RACEREADY FITNESS START-TO-FINISH SUPPORT
MEN’S HEALTH’S JUNIOR FITNESS EDITOR, MICHAEL JENNINGS, IS TRAINING TOWARDS A HALF-MARATHON PB WITH THE HELP OF SIMPLYHEALTH AND A FULL-BODY ROUTINE
Serious running is no longer the preserve of stick-thin endurance athletes. Even lifelong gym-goers are learning that, with its impressive cardiovascular benefits, running can have a profound effect on their weightlifting routine. Among them is MH’S junior fitness editor, Michael Jennings. Far from ditching dumbbells altogether as he trains for the Simplyhealth Great North Run, he is spending as much time in the gym as pounding the streets.
Preparing for a race is an effective – and fun – way to lift your fitness to new heights. And if you train smart, there’s no need to worry about losing your hard-earned muscles. For running-specific exercise plans to complement your work in the gym, visit: simplyhealth.co.uk/great-run-partnership.
Months of running will put a lot of stress on your body, and it’s not uncommon to encounter a few problems along the way. That’s where Simplyhealth comes in. To keep your training on track, we help to cover the cost of a range of health services, from sports massage, gait analysis and overall health checks to broader services such as dentistry and acupuncture.
From the treadmill to the start line, Simplyhealth is here to help you on every step of your running journey.
Whether you’re a beginner training for your first ever race or an experienced runner with many marathons under your belt, the Simplyhealth Active plan is designed to help you stay fighting fit: from the pre-race massage to a body MOT.
Tension and toxins in your muscles can cause you pain. A sports massage releases the body’s endorphins, helping you with your performance, and can aid recovery and prevent injury.
The wrong trainers can lead to a variety of injuries. A podiatrist can help you find the right shoe for you, helping you to stay injuryfree and run to the best of your ability.
Stay in peak condition for your run. With the Simplyhealth Active plan, you can have a range of tests and examinations that will give you a complete overview of your wellbeing and identify common health issues.
VISIT SIMPLYHEALTH.CO.UK/ACTIVE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SIMPLYHEALTH AND THE ACTIVE PLAN. WHETHER YOU’RE TRAINING FOR YOUR FIRST EVENT OR HAVE YOUR EYE ON A MARATHON PB, SIMPLYHEALTH WILL BE WITH YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. #MYEVERYSTEP