Why you shouldn't cross your legs


Most women cross their legs - this is comfortable and prevents unwanted peeks under the skirt. But it is precisely this position that is said to have unpleasant consequences for health.

There is hardly a sitting position as popular with women as crossing your legs. It is comfortable and practical - and for men the epitome of femininity. In fact, crossing our legs can hurt our health, according to several studies. Why we'd better untangle our legs ...

1. We get varicose veins

Whether genes, obesity, pregnancy, or increasing age: there are many reasons for varicose veins. Crossing the legs is also believed to be a cause of this, as the veins in the legs are compressed. The result: blood vessels constrict, which in turn causes the veins to swell. Experts agree, however, that varicose veins are not the result of crossing your legs, but that they can make existing venous disorders worse.

2. The nerves are pinched off

If you stay too long in the sitting position, you can pinch the internal calf nerve (nervus peroneus). It's just behind the knee and that causes the legs to fall asleep. In the worst case, it even leads to so-called "peroneal paralysis", as a result of which the feet and toes no longer work. Nevertheless, the risk of paralysis is dwindling, because nobody remains in a position that is uncomfortable until paralysis.

3. Crossing your legs leads to poor posture

If we sit cross-legged for more than three hours a day, this promotes poor posture or a crooked back. This is the result of a study. Also, the constant crossing of the legs can lead to an imbalance in the pelvis. This can result in damage to the ligaments and pain in the spine.

4. We suffer from high blood pressure

Several studies have shown that crossing your legs can temporarily lead to high blood pressure. However, as soon as we untangle the legs again, the pressure drops rapidly. The reason: In this sitting position, the blood is pumped to the heart faster because - as already mentioned - important veins are squeezed off. It remains to be determined whether long-term damage can occur. Caution is generally advised for women who belong to the thrombosis risk group.


Crossing your legs can lead to various health problems, but does not have to be. Women who are at higher risk of blood clots are better off avoiding this sitting position. The general rule is: Either way, sitting too long is harmful to our organism. Do not stay in the same position for too long - and ensure sufficient movement in your everyday life.