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!

Experienced by Styves Exantus

 

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.

Damon Redmond on Fatherhood

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Being a father is one thing, but living the lifestyle of a Fit Father means so much more when it comes to raising energetic and healthy children. We are proud to be a part of the Fit Fathers movement which empowers dads of all nationalities and ages to take part in healthier living. Spearheaded by Kimatni Rawlins, the fatherhood platform keeps me accountable in relation to my family and I exercising and making positive choices.

Fit-Fathers-Damon-Redmond-FatherhoodI teach my children the importance of knowledge of self, honesty, building strong connections with family and close friends and living a nourishing and productive lifestyle. Life is not just about working and taking vacations. There comes a point when we have to realize what our priorities are and the impact they have on everything else important to us.

As I mature and witness my son and daughter develop and grow, it has become central to pay close attention to my eating and exercise habits so that I will be around longer to enjoy quality time with them and friends alike.

Fit Fathers is the beginning of something much greater than what it is today and I am personally excited to be a part of the journey.

Stay Active My Friends!!

Meet John Engler: From Smoker to Runner

Fit_Fathers_John_EnglerWelcome to the newfound health promoting world of John Engler, an Austin, Texas father of two who recently quit smoking and took up running after his son Jack asked for help in learning how to run. John obliged and in the process of striding with Jack they collectively learned to love the energizing fitness activity. Pretty soon up to 12 neighborhood kids and two other dads became involved for evening runs on Mondays and Wednesdays. Way to go John, and please do keep us posted on this amazing group.

Question for readers: Have you ever thought about organizing a group like this in your neighborhood? Well, as Nike would say, just do it. You just might be surprised at how many individuals will want to get out and kick it with you! Remember, stay active, eat clean and continue to energize your life!

Words by fit father Chris Anderson

James “The Beast” Wilson: Mix Martial Arts Fighter

SAMSUNG CSCBeing a part of the Fit Fathers movement is something that I take great pride in. My children see the amount of time and effort I put into training and it rubs off and inspires them. They now try to emulate the things that they have seen me do whether it’s push ups, sit ups, boxing, jogging or simply training others.

I think they see me leading by example, and in turn, they began picking it up.  Hopefully, by watching, it will benefit them firsthand as they carry it throughout their lives. It also provides them with many characteristics that some may not inherit until their teen years or later. SAMSUNG CSCMy children will be equipped with the concepts of mental toughness, consistency, discipline, accountability, and hard work. I didn’t have the luxury of a father molding me into what I am today.  When I look at my children I’m very grateful and blessed that I can be that example to teach them what I’ve always wished I had.  The great thing is, one day they will be able to pass along what they’ve learned onto their kids.  Knowing this is what makes be proud to be a “Fit Father.”

“The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible.” (Anonymous)

James’s next Pro MMA fight is Friday March 28 at Commerce Casino for BAMMA – Badbeat 12

Sean McKoy, Film Director and Producer

Sean-McKoy_Fit-Fathers_Fit-Fatherhood“Fit Fathers” is not just a phenomenal movement, but a wake up call to all men with children! Every father in this world should cherish information and resources to help better themselves physically and mentally for their children.  The resources provided by FitFathers.com, which I have had the pleasure of experiencing consistently, helped shape my entire perspective on healthy eating, daily workouts, and the various misconceptions of food in general.  Moreover, fatherhood means the world to my two daughters and I. For the betterment of society, I hope dads all over the world join the movement; a movement that will bring us closer to our children by adapting healthier lifestyles.  One love!

Juan Barnett, Automotive Writer

Fit-Fathers_Juan-BurnettI was in good shape before my son came along, but not in the same way I am now. Being a part of the “Fit Fathers” movement is not just about maintaining a slim waistline or eating the right foods, there’s a mental component that shouldn’t be neglected. My boy and I will throw back a kale shake like it’s nobody’s business, but I also make sure to take time to reflect on the well-being of my wife and I.

Once a day I mediate, stretch, breathe and relax. It’s a complete package and isn’t easy. Kids at a young age are stressful, and stress can destroy you physically and mentally. The biggest challenge and reward has come from learning to deal with this stress. My family is my motivation, but not just to look good, but also to live a higher quality life dusk to dawn – it’s mental, physical and emotional. This is what Fit Fatherhood means to me!

Marcellus “Dat Dude” Wiley: ESPN TV Analyst

Fit_Fathers_Marcellus_WileyHost of “Sportsnation” & “Max & Marcellus”

As a Fit Father, I share love and wisdom that truly strengthens the bond with my daughter.  We challenge each other in physical endeavors and with life lessons that bring us closer together while becoming teammates during the process.  She gains confidence with every goal and feels better about herself when each milestone is accomplished. A shared experience is ideal for her growth and development and being fit and healthy together affords us this opportunity.  I recommend that every dad  follows the Fit Fathers movement; it’s more than simply being active, it’s a lifelong relationship!

Twitter: @MarcellusWiley

Daddy’s Little Girl Health Challenge

DLG backBrought to you by The GrassROOTS Community Foundation, “Daddy’s Little Girl Health Challenge” is dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyle and opportunities, particularly as it relates to reducing childhood obesity. Together, GrassROOTS and Fit Fathers see dads as champions for their daughters. Therefore, this Father’s Day and throughout the year we are asking teams of dads and daughters to participate at least one health activity (e.g., walking, biking, swimming, rollerblading, or making a healthy meal together, etc) at least once a week for one hour.

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Fit Fathers Life Enhancing Message

Fit Fathers, Inc: Fit Fathers is a 501c3 tax exempt, not-for-profit corporation that educates and activates through engaging information on positive health, fitness tips and guidelines, nourishment strategies and overall wellness. Fit Fathers enlightens fathers with platforms for eating whole, nutritional foods and incorporating stimulating activity in their daily regimen, while encouraging them to lead their families to healthier lifestyle habits. Dads who exercise consistently, eat well and energize their physique can live longer and live stronger!

Mission: To provide dads with the tools needed to engage their family in fitness, positive wellness and healthy living while celebrating the true meaning of fatherhood. “Stay active, eat clean and continue to energize your life” is our life enhancing mantra.

Vision: Offer continuous education on the benefits of an overall healthy lifestyle which is key. Awareness of chronic diseases causation and the need for daily exercise is becoming more apparent as cellular degeneration strikes faster due to a S.A.D diet, lethargic attitudes and habitual work cycles over family and personal cycles.

Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 10.25.54 AMIn today’s technologically-driven society, where never-ending work demands and over-connectivity have become the “new normal,” health, nutrition, quality family interaction and exercise are being neglected. Fast food, sodas, gaming and digital communication have supplanted home-cooked meals, adventurous family vacations, reading, direct personal communication and active living. With this wave of mass digital confusion and lack of healthy living, kids, for the first time, are expected to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. [Read more…]