Crossing Your Legs ~ Good vs Bad


By: aG | Spunky Seniors Club® | February 2017

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Were you ever suspicious of people crossing their legs or even reflect on why we cross our legs? Men like women both seem to have this self-regulating need to cross our legs and we do it every day of our lives.

For numberless people, it is the way we often sit and rarely give it much thought ~ but have you ever notice that the majority of individuals cross their legs when everyone sits? We did our legwork and here are a few reasons why we may resort to crossing our legs.  

  • Crossed legs may suggest reserve or restraint
  • Its comfortable 
  • May indicate a defensive attitude
  • An attempt to try and protect one’s private part
  • Avoid unwanted pregnancies red smiley face

Since our legs are the farthest from our brain, can it be said that we are less aware of them and almost oblivious to the feet? One example is that we are aware of ones’ facial expressions but legs? Not so much.

Health Risks?

We found a study published in Blood Pressure Monitoring stating that sitting with your legs crossed can increase your blood pressure. The reason this happens is that the blood in your legs has to work against gravity to be pumped back to your heart, crossing one leg over the other increases resistance, making it even harder for the blood to circulate. This causes your body to increase your blood pressure to push the blood back to the heart. You won’t feel any immediate effects, but if you sit for long periods of time, it’s important that you take note of how long your legs are crossed.  You shouldn’t have your legs crossed for more than 15 minutes, and it’s important that you get up and walk around at least once every hour.

Take a look at what FoxNews has to say about the health risks of crossing your legs.

According to an articleYahoo beauty put out in their Well Being section, it indicates four reasons to stop crossing your legs because this common way to sit also can come with health risks.  It rattles on to say that you probably cross your legs at least once while you’re having dinner, working at your desk, or pretty much any time you sit down.  Odds are, you don’t even realize you’re doing it — you spontaneously sit and cross one leg over the other as you’ve been doing for years.

But experts say you may want to rethink that habit: Crossing your legs may have some adverse health effects.feet and ankle crossing

Here’s more of what you need to know.  Many individuals may feel that crossing your legs is more comfortable when you’re sitting — but, is this because it’s hard for some people to sit still? 

Consequently, how should you sit now that you are aware of the ramifications of crossing your legs? Experts say the best way is to cross your feet and ankles which will likely cut down on any hidden health risks.  Like with any position you’re sitting in, make sure you don’t sit for lengthy periods of time.  Get up and move around, reverse your legs to get the blood flowing — preventing it from pooling in any one area of your body.

Hear what the TV series ~ The Drs has to say about crossing our legs.  




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