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The Skinny On: Crossing your legs

Everyone has heard from somebody – their mother, their co-worker, their Pilates instructor – that it is not healthy to cross your legs when sitting. But is it true? I am here to tell you, as one of those Pilates instructors, that YES it is true.

And for a couple of reasons:

  • It seriously decreases the circulation to your lower legs. Lack of blood flow to your feet can not only make them fall asleep which is annoying, but it can contribute to varicose veins. Varicose veins are usually on the leg and are large, twisted, and rope-like, and can cause pain, swelling, or itching.
  • It can aggravate and even create back problems, especially if you sit cross legged for a long period of time. Sitting that way makes the pelvis really uneven which is ergonomically bad for the health of your spine.
  • Fit's tip: If you must cross something, just cross your ankles and make sure to alternate which ankle is on top.

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