AW promotion: Physiotherapist Jenny Blizard shares her top tips to help keep you fit and healthy, plus your chance to win a Polar Vantage M running watch and more with Simplyhealth

Did you know, over one third of runners have experienced an injury in the last year, according to Simplyhealth research?¹

  • 54% of those stopped running for a while
  • 36% had physiotherapy
  • 26% used sports massage
  • 11% of runners underwent gait analysis to help treat the injury

This is the time of year when the setting of long-term goals tends to take place, but your route to the finish line will require more than just miles. Training smart and looking after your body is vital.

Here, chartered physiotherapist Jenny Blizard shares some top tips to help keep you fit and healthy as you work towards your target.

Watch for warnings
Niggles are a common occurrence in running as your body continually adapts to the load. A recovery period allows your body to respond by increasing muscle mass and building stronger bones. A fine balance exists between too little and too much load. Niggles that are not going away are an early warning sign, so seek help or don’t be afraid to have an extra recovery day to get you back on track.

If you are indoors most of the day and either run early in the morning or in the evening, then it is likely that you will have low Vitamin D levels. Frequent muscle and joint pain, tiredness and low mood are all associated with low Vitamin D and can all be associated with an injury too! Ensure you get outdoors for a minimum of 15 minutes at lunchtime for a walk, and have your Vitamin D levels checked by your doctor if in doubt.

Seek advice
Sometimes it’s not what you want to hear but it’s what you need! Seek out a physiotherapist used to treating runners, as it can make a big difference to the advice given – especially on the type and amount of training to do if you’re injured.

Getting support towards the cost of treatments such as physiotherapy, acupuncture, chiropractic and osteopathy is among the benefits included in the new Simplyhealth Active Plan, designed to help you achieve your personal goals.

From just £14 per month, Active Plan allows you to claim towards the costs of these sorts of treatments and many more benefits such as health assessment and prescription sports glasses.

PLUS – join today and get two months free! T&Cs apply.

Simplyhealth Active Plan. Be your personal best.

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Your chance to win a Polar Vantage M running watch or one of four autumn training packs worth over £220

Get set for the season ahead with Simplyhealth

We’re giving away a Polar Vantage M watch to one lucky Athletics Weekly reader. This all-round multisport & running GPS watch is for anyone who loves setting new records. A slim and lightweight training companion, it will provide you with all the data you need to improve your performance.

Also up for grabs are four autumn training packs. Win a £60 e-voucher for Cotswold Outdoor or New Balance to use for those autumn essentials like running shoes, socks and layers, plus a free Simplyhealth Active Plan for a whole year worth £168!

A Simplyhealth Active Plan helps you be your personal best by giving you money back for physiotherapy including sports massage, gait analysis, health assessments and many more benefits. It also gives you 15% off at Cotswold Outdoor, 20% off New Balance and lots of other great offers and discounts on a range of health-related activities and experiences², from gym memberships and exercise equipment to holidays and spa days.

For your chance to win the Polar Vantage M watch or one of four autumn training packs, simply enter your details at Closing date is November 1, 2018. The winners will be chosen at random and notified via email.

Full terms and conditions can be found at:

¹Source: Simplyhealth Runners Research, August 2018, 1000 UK adults aged 18+ who regularly participate in running.
²These discounts are correct at the time of publication.