First it was a broken arm, then it was a stress fracture. If the past 12 months has taught me anything, it’s to challenge AND look after yourself. Which can mean several different things.
Instead of just running for miles and miles, I have been making a conscious effort to take things slow and mix up cardio with weights at the gym, Pilates, Yoga, Barre or even trapeze classes. And once my wedding is over, I’m going to sign up for a personal healthcare health plan as I’ve come to the realisation that the only way I can ensure my body is in top nick is to ensure I can get the best health care if ever I need to.
That’s not to berate the NHS. They work extremely hard and provide the best service they can. It’s just when it comes down to it, a sports injury is less of a priority – which can be a bitter pill to swallow if you’re a mad keen fitness fanatic like me. Not that I’m planning on getting any more injuries but it would be good to have the necessary cover to fast-track me back to recovery rather than jumping through endless NHS hoops otherwise known as “the waiting list”.
And this all fits with the philosophy of a recent event I was invited to by Simply Health at one of London’s best fitness studio 1Rebel. Based on the theme of #TrainAndRecover, it really summed up my thoughts towards fitness: you need to get the balance right. Train hard without being detrimental towards your health. Most importantly, look after yourself.
That post-recovery fuel supplied by Lifebox and healthy juice post-the 1Rebel workout at the event was as equally important as the signature 1Rebel 45-minute Reshape class. This was a sweat-inducing mashup of sprinting and hills on a treadmill mixed with weights and squats on the floor. I absolutely loved it of course.
It also introduced me to the Simply Health Cash Plan, which seems to offer really flexible options as well as help to cover things that sports lovers need such as prescription goggles (finally, I don’t have to wear contacts under goggles when I swim) or visits to the chiropractor or physiotherapist. Even when I’m in prime condition, I always make an effort to see my physio on a regular basis and any help towards that would be well received. Of course, your level of cover depends on which of the 4 plans you choose from but this specific focus on sports makes Simply Health an attractive option.
For now, I’m going to wait until after my #BigFatItalianWedding so I can research properly before making a decision but I have to say, Simply Health has opened my eyes to cover that’s definitely worth considering.
Thank you to Simply Health for inviting me along to the #TrainAndRecover event and for 1Rebel for hosting.