I was training with a client last week and she returned experiencing “airplane legs”(she actually coined the phrased).  Anyone who travels frequently knows the feeling of tight hips, hip flexors, lower back and even neck.  “Airplane legs” can be a very compromising issue when traveling and can effect your activities of daily living and overall fitness training.  Remember in the kinetic chain of the entire body, one tight muscle can effect the rest of the body.  For instance, while traveling on an airplane, hip flexors can become tight which can cause lower back pain, then trickle to the upper trapezius and neck.

How to avoid “Airplane Legs”?

Before and After flying, be sure to stretch your hip flexors, quadriceps, hamstrings, IT Bands and lower back.  Using a foam roller in combination will help even more.