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Elevation of an injured area is an important principle of first aid, but elevating your legs regularly is a restorative exercise for anyone and for marathoners in particular because we ask so much of our legs and feet. One of my high school running coaches told us to elevate our feet after practices now and then, and one of my yoga teachers periodically suggests that we place our legs against the wall for a few minutes at the end of the class. Here's how you do it:
HI I HAVE A LOT OF PAIN IN LOWER BACK ,AND I FOUND PUTTING LEGS UP ON WALL ABOUT TEN MINS ,HELPED PAIN
What is the science behind elevating the legs after training? I understand that the blood will flow to the heart when elevated, but what happens after we stop? The blood flowing through the lower limbs is considered "fresher"?
Its similar to the blood doping principal, without actually blood doping. You allow your body to better circulate the blood flow in your legs, getting pumped through your heart and returning to your legs "fresher" than ever! Although you don't have a higher blood cell count as you would in the case of blood doping, you will have higher oxygen levels.
Glad it helped!