Travel Fitness in Music City!

I know I know, people visiting Nashville — whether it’s business or pleasure — may not have fitness engagement at the top of their list when there are numerous Honkey Tonks to visit along with the boatload of historic sites and museums. Yet, I always say there are no excuses when it comes to treating your body like a temple!

So fortunately for locals and visitors Nashville is ripe with fitness activities such as running areas like the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge that spans the Cumberland River. Since I Always pack running shoes on business trips I popped up early and jogged from my downtown hotel to Nissan Stadium located on the east bank of the river. The roundtrip exercise was around four miles and gave me enough time to prepare for business meetings. On day two I was pleased to discover CYCLEBAR (The Gulch) which was close to where I was staying. The 7:30am class was packed and the vibe was energetic. I was feeling so refreshed afterwards. Trust me, there is no better way to start your day like an hour of cardio or HIIT.

Of course Nashville is also bustling with hip vegan restaurants so replenishing with organic vegan fuel was not a problem. Positive vibrations, happy people and various channels to release energy created a great equation for my health enhancement. I look forward to a return to Music City!

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Travel Fitness: Run London’s Hyde Park

Fit Fathers struck again, this time at London’s enchanting Hyde Park for an energetic 6-mile loop around the perimeter before flying home today. Representing as the largest of the four Royal parks, you can also take in the sites of the Italian Gardens, Kensington Gardens, Albert Memorial, Queen Victoria Statue and much more. Now we will burn off the rest of our vegan weekend feasting through another two miles of walking the Underground train system and the massive airport terminal at Heathrow. [Read more…]

Sanctity of Life: The Recipe for Aging Gracefully

My goal in life is to meet and spend quality time with as many beautiful souls as possible such as 80-year family friend George Maggot from St. Helena Island off the coast of West Africa. In London he invited me over for a home cooked veggie lunch that he prepared singlehandedly, a stroll in the garden park and life conversations to appease both our spirits. George walks a few miles daily, eats one main meal a day (mainly veggies and legumes), nibbles on fruits and nuts, maintains  a strong social life, tends to the garden a few hours a day, volunteers his time to help his neighbors and continues to travel to places like his second home in Ghana where he spent 40 years.

I do believe my soul gravitates more towards elders and wise men and women who understand my path deeper than the majority. I am humbled and grateful to be blessed with opportunities that continuously allow me to learn and experience. Thank you George!

-Kimatni D. Rawlins

 

 

Fit Fathers Fall Butternut Squash and Kale Soup

Eating clean is our daily theme. So before a 4-mile run we prepared this Fall Butternut Squash and Kale Soup and an organic Kale Salad with seasoned tofu chunks. The soup requires kale, potatoes, onions and butternut squash which you first sauté and season in a pot. Then add water and simmer until soft. Next pour the contents into your Vitamix for blending. Pour back into the pot and continue seasoning to your liking. There’s nothing like healing foods that energize!

12th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run: Downtown Annapolis

DATE: Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 (Thanksgiving Day!) at 9:00am

The Fun:

Join the Fleet Feet Sports crew as we host the 12th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K Turkey Trot . The run is a gorgeous tour of downtown Annapolis and will benefit Girls on the Run Greater Chesapeake. This event is not officially timed, but we will have a finisher’s clock at the end of the run.

Once again we will award a prize for the best turkey costume.  Are you ready to get creative?

Strollers, kids, and dogs are welcome to join in the fun!


The Course:

Our Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot will take place throughout downtown Annapolis. The run will take place on the sidewalks, but traffic will be at a minimum. The run will start and finish at Fleet Feet Annapolis’ original location at 318 6th Street in Eastport (currently Homes for America). FREE parking is available along the streets in Eastport and downtown. PLEASE plan to carpool as best you can.

You can check out the course and make yourself familiar with it here.

Port-o-potties will be available in the parking lot, along with expanded water comfort stations pre and post run. Also – Marty’s famous homemade pumpkin bread, Naval Bagels and refreshments will be provided post-run.

As in previous years, we will be separate the run into three groups for crowd control on the route.

  • 9:00am – Group 1: 8:30/min mile or faster
  • 9:03am – Group 2: 8:30/min mile – 10:00/min mile
  • 9:06am – Group 3: 10:00/min mile or slower. (Best for strollers/dogs.)

Sign up!

Registration is $35 with a t-shirt or $20 without a t-shirt. Children 12 and under are free (no t-shirt) or $15.00 with a t-shirt. T-shirts are only guaranteed to those who register online by 11:59 PM on November 4. A limited number of t-shirts will be available for $20 at packet pick-up and on the day of the run. Same day registration will be available, but lines will be very long so we highly encourage everyone to sign-up online ahead of time.

T-Shirt and Packet Pick Up:

In order to avoid long lines on the day of the run, we offer a convenient t-shirt pick up in the store November 17-21 during regular store hours. We are located at 2572 Solomon’s Island Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401 in the Annapolis Harbour Center shopping center. We highly recommend you use this option. The t-shirt line can get super crazy on Thanksgiving morning!

REGISTER HERE

Kevin Curry and Rip Esselstyn celebrate Meatless Monday in Panera Bread’s “Food Interrupted” series

Tune in to watch Kevin Curry and Rip Esselstyn show how easy it is to swap beans for beef and cook up a meatless chili for a table of hungry firemen in busy Los Angeles County. Meatless Monday is front and center in today’s “Food Interrupted” episode produced by Panera Bread to demonstrate their commitment to plant-forward and meatless meals. Kevin Curry, influencer and author of “Fit Men Cook,” hosts the series and is joined in the episode by the creator of plant-forward The Engine 2 Diet, and former fireman, Rip Esselstyn.

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Monday Mile with Your Peers

Take the first step! This Monday, organize a Monday Mile with your peers. It’s a good opportunity to exercise, meet new people, see old faces, and catch up!

Exercising in a group can improve the community’s motivation, socialization, and safety.  Walking or jogging is for all fitness levels and is one of the simplest exercises anyone can do, with potential benefits that include strengthening muscles, improving cardiovascular health, boosting the immune system, and benefiting overall mental well-being.

Beat the routine of exercise together and make the decision to be healthier. The best part – all that’s needed to walk or jog a Monday Mile is a pair of sneakers! [Read more…]

5 Reasons To Power Up With Plant-Based-Proteins

Around the world, most traditional diets are rooted in healthy plant-based meals. Just take a look at the Oldways MediterraneanAfricanAsian, and Latin American Pyramids—all of them feature fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and legumes as their foundation. Yet today, plant-forward meals can raise a common concern among diners: is it possible to get enough protein on your plate without meat? The answer is a resounding yes!

To prove it, Meatless Monday is partnering with the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. Their#PlantPowerProtein campaign shows that meatless meals are part of a healthy and balanced diet. What do we mean by “plant protein”? An abundance of beans, vegetables, nuts, and seeds fall into this category. Read on for the top five reasons to make room for them on your plate!

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The Kids Cook Monday: Cannellini Bean Veggie Meatballs

These meatless balls pair perfectly with pasta and are a fun alternative to regular meatballs. Cannellini beans and walnuts provide protein while shallots, garlic and fresh herbs pack in tons of flavor. This recipe comes to us from Maria of Hälsa Nutrition.

Serves 4-5

Cooking Tip of the Week: Keeping your hands wet will help to keep the veggie ball mixture from sticking to them. Try having a bowl of water nearby you can dip your hands into as needed! [Read more…]

The Best Advice on Diet and Cancer: Michael Greger M.D. FACLM

What the best available balance of evidence says right now about what to eat and avoid to reduce your risk of cancer.

DOCTOR’S NOTE

The level of evidence required to make decisions depends on the level of risk. If we’re talking about some new drug, for example, given the fact that medications kill more than 100,000 Americans a year (Why Prevention Is Worth a Ton of Cure) you want to be darn sure that the benefits outweigh the risks before you prescribe it (or take it!). But what level of evidence do you need to eat broccoli? Do you need randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trials? (How would you even design a placebo vegetable?) Even if all the evidence suggesting how powerful broccoli is turned out to be some crazy cruciferous conspiracy, what’s the worst that could have happened? It’s healthy anyway. That’s the beauty of safe, simple, side effect-free solutions provided by the lifestyle medicine approach. It can only help.

I’ve got tons more videos on diet and cancer. How Not to Die from Cancer may be a good place to start.

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