Gentle Running and Living

by Dr Patrick Salmon, PharmD, PhD

Member of the Barefoot Runners Society

Founding Member of the Tarahumara Spirit   

Be gentle

to yourself

and others!

“Life is hard enough to add extra suffering to it”. We propose here a way to build a stronger, healthier and happier self through gentle running. Then, this “ascetic hedonism” can be translated into several aspects of life, to humbly contribute to a better world.

Besides Gentle Running, you have Gentle Living…

Check the links, they are in constant evolution

Gentle Lyfestyle

When you expect from others, you are bound to disappointment. Whereas when you give, there is no way to be disappointed. It may sound selfish but the surest way to be solidly happy is Altruism. Also, it fits with our evolution history as humans have evolved as cooperative animals. Here are some suggestions to help others. Click here.

Using every day more resources when you live in a finite world is abysmally stupid. A 5-year old child can come to this conclusion. Yet, this is how most of us function nowadays. It is never to late to re-think our lifestyle. And even the tiniest change in your daily routine can help. Here are some suggestions.

Helping Others - Sparing the Planet

Yoga and Qi Gong basically work on the same principle: Balancing the vital energy (Qi or Chi for Chinese, or Prana for Indians) between the body and the mind. People use to say that Qi Gong is more for boys and Yoga for girls. I prefer Yoga and my wife Qi Gong. So I think either it does matter or it is more related to your inner gender. Plus Yoga is a wonderful stretching complement to running.

Meditation has recently been shown (by Western hard science) to produce brutal changes in the way your brain works and how it can be physically modified. Basically, you can train for Happiness. That is good news in a world full of not-so-happy events. And it is as easy to practice as brushing your teeth. Also, I have made a page to gather all other exercises that can be helpful. Such as Pilates as well as other specific workouts.

Yoga - Qi Gong - Meditation - Pilates - Gym

Cooking is a wonderful way of giving and sharing. Mixing traditional recipes with recent nutritional facts, I enjoy using this act of love to maximize pleasure, health and gentleness to Earth.

Eating is the first pleasure of all animals, especially humans. How and what we eat has a direct effect on our physical and mental health, and it’s your fuel for running.

Hard science has recently shown that intermittent fasting is a powerful means to increase the efficacy and decrease the adverse effects of anti-cancer treatments. It is also a powerful means to boost your stem cells and thus get younger. And it is the best way to get a healthy metabolism and re-discover the amazing resources and adaptability of your body as well as the sacredness of food.

Cooking - Eating - Fasting

We now know that even though humans evolved as meat eaters, we do not need animal meat to survive and thrive.

Animal meat, and beef in particular, used to feed humans and their pets, is a catastrophe for the planet. The same amount of protein coming from cattle uses 20 times more planet resources than if it comes from plant.

Plus, the green-house gases emitted is also more than 20 times more when food comes from cattle than when it comes from plant.

It is thus a triple choice to go VEGAN: Health, ethics towards animals, sustainability and planet sparing. And if you cannot go 100% VEGAN, try and cut on meat.

Spare your Health and the Planet - Go VEGAN

10 fruits and veggies that should be in your diet

3 green smoothies to boost your energy

Have a look behind the milk and beef industry

Have a look behind

the egg industry

If you want energy bars with low glycemic index.

That is the new trend, validated by recent scientific studies.

GU and Cliff Bar are totally old school and may turn you into a sugar-addict and even a diabetic athlete.