and ankles that can cause pain, swelling, and even itching. It also can cause leg tension and tired legs.

Crossing your legs is also is terrible for your posture. Crossing can aggravate or even create chronic back problems. It is also listed as one of the top reasons for chronic headaches. Sitting that way causes the pelvis to be uneven, throwing off the hips, spine, and neck, causing aches and pains in a number of places. Yikes!

Well, there are ways to change all that. Keep low-cardio in the mix of things, even if it just means walking. Change your birth control to a low-estrogen type to avoid hormonal changes that can wreak havoc on your body’s vein walls. And last but not least, do not cross your legs! Regardless of whether it’s an attempt to be flirtatious, to be more comfortable, or simply out of habit, it’s not worth it.

By Aisling Williams

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