(Relaxnews) – If you’ve jumpstarted your running program this summer, Harvard biology professor Daniel Lieberman shares his basic guidelines on achieving good form and remaining injury-free in a new video posted on YouTube this week.
Lieberman, dubbed the “barefoot professor,” is a famous face to barefoot running afficionados, and he studies all things barefoot running in his Harvard lab, with works published in the journal Nature, among others.
While a proponent of jogging shoeless, Lieberman does warn that the technique may not be for everyone, especially if you suffer from stress injuries. To start, try switching your form to land on the forefoot, rather than your heel, and remain vertical when running, rather than leaning forward. And don’t rush the transition from regular running shoes to minimalist styles, he adds. Plus: if you hear your feet thumping on the ground when you run, chances are you need to adjust your running form.
Learn more about barefoot running: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JWUhW5yRdI&hd=1