One of the best ways to prevent blood pooling is to elevate your legs. The simplest way is to throw a few pillows under your calves to get your feet higher than your heart.
Marathoners though, from elites down to first-timers, swear by the legs-up-the-wall yoga pose as one of the most effective recovery methods to keep blood circulating.
Start by lying down adjacent to a wall. Slowly lift your legs along the wall, pivoting your body 90 degrees until your legs are fully elevated and you are facing the wall. Hold the position for 10 to 15 minutes the evening of the race, and then once each day for the following week.Back to top