Increases blood pressure
A lot of researches have connected sitting cross-legged to increased blood pressure. Even if you don’t have blood pressure problems, this can lead to changes that affect your circulation negatively.
Namely, when you put your one leg over the other, the pressure on the lower limb sends a bigger amount of blood to your chest, that is, your heart, thus, leading to higher blood pressure.
Causes pain in your back and hips
People who regularly sit this way can feel pain which is not negligible. It occurs causally and is associated with the position of the pelvic bones. What happens during cross-legged sitting is that the pelvis takes up an unnatural position, moving forward or sideways. The position of the pelvis attaches to the back muscle, which tightens, causing severe pain in the lower part of the back and the hips.
Contributes to varicose veins
Although the formation of varicose veins is closely related to genetics, sitting cross-legged during the day increases the chances of their development, since in this position there is a constant pressure on the veins full with small vessels and capillaries. This leads to the acceleration of blood flow, which expands the veins and changes their shape, due to which they become swollen and visible, something that may become a big problem in the long run.