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

 

Chickpea Tacos

Please enjoy these delicious Chickpea Tacos from www.TheCheeseTrap.org. Serve with leafy greens, in a bowl, or stuffed in taco shells. Serve this mildly spicy (or not!) taco filling in taco shells with Avocado Cream, lettuce, and other fresh veggies like chopped tomatoes, jicama, or cucumber. Or serve the filling simply over rice with the toppings, or tuck all into a whole-grain tortilla. [Read more…]

Mango and Salsa Bean Salad

Fit Fathers and family, please try this Mango and Salsa Bean Salad from www.TheCheeseTrap.org.

Makes 6 cups (5 servings)

 1 to 1 1/2 cups cubed fresh mango (1 medium mango), see Note

1 cup diced red bell pepper

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

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Sesame Quinoa Salad

Fit Fathers and family please try this Sesame Quinoa Salad from www.TheCheeseTrap.org. #CheeseTrap #DairyFree

Makes scant 3 cups (2 main-dish servings)

2 cups cooled cooked quinoa

1/2 cup thawed frozen green peas or steamed sliced snow peas

1/2 cup grated carrot (standard grate, not fine) or store-bought shredded carrot

1/4 cup diced red bell pepper

1 tablespoon chopped green onion (green portion)

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Pineapple-Citrus Green Smoothie

Hello Fit Fathers and family. Please try this nutrient-packed Pineapple-Citrus Green Smoothie from www.TheCheeseTrap.org.

Makes 2 large smoothies

 2 cups (loosely packed) baby spinach (see Note)

1 1/2 cups frozen pineapple cubes or chunks

1/2 cup thickly sliced cucumber

1 large lemon or small orange, peeled

1 to 1 1/2 cups sliced overripe banana (frozen or fresh)

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2017 AAHP Community Day: Building Bridges

2017 AAHP Community Day: Building Bridges

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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.

Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Makes 6 lettuce wraps

This quick dish can be served as a snack, or a meal when adding brown rice into the filling.

  • 3 1/2 ounces dried, flavored tofu
  • 3 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups shiitake mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 pound bean sprouts
  • 1 large carrot cut into fine strips
  • 1 head lettuce
  • 1/2 lemon keep juice
  • 1 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Good Morning America’s Top Diets for 2017

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To begin I would like show my gratitude, love and respect to Good Morning America and U.S. News and World Report for featuring Fit Fathers in their 2017 Best Diets segment this morning. The timing couldn’t have been any better as millions of people are heading into the new year attempting to alter their lifestyle with changes that will lead to better health, daily exercise and mindful choices. Of course I was representing the vegan and plant-based world of nutrition and continue to advocate the life enhancing benefits of this natural path for those looking to positively alter their eating habits. So continue to eat clean, stay active and energize your life!

View the video at http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/us-news-world-reports-best-diets-44537289

Kimatni D. Rawlins, Nationally Recognized Fitness Expert

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Going Green Smoothie

Makes about 6 1-cup servings

  • 6 cups fresh baby spinach or kale
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or pineapple chunks
  • 3 cups green grapes
  • 1 1/2 bananas
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups ice

Combine all ingredients in blender. Blend for 1 to 2 minutes until everything is incorporated.

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