STAY ON TOP OF YOUR TRAINING
AVOID INJURY AND PREPARE FOR AUTUMN WITH SIMPLYHEALTH
DID you know, over one third of runners have experienced an injury in the last year, according to Simplyhealth research?*
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.
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.
Simplyhealth Active Plan. Be your personal best.