“We can’t all live in nature but that doesn’t mean we can’t all live naturally.”
Screens and cubicles. Shoes and chairs. Fluorescent lights and air conditioned offices. Processed foods. Netflix and chill.
Disconnecting us from our essential human nature, modern living isn’t making us happier. Ironically, it’s driving an existential crisis of unprecedented proportions — rendering us more sick, immobile, lonely, depressed, and unfulfilled than ever.
It’s time to stop. It’s time we reconnect with that which is most essential.
Nature. Movement. Community. Love.
To do that, we must adopt a more naturalistic approach to lifestyle.
This week’s guest calls it rewilding.
Meet Tony Riddle – a natural lifestyle coach and barefoot running enthusiast who has devoted his life to studying what makes us human and how to live naturally in the modern world. Through the adoption of simple practices — many of which defined humanity for millennia — he aids people in living healthier and more connected lives by changing our relationship to ourselves, to others and our personal environments.
Putting his life philosophy into action, Tony is attempting to run the entire length of Great Britain, barefoot. Beginning September 1 at Land’s End, he will run 900 miles — 30 miles a day for 30 consecutive days — until he reaches John O’Groats, convening with sustainability experts along the way. To learn more, join him for a segment or otherwise get involved, visit tonyriddle.com.
I was initially introduced to Tony through The Happy Pear twins. Enamored with his instructional Instagram tutorials on natural lifestyle practices, I knew he’d make for a fun and highly instructive podcast.
My day with Tony began with a running technique tutorial, followed by a trail run (which Tony did barefoot of course, to my amazement given the sharp rocky terrain), and culminated in this conversation.
This is a conversation about the importance of getting back to what works best for our bodies by deepening our natural and ancient connection to ourselves, to others and our environments. It begins with getting outdoors. But it extends from there — to movement, to food (of course), sleep, digestion, parenting, play, and even the re-configuration of our homes and workplaces.
Tony’s Tutorials: As a gesture of thanks for listening, Tony set up a special discount on his squat and running video tutorials. Visit vimeo.com/thenaturallifestylist and use the discount code: RICHROLL50. As a disclaimer, I am not an affiliate and have no financial interest. I’m just sharing information I think you will find helpful.
May Tony’s wisdom and experience leave you inspired to live more naturally and mindfully. Enjoy!
Peace + Plants,
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- Connect With Tony: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Tony’s Squat & Running Tutorial Videos: Tony Riddle on Vimeo
- Rich Roll: You’ve Been Running Wrong: Rewild Your Running
- Hip And Healthy: Worrier To Warrior – The Life-Changing Retreat You Need To Know About!
- Psychologies: Pieces of me: Finding Self Retreat at 42 Acres
- LSN Global: Tony Riddle Embraces The Wild Side Of Wellness
- The Sunday Times UK: Rewilding: Are Modern Comforts Making Us Ill?
- Mr. Porter: Stressed In The City? It’s Time To Rewild Yourself
- Red Bull: Arboreal locomotion
- The Outdoor Journal: Tony Riddle: Introducing REWILD
- The Outdoor Journal: REWILD with Tony Riddle: Part 2 – Children and Education
- We Move: Tony Riddle. Rewild your Self.
- The Irish Times: Putting my best foot forward to embrace natural running
- Mind Brilliance: 5 ways to ‘rewild’ your work so you can feel good everyday
- YouTube: How to squat with Tony Riddle | Dr Chatterjee
- YouTube: Rewilding our feet with Tony Riddle | Dr Chatterjee
- Book: Born to Run* by Christopher McDougall
Notable People Discussed:
- Julie Piatt (a.k.a SriMati): plant based chef, singer-songwriter, author, spiritual guide, yogi, mother to four and multi-podcast guest
- Dr. Zach Bush: triple board-certified physician and multiple podcast guest
- Stephen & David Flynn (a.k.a. The Happy Pear): authors, entrepreneurs, wellness activists and multiple episode podcast guests
- Tim Shieff: professional English freerunner, 2009 Barclaycard World Freerun Champ and podcast guest
- Wim Hof: meditation & cold exposure expert and podcast guest
- Dr. Gabor Maté: physician, specializes in neurology, psychiatry, psychology, treatment of addiction and podcast guest
- Brian Rose: founder & host of London Real podcast and podcast guest
- Ross Edgley: adventurer, athlete, author, first person to swim the entire circumference of Great Britain without once stepping on land and podcast guest
- Mike Posner: singer, songwriter, poet, producer and podcast guest
- Joseph Pilates: was a German of Greek descent, physical trainer, and notable for having invented and promoted the Pilates method of physical fitness
- Dr Nicholas Romanov: author, developer of the Pose Method® and world-renowned sports
Dr. Terry Wahls: ormer physician who was an assistant chief of staff at Iowa City Veterans Administration Health Care and is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa
- Peter H. Kahn Jr.: Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Human Interaction With Nature and Technological Systems (HINTS) Lab
Diego Castro: Filipino actor, morning show host, news anchor and professional Chef
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- RRP #20: Sid Garza-Hillman On Approaching The Natural
- RRP #231: “The Iceman” Wim Hof On Why Breath Is Life, Cold Is God & Feeling Is Understanding
- RRP #406: The Iceman Cometh: Wim Hof On Elevating Consciousness & Amplifying Human Potential
- RRP #431: Mike Posner On Making Art & Walking Across America
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