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Crossing your legs will give you varicose veins.

Myth: Crossing your legs will give you varicose veins.

Truth: Sitting down and crossing your legs won’t cause varicose or spider veins, but standing may. Pronounced veins often crop up on people who either have a genetic predisposition to them (so thank Mom or Dad) or have jobs that require them to stand a lot. Standing makes the vascular network work extra-hard to pump blood from the legs up to the heart. If the valves, which keep blood flowing in one direction within your vessels, aren’t functioning properly, a pooling of blood can occur and result in unsightly veins.

Pregnancy, which puts added pressure on the circulatory system, or a trauma — getting hit by a ball or a car door, for example — can also lead to varicose or spider veins. But simply crossing your legs will not cause them.

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If you do spend lots of time on your feet, make sure you spend a few minutes in the evening lying down with your feet slightly raised above head level. Breathe deeply through your nose for a few minutes to allow increased oxygenation.