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Does Sitting Cross-Legged Affect Your Veins?

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Improving Vein Health Throughout the Day

It’s a common misconception that sitting cross-legged causes varicose veins. At present, there is no substantial evidence to support this claim. However, sitting or standing for long periods of time can have negative effects on your health. You should aim to change position frequently throughout the day in order to avoid developing any health problems. Learn about the different strategies you can use to keep yourself moving during the day.

Choose the Right Chair

If you are sitting for long periods of time, make sure you have a supportive chair that is at the right height for your body. A chair that is too low can strain your back, while a chair that is too high can put pressure on your legs. It's also important to adjust the armrests if they’re too close or too far away; you should be able to rest your elbows comfortably without straining your shoulders.

Take Periodic Breaks

For jobs that require you to stand for long periods, take breaks periodically and shift your weight from one foot to the other. This can help relieve some of the strain on your legs. Alternatively, if you have a job that requires you to sit at a desk for 40 hours a week, remember to have movement breaks throughout the day - even if it's just to walk to the end of the hallway and back.

Don't Forget to Stretch

Finally, remember to stretch throughout the day—even if it's just for a few minutes. Stretching can help keep your muscles and joints limber, which can reduce any aches and pains that come from sitting or standing for long periods of time. As an easy way to remember, stretch when you wake up, during lunchtime, and before you go to bed.

Visit a Vein Specialist

For persistent vein pains and discomfort, don’t suffer through it alone. The team at Albert Vein Institute can help treat your most serious venous problems. Call (303) 857-5111 today to schedule an appointment!