Fun, Fitness Activities between Fathers and Daughters

Fun for All

As a young father of a vibrant 10-year old daughter that devotes her entire heart into anything she tackles I love presenting activities that we can enjoy together while burning calories, cultivating character and teaching life lessons. Sometimes I am spot on and other times she clearly lets me know when it’s time to move on. This is why it’s important tuning in to your child’s behaviors, needs and desires.

When she is entertained and engaged you can hear the giggles, see the glowing smiles and feel the energy from her movements. On the other hand, if she is not having fun Xamari is constantly reaching for my cellphone, fidgeting or announcing that classic kid line that we all love to hear, “are we leaving now?” So the context of the message is not always what you decide to do together but more so how you do it. From my own 10-year Fit Father experience, quality time spent engaging in fun fitness activities has been the most rewarding. Here are a few of our pursuits when it is just the two of us.

Hike the Ball

It’s just a 2-man huddle so I whisper with aggression, “5 step button hook, pump fake, then run deep to the end zone and the ball will be waiting. You got that?” Xamari looks over my shoulder to see if the defense (her boy cousins) can hear the play call then leans back and shakes her head with confidence. “On 2 … Ready … Break!” We step out and run the play like we practiced it a million times but it was only the 3rd. Sports are a great bonding activity due to the daily learning curves that come along with them. With that said, my kid and I prefer football over any other sport. We practice route running, catching, play calling, defending and throwing. We can play the game with other kids or simply work alone on drills and skills. This is what we love to do and the blessing of an oval ball bringing us closer makes it that much sweeter.

Let’s Go Rock Climbing

“You did it! Now ring the bell and come down slowly,” was me yelling from the ground up to the top of the junior rock wall. I told Xamari it wasn’t hard to do while convincing her that she wasn’t going to fall the first time. After watching a few rock climbing videos we decided to try it out at an establishment for beginners. She was excited when we studied at home but as soon as we stood underneath the wall and looked up she suddenly became apprehensive. Fear wouldn’t be the right word but she definitely was assessing her risk management. Nonetheless, we conquered it after talking and working together. In Maryland there are a multitude of rock climbing facilities with some designed for experts and others that are geared towards kids. Climbing is a life saving skill which is also great for bonding because there is technique involved. So beware Dads, if your child can show you up in climbing then you aren’t using your muscles collaboratively with your brains!

We Love Ice Skating

Do you want to build a genuine connection and really find out how close you and your kids are? If so then please try something unique for the first time together. While growing up in the late 80s and early 90s roller skating and skateboarding were essentials. But for some reason I never made it to the ice rink and it shows to this day. However, Xamari really wanted to hit frozen waters and I had no reason to say no to the new adventure. The ride to the ice rink was different than other activities since we had no clue what it was like inside a real ice rink. She was still gullible at this ripe young age and full of excitement. Learning to skate, recording the moments and keeping her from harms way made for an afternoon of wonderful memories. She would fall, get up, and fall again… then get up again. It hurt a bit but now we trust each other that much more.

Let Them Shine

Last but certainly not least let them shine. Bonding and creating quality time with loved ones sometimes can be over thought. Find out what your kids enjoy and help them get better at it. Whether it’s reading books on the subject matter, watching tutorials or consulting an expert let them build self-confidence. My daughter loves to dance so Zendaya is one of her favorite entertainers. She has read her book and continues to learn about her story from more levels than just TV. Helping her grow her knowledge base on what she desires is key, but the confidence she gains from the independence you showcase welds strong bridges between parent and child.

At the end of the day get up, get out and get moving as a family unit, but ultimately ascertain that everyone has fun!

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Run Santa Monica!

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Before the anticipated unveil of the new, family oriented 2018 VW Midsize SUV in Southern California tonight I went out to run some errands (literally) around Santa Monica for 5 miles. From dropping off a heavy package 1 mile away at the post office, to picking up my vegan dinner at Veggie Grille, to taking in the excitement of the Santa Monica Pier and Muscle Beach, I had a very energetic and fitness focused afternoon. Work pays the bills but positive health habits extends life. There should never be an excuse for actively enhancing your overall health.

Apple Introduces Apple Watch Series 2 For A Healthy Life

apple-watche-series-2-watch-lifestyle-cyclingToday, Apple® introduced Apple Watch® Series 2, the next generation of the world’s most popular smartwatch. Apple Watch Series 2 is packed with incredible fitness and health capabilities including a water resistance 50 meter rating for swimming,*  and built-in GPS so users can now run without an iPhone®. Apple Watch Series 2 also features a dramatically brighter display and a powerful dual-core processor. Combined with the performance enhancements of watchOS® 3, Apple Watch Series 2 makes it even easier to access third-party apps, receive and respond to notifications and conveniently use Apple Pay®. Apple Watch Series 2 will be available in more than 25 countries beginning Friday, September 16.

