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Pinching pain, numbness, and cramps – these are problems that arise when certain people sit cross-legged for a while. It’s a sign that something is miserably wrong with your health, especially the muscles of your lower body. Oh, and did we tell you being immobile for a long time and not staying active adds to the trouble.
You will be shocked to know that being unable to sit crossed-legged is a clear sign of tense muscles.
1. It improves range of motion.
2. It improves blood flow.
3. It is a great way to stretch your muscles, without even doing anything.
4. It is also good for your knees and joints.
5. It improves your posture.
6. It boosts your bowel movement.
7. Lastly, when you sit cross-legged, your ankles tend to put more pressure on the arteries of your inner thighs. This makes your heart pump more blood, leading to better supply of oxygenated blood to other body parts, improving their functioning.
Your body weight, while sitting cross-legged, lies on the glutes and if they aren’t strong enough, the area will feel numb. That’s why you need to indulge in exercises that are good for the glutes.
If you can’t do that, ensure that after every hour, you stand and walk a little to improve the blood circulation in that area.
That’s why we suggest you work out your legs at least once a week, so that you don’t have to face these problems. Your thighs also bear the stretch when you sit cross-legged, and not having stronger thighs won’t help you hold the pose for a really long time.
Having loose pelvic muscles is as worse as having them way too tight. Therefore, you need to maintain an optimum balance. When your pelvic floor muscles become way too tight, it becomes hard to mobilize them. The only solution is to be regular with your pelvic exercises.
Stiff muscles means your blood is not circulating properly, and that’s the only reason you feel numbness in your lower body. This is not at all a good practice, because as you age, this will become a major issue. This will bring more stiffness in your joints and your ankles will also bear its brunt. This will hamper your movement as well as the posture. So, beware ladies!
There are many stretches that can help you develop better hip mobility, and stronger pelvic floor muscles. In fact, it is a proven fact that yoga plays a major role in bringing more agility to your lower body.
1. Child pose – It will help in making your hamstrings and quads more flexible.
2. Pigeon pose – This one is basically for your hip mobility.
3. Toe touch – To relax your leg muscles.
4. Vajrasana – To stretch your thigh muscles to the max.
5. Lunge pose – This one is again for your glutes.
6. Bridge pose – It helps to properly align your pelvic muscles properly.
Hold each exercise for 10 seconds, see the difference within a month.
Now you know why your mum always tells you to fold your legs and sit!