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

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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This Monday, Have Family Fun with Four Easy Mini-Exercises!

Exercising together makes your whole family stronger! There are many quick and easy exercises everyone can do to stay fit together. This Monday, we’ll give you a few to start so you can continue throughout your week. It’s time to get moving with your whole crew! Not only is your exercise regimen good for you, but it may also be good for your family members. Research has found that if one person in the family starts exercising, others are more likely to join in. To ignite your Monday and accommodate all fitness levels, we’ve come up with four mini-exercise ideas for the whole family to enjoy.

Monday Mile  Do a Monday Mile! Map out a round-trip mile from your front door. All you need is a pair of sneakers! Depending on your fitness levels, you can walk or jog.

Yoga Anywhere, Anytime Try a short sequence together. Yoga builds flexibility, mobility, strength, and addresses many muscle groups. Use core yoga postures like downward dog, tree, and child’s pose. Yoga will surely bring some smiles. Do yoga in bedin a chair, or on a yoga mat!

Charity Walk Is there a cause that stands out for your family? Pick a charity and train for an upcoming run/walk event. This is a great opportunity to cheer each other on, build togetherness, and do good!

Family Repetitions Strength training is a key component of overall fitness. To accommodate all fitness levels, use soup cans or weights to get strong together. Grab the weights to work your arms, legs, and back. In the living room or backyard, have your crew do repetitions of bicep curls, lunges, and finish off with some squats. Bring it all together with a smile!

Your best fitness partners are sitting across from you every day at the dinner table! Move It Monday encourages families all over the world to kick off the week with exercise. We’d love to hear from you! Share your ideas with us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

We Travel for Enlightening Vegan Food Experiences: London

Fit Fathers Founder Kimatni Rawlins with Vegan Yes Chef Mauro in London

It’s amazing how healthy foods such as plant-based meals connect people globally with enlightenment. So we were happy to vibe with Vegan Yes Chef Mauro in London as he prepared an Italian and Korean fusion macrobiotic culinary experience. Plant foods provide life energy which spearheads positivity, creation and one love! Eat clean and stay active for life enhancement people.

 

 

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Fit Family Focused

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

As I traversed the steep, rocky trail — which seemed to continue perpetually — while gazing upward into the sky I realized that this Korean SUV was manhandling the obligatory task of reaching the top of the hill like it were a Wrangler or Rover. Has Hyundai’s best-selling SUV, now its 4th generation, truly inherited that much bravado from the prior generation? Is the automaker’s HTRAC AWD system with an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch and torque vectoring for front to rear and left to right traction really that substantive in various driving scenarios such as high-speed cornering? Well, it surely felt so as the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe anticipated wheel slippage and reacted immediately for an engaging experience which is a necessity for fit families heading toward the heart of the wilderness.

With that in mind Hyundai chose an ideal city to host the national media event for the newfangled utility. So welcome to Park City, Utah, home of the renowned Sundance Film Festival, impeccable ski resorts, active lifestyles and lovers of everything serene and beautiful. The fresh air, mountain views and scores of adventure sports such as mountain biking created the perfect env [Read more…]

AAHP Data Summit: Making Strides Towards 2030

 

The African American Health Program (AAHP) invites you to an evening of conversation as we undertake strides towards a healthier future by 2030.  Guests will present a wealth of information highlighting the disposition of black health in Montgomery County. Please join us!

Monday, September 24th  — 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Silver Spring Civic Center, Great Hall

1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD 20910

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Kings Dominion’s National Roller Coaster Day Weekend

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

My youngest daughter Kaiyana (Aya) and I love summer road trips no matter the distance. Whether we are visiting family in South Jersey or headed to Virginia Beach for the waves, the one-on-one time together is always exciting. So, to all our Fit Fathers please make sure to hit the road to escort your kids to their favorite destinations before time is up and “back to school” anxieties kick in. It’s always ideal for the creation of intimate memories. For us the target was Kings Dominion in Doswell, VA this past weekend for the roller coaster experience including the speedy Intimidator 305.

Aya and I were coming from Silver Spring, MD which is about 2 hours down 95 South. However, Kings Dominion is just 15 minutes from Richmond, VA for the lucky ones. Our ride of choice to warp us there — a Hichroma Red 2018 Kia Stinger GT2 AWD V6 loaned to Fit Fathers for such purposes — was perfect in alleviating time concerns due to quick acceleration and racer like agility. Aya kept telling me to stop acting like I was operating a roller coaster since the power from the Twin Turbo 365-horsepower V6 was so addictive. I told her not to worry because we were blessed with Brembo brakes for immediate stopping power. “Brembo” she asked?

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