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I Run to Stay Young

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I woke up before the sun’s eyes

so I can watch the sun rise,

and run 10 miles in the sun’s shine.

Galloping like a finely fed steed,

I’m fueled only by grass and seeds —

never dairy or meats.

Everyday I strengthen my frame

with endurance and fitness regimens that maintain and enhance my health.

For, it’s not science,

this is a lifestyle of nutritional wealth!

-Kimatni D. Rawlins –

Under Armour Performance Center

Welcome to the Under Armour Performance Center at Headquarters in Baltimore, MD. Executives in marketing say the goal is to make sure employees stay fit at all costs. If you are surrounded by active energy and the requisite facilities are omnipresent, then the likelihood of maintaining fitness goals will become a permanent mindset. The platform includes group classes such as spinning, a boxing studio, strength training equipment, cardio machines and an outdoor turf field overlooking the water for individual skills and drills.

The Performance Center is also open to the public and of course visiting athletes. Hopefully the next Fit Fathers “Social Workout” will take place here. Stay tuned!

Travel Fitness: Fit Fathers in Monterey for Cali Roots

Welcome to Monterey, CA for the “Cali Roots” Memorial Weekend reggae festival. But, before we headed over to the Monterey Fairgrounds the team worked out with top effort. First was a 30-minute strength training session in the Hyatt’s “Stay Fit” gym, then a 3-mile run around the 22-acre property and finished up with wind sprints in the courtyard. Plus, the crew will walk a mile to the concerts, traverse the grounds for hours and finally walk back to the hotel. This is easy work when you eat nutritious whole foods daily, drink water over sugary drinks, exercise on most days and maintain overall positive vibrations. Lead by example my people. One Love!

Kimatni Rawlins’ Health & Wellness Reboot Services

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Hello friends and family. As you can see, an extension to the Fit Fathers movement is my lifestyle reboot services to help those in need as it relates to life enhancement and ultimate wellness. The approach is 3-pronged:
 
1) fitness training 2) nutrition education 3) mindset reprogramming
 
It is imperative that we unlearn what we have learned, especially with food and eating habits. I will grocery shop with you, show you how to dissect food labels, provide unlimited consultation, suggest books and documentaries to read and view and train you at my garage gym in Silver Spring, MD, at LA Fitness or outside at tracks and parks. I also host local and national group workouts as well as abroad.
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Of course many of you know I have been doing this for the last few years but recently decided to manifest my intentions and turn the opportunity into a business model. If you are ready for positive change or simply wish to reboot to a higher elevation then I’m your man. Or you may know someone in need. Remember, eat clean, stay active and continue to energize your life.
 
One Love!

1 Up Handles Sports and Learning Programs for Kids

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Are you looking for educational basketball and other sports programs for your kids in the Maryland area? Well look no further. 1 Up Handles, Inc is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide quality academic and athletic programs for youth ages 5-18 where they feel free to hone or develop their innate abilities.

For example, they offer reading and journaling at their summer camps to keep students academically engaged over the summer break. During the school year 1 Up Handles hosts after school sports because they believe physical activity is a key ingredient to a healthy lifestyle. The sports offered include basketball, soccer, flag football and dance cheer. Their programs are designed for boys and girls ages 5-18 with the belief that through academics, sports and the fine arts participants will have fun, build friendships and learn or develop more in their perspective area of interest or interests. It is truly a win-win-win.

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In addition, their programs are affordable because they believe in supporting hard working parents that want safe, structured and fun activities for their children to be involved in. “I believe being an athlete prepares students for success by providing structure, teaching discipline, encouraging competition, building social skills and promoting a We instead of Me Attitude,” stated Kevin Thompson, Founder of 1 Up Handles.

For more information visit www.1uphandles.com.

We Run to Stay Young

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The formula is simple. Keep active, eat clean and continually energy your life. So run to stay young!

MORE’s Summer Mountain Biking Festival

 

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MORE’s Summer Festival is going all out for 2015! The day’s celebration will be chuck full of awesome activities that are fun for the whole family. With an organized poker ride, skills clinic, mini-skills competitions, on-site grill, beer, and the best mountain bike community around you can’t beat MORE’s Summer Festival! It’s MORE’s way of giving back to our thousands of dedicated members, volunteers, land managers, and supporters who work hard throughout the year maintaining and expanding the local trails.

The Summer Festival is FREE to attend but we do ask that you bring a side dish for the potluck lunch as your “entrance fee”. Some Summer Festival activities are limited on space and pre-registering for the activities of interest will help ensure you’re spot is reserved. All registration is first come, first served. [Read more…]