Once and For All, Does Sitting With Your Legs Crossed Cause Spider Veins?
July 22, 2016
Trust us, we know the struggle. You love your job, but sitting at a desk for 8 (or more, yikes) hours a day can lead to tense muscles and restlessness. But, worse than that, can sitting at your desk all day, cross-legged actually cause spider veins?! Since we here at SHEfinds can easily be victims of this beauty and health myth, we decided to do some investigative work ourselves. Here’s what we discovered…
Varicose veins and spider veins can actually be caused by sitting for too long, with your legs crossed! NO! We know… These unsightly veins can be caused by lack of movement: Women’sHealth.gov explains that sitting or standing for too long may force your veins to work harder to pump blood to your heart. This may be a bigger problem if you sit with your legs bent or crossed.
But wait, there’s more: aging, your past medical history, hormonal changes, pregnancy, obesity, and sun exposure can also cause spider veins! WOW – who knew?! Well, now we know how to try and avoid these annoying veins. Next time you find yourself at work, try not to wrap your legs around and don’t sit cross-legged – who knows, it might make a difference in the long run!