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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Fatherhood by Micah Khan

Fatherhood is the most rewarding and fulfilling gift one can ever have. It is also the greatest responsibility given by God.  The decisions a father makes are no longer about self but about the legacy you choose to leave for your children and family. A father is called to protect his seeds and namesake everyday while instilling  them with values and morals that will develop the potential, purpose, and destiny for their lives that will be carried from generation to generation.  The challenge is great but there is no greater joy than  unconditionally loving another being you would die for.

Off the Field with Baltimore Ravens’ Kyle Arrington

 

ARtv poignantly captured the family essence of Baltimore Ravens’ Kyle Arrington “Off the Field” alongside the Kia Sorento with Fit Fathers and Automotive Rhythms. Enjoy this “Day in the Life” feature with one of the proudest dads in the NFL.

News Channel 8: Let’s Talk Live About Fit Fathers Day

This Father’s Day there is something different and exciting for the entire family. Fit Fathers Day is a free fun-for-all fitness celebration, taking place in downtown Silver Spring, MD on Father’s Day. Today on “Let’s Talk Live”, we learned more about the event and its host organization from Kimatni Rawlins, Founder of the Fit Fathers Foundation. [Read more…]

Great Day Washington Welcomes the Fit Fathers Foundation

Thank you WUSA 9 for having Fit Fathers on Great Day Washington to discuss our 3rd Annual Fit Fathers Day Celebration in Downtown Silver Spring, MD Sunday June 19. We are highly appreciative of the opportunity. It was fun discussing health and working out with the kids on set. More event details at www.FitFathersDay.com.

Fox 5 DC Celebrates 3rd Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Event

The Fit Fathers Foundation had a great time on Fox 5 — Good Day DC — this morning with Wisdom Martin discussing the 3rd Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration Sunday June 19 in Downtown Silver Spring, MD. Come join us for a free, fun for all, family event with Baltimore Ravens’ Kyle Arrington, music artist Raheem DeVaughn and Fit Fathers Founder Kimatni Rawlins. More details at www.FitFathersDay.com.

All fitness levels and ages

Eat clean, stay active and energize your life. 

An Event to Benefit Pediatric Cancer and Promote Good Health

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Brought to you by Thule, Mazda, Toyota, Children’s Hospital Foundation, Volkswagen, Whole Foods, REI, Bose, DC Capital Striders, PCRM, Nissan, Mothers Car Care, The Washington Auto Show, Road Runner Sports and Yokohama Tires, the Father’s Day celebration has now spread beyond the Washington, D.C. area to Austin, Philadelphia, TX, Atlanta, South Jersey, Oakland, CA, Seal Beach, CA, Cincinnati, OH, North Carolina, Houston, New York City and San Diego, CA. Email InfoDesk@FitFathers.com for specific details on each Fit Fathers Day location.

Five Healthy Tactics To Celebrate Father’s Day

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Kimatni D. Rawlins, Fit Fathers

It’s no enigmatic secret that Father’s Day clearly doesn’t bring the excitement and allure in relation to the celebratory activities that mothers receive on their day of recognition. Which is fine because mothers are the foundation of human existence. Their 9-month nurturing alone holds enough weight to debate any philosopher on the comparative subject matter. Nevertheless, I would like to see additional efforts put forth on everyone’s part to strengthen the acknowledgment towards this special observance day for dads and the families they support. [Read more…]

3rd Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration

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 — Empowering dads, role models, father figures, families & children —

Sunday June 19 from 10am to 12pm

(workout begins at 10am so please arrive by 9:45am!!!)

— FREE —

Silver Spring Civic Center, At Veterans Plaza
8525 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910

On Father’s Day join us for a “Social Workout” with celebrity trainers Michelangelo Bance (Fitness Gratitude) and Tiffani Jenkins (Game Changer Development), Fit Fathers founder Kimatni D. Rawlins, the Baltimore Ravens’ Kyle Arrington and 12-year-old fitness guru Jodi Evans who will lead the youth exercise activities. Enjoy games, healthy snacks from Whole Foods, the interactive kid’s area, giveaways (REI, Yokohama, Bose, Road Runner Sports, Thule, Mothers, Washington Sports, Club, Soul Cycle, Live Nation, Modell’s) live music from DJ Blinks and the Fit Mom, Fit 50+ and Mr. Fit Father contests ($3,500 in Prizes). Additionally, come meet, greet and work out with Grammy-nominated artist Raheem DeVaughn! [Read more…]

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!

Lead By Example So Your Child Becomes The Example!

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It’s not accidental that kids start cooking fresh, healthy meals for the family on a daily basis. They watch and emulate everything their parents or peers do. If deep, fried chicken is your thing then that’s what they will reciprocate. However, it won’t give them the tools, education and resources needed to extend their lives. Salads, fruits, cruciferous green veggies and plant-based proteins is our recipe for success.

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With that, this weekend’s family visit from my mother and the crew (various nieces, nephews, sisters and cousins) was culminated by a magnificent vegan dinner prepared by my 12-year old daughter Mikaiya and 9-year old niece Mikayla (which I am proud to have named as well). Using her new vegan cookbook, the two made a whole grain penne pasta with homemade pesto sauce blended in the Vitamix using Arugula, lemon juice, avocado, basil, pine nuts, Brazil nuts, garlic and sea salt. The salad included 7 different veggies and the freshly baked scones tasted like heaven. Hopefully they stick with this passion and elevate to the next level.

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After dinner entertainment came from my youngest Kaiyana who played some of her favorites music notes from the violin. The next morning we all woke up to fresh fruit sliced and diced by the little vegan chefs. What a magnificent few days!

Kimatni D. Rawlins