According to JustStand.org, we spend anywhere from 7.7 to 15 hours sitting down every day. Furthermore, people who sat for hours with their legs crossed increased their risk of death by a whopping 40 percent, according to a study published in Archives of Internal Medicine. Scary, right?
Although the solution may seem simple – stop sitting down – it’s much easier said than done since more of us are performing sedentary desk jobs. Sitting for long periods of time can lead to obesity and other serious health issues. Here are three ways your desk job is seriously jeopardizing your health.
1. It’s really bad for your heart.
When you cross your legs, you’re putting unnecessary pressure on the veins in your legs, especially the ones underneath your knees. What’s the big deal? This restricts the blood flow, causing your heart to work twice as hard.
2. It causes poor leg circulation.
Obviously, crossing your legs leads to reduced blood flow so it makes perfect sense that it would cause poor leg circulation. Symptoms include leg cramps, numbness, tingling, and blood clots, which can be dangerous, deadly even. When you think of late rapper Heavy D who died of complications from deep vein thrombosis after being on a plane for a number of hours and no circulation — it’s serious.