Do you sit with your legs crossed? Mind it!

Although it can feel like a natural sitting position for so many of us, we’ve probably been told at some point down the line that crossing your legs is bad for you. But experts say you might want to rethink that habit: Crossing your legs can actually have some negative health effects

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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 realise you’re doing it — you just sit and cross one leg over the other, like you’ve done for years. According to experts it can be harmful to the health.

Dr Pratit Samdani, General Physician from Jaslok Hospital said, “It can cause knee pain and varicose veins and worsen the osteoarthritis. So, to prevent it, stretch, take frequent breaks and do not scratch if you have varicose veins as it can cause bleeding.”

Dr Gautam Bhansali, a consulting general physician at Bombay Hospital informed, “Sitting with legs crossed for longer periods can cause hip and back pain. It also compresses the nerves. Maintain a good posture while sitting or standing.”


  • Knee pain
  • Varicose veins
  • Hip and back pain
  • Never compression
  • Pressure on the peroneal nerve. It’s located in the back of the knee. This can cause tingling, numbness or pain in the feet after sitting this way for a prolonged period


  • Maintain a good posture
  • Take frequent breaks
  • stretch