It’s the peak of running season and all you want to do is hit the pavement, but of course, you’re plagued with an unexpected injury. No matter the variety of injury, recovering takes time and patience. If you’re struggling to get over an injury, here are a few tips to put you in the right direction: 1. Force yourself to rest. Running can be addictive. For those that can’t survive without a good run each and every morning, it can be hard to give your body a rest. But injuries are known to creep up on those that don’t respect the need to rest. If you do a hard run or a long run one day, walk or slowly jog a few miles the next. And take at least one day off per week. If you’re injured, give your body a break for a week and then gradually get back to your workout. 2. Take a yoga class. Tight muscles can lead to big time injuries from hamstrings to calves. If your tight muscles are causing your injuries, take a stretching-based yoga class at least once a week. Try and intervene before the problem gets too intense. 3. Pamper your feet with a healing cream. If you suffer from sore feet, heel pain, planter fasciitis, shin splints, achilles tendonitis, or other injuries, consider a soothing foot cream like Zax’s Original Heelspur Cream. It naturally soothes painful conditions using ingredients like arnica, ginger, and devil’s claw to relieve foot pain often associated with running. 4. Warm up. Warming up is so crucial to getting over injuries. Walk before you run and even include some lunges to get your body going. From there, you can judge how you’re feeling and if you’re ready to get back to your normal running routine. Most importantly, listen to your body. Be sure to see your doctor if you even have the slightest suspicion that your injury may be more serious than just aches and pains. Sara Novak is a Natural Health Care Expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak.