If you like to travel to reach exotic marathons, when you have been sitting on a plane for several hours, and you suddendly get up, you often find difficult even to walk, let alone running. You feel tight and your muscles are stiff. This is due to inactivity, rather than from traveling itself.
It is indeed really easy to overcome this runner's unfriendly discomfort: while on the plane, just engage in these simple legs and feet exercises:
Toes - Curl your toes down toward the floor and squeeze them for a few seconds, as if you were trying to grab something. Then slowly release the grasp and fully extend and stretch out your toes out as far as you can. Repeat this simple exercise up to 15 times for each foot.
Foot - Keeping the heel on the floor, lift the point of your foot as high as you can. Maintain this position for a few seconds then rotate the foot to the left and to the right. Repeat this exercise up to 10 times for each foot.
Plantar - Lift the heel and point your toes as far as you can toward the floor. Maintain this position for a few seconds. Repeat this exercise up to 10 times for each foot.
Leg - Lift one leg and bring your knee as close as you can to your chest. Repeat up to 10 times for each leg. Then extend your leg as far as you can. Maintain a streched position for a few seconds. Repeat this up to 10 times for each leg.
Circulation and blood flow are very important to maintain your health, but sitting for long periods of time reduces it to a minimum. These simple inflight stretching exercises we mentioned, sure will help you restore the circulation at adequate levels and take away the discomfort associated with traveling.