Coronavirus 101 from Consumer Reports

Are you looking for a central hub to answer all of your coronavirus questions and concerns? Well,  spend a good amount of time reading through all of Consumer Reports’s coronavirus articles which conglomerates research and data from the CDC, infectious disease studies, and scientific data. It’s a very simple read. Not every article is for every person, but you know Fit Fathers, we’re  junkies for knowledge.

Please visit for full details at: https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

Family Hiking for Fun and Fitness

Are you looking for safe and adventurous activities while school is out due to the Coronavirus? Well, go hiking with the kids to keep the body physically engaged and the lungs full of fresh oxygen during these challenging times. Thankfully, young vegan athlete Aya and her best friend Abby love exercising as they have put in 2 hours daily playing volleyball, basketball, soccer, and strength training in Fit Fathers private facility. Hiking is icing on the cake for the sports fanatic pair. Stay blessed and continue to eat clean to strengthen the immune system while burning daily calories.

4 Outdoor Spring Exercise Activities

Words by Holly Tomlinson

Ah, springtime. That joyous season of sunshine, rain, warmer weather, and blooming flowers. This year, it’s time to make the most of the warm temperatures and ample sunshine by taking your workout routine outdoors. Sure, you can get some serious grinding on in the gym, but if the weather’s nice, why not take advantage?

In this post, we’ll cover four of the best ways you can get outdoors this spring while still hitting those fitness milestones you promised yourself when you made your New Year’s resolution back in January. Let’s take a closer look.

Trail running

If you’re used to running on city streets, or maybe even an indoor treadmill at the gym, you may be yearning for something to change it up just a little bit. That’s where trail running comes in. It’s all the fun, heart-racing cardio of regular running, but you do it on a gorgeous nature trail! This is a great way to get in that workout while also enjoying beautiful weather, listening to the birds, and taking in the sights of all those springtime blooms. What do you need to get started? It’s pretty simple:

  • Trail running shoes are a must, as they come equipped with trail-gripping rubber lugs that you’ll need for traction on slippery terrain.
  • Running shorts are a plus, as longer shorts can get caught on your knees and impede your running.
  • It’s a good idea to bring a small backpack so you can pack in water and a snack; you don’t want to spend time in the outdoors without at least water just in case.

If running’s not your thing, don’t worry – there are more options.

Biking

Biking is one of the most fun, efficient, end eco-friendly workouts around! And the good news is that you can even combine your morning and afternoon commute with a sweet bike ride if you’re extra strapped for time. But did you know that there are a few different kinds of biking and different bikes to go with them? It’s true. These are just a few of the options:

  • Road bikes are good for speed demons who want to tear up the streets and go the distance. If you’re trying to bike over 10 miles for your workouts, you’ll definitely want to invest in a road bike.
  • Mountain bikes are made for rough and tumble trails, and come equipped with rider, grippier tires, serious shock absorbers and suspension, and a tactical build to enhance performance on rough trails.
  • Commuter bikes incorporate some of the slick speediness of road bikes with some of the endurance and shock-absorbing abilities of mountain bikes. They’re made for cross-town runs that might include a few potholes and rough curbs.

Looking for something other than cardio? Read on!

Park workouts

Did you know that lots of public parks have awesome workout equipment that you can use totally for free? It’s true! Whether you’re interested in classic calisthenics or you’re looking for an intense lifting session, it’s likely that nearby parks will have decent options. These include:

  • Pull-up bars for an intense workout that gets your biceps, triceps, shoulders, and neck muscles moving and growing.
  • Sit-up benches, so you can start working on those abs you promised the wife by Labor Day.
  • Pushup and blank benches, ideal for getting maxed-out pecs, biceps, and triceps.

Many parks also have running tracks you can use, so don’t be afraid to try that out if running on a springy and consistent surface is your thing!

Kayaking

Are you more the adventuring type? Well, we’ve got a great idea for you: kayaking. This awesome outdoor watersport is perfect for those who want a serious upper-body and ab workout while also taking in the gorgeous sights of nature, whether that’s on a lake, a river, or out in the wide-open ocean. Here are the basics you’ll need for an awesome kayaking workout:

  • A kayak – this is pretty obvious, but you might not know where to get one. They’re available for purchase at outdoor retailers, but you can also often rent them from some retailers as well as at stores near the body of water you’ll be using.
  • A helmet – don’t get caught in a rogue wave without a helmet. It’s important to protect your noggin from random debris in the water, as well as from your paddles.
  • A life jacket – even if you know how to swim, a life jacket will make survival that much easier. Don’t get caught without one!

Those are our ideas for outdoor workouts this spring! Let us know what you end up choosing to change up your routine!

COVID-19: Reflections on Family Life

Two weeks home with the kids will be exciting as I have created the Rawlins “Fit Family” Bootcamp. The plan consists of daily exercise, especially outdoors such as running and biking through trails to fill the respiratory system with fresh rejuvenating air, planting new vegetation in the yard, discovering healthy meals to cook, a family book club for learning about culture and finance from a youth perspective, the reduction of WiFi and Tik Tok (lol), and simply communing with one another so see where we all stand in our respective social environments.

Also, please make sure to keep the immune system boosted with Vitamin C fruits, spices such as Turmeric, Cinnamon, and Ginger, herbal teas, water, berries of all sorts, and fresh cruciferous veggies. Now is the perfect time to focus on positive lifestyle changes. This would be the ideal moment to slow down on smoking, alcohol, fried food, fast foods, or any other homeostatic deterrent!

One Love, as we will get through this disheartening stage. I am blessed to have experienced an amazing life with a beautiful family, adoring relatives, and friends that are akin to brothers and sisters.

2021 Kia Seltos SX Turbo AWD: Small Ball

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

The Houston Rockets are showing the basketball world that a big man in the middle is not required to compete. As long as the guards and forwards continue to drain threes and score off the dribble, then “small ball” will work in their favor. In another significant Texas town, Kia adopted the same game plan for the national press introduction of the 2021 adventure-ready Seltos, which is the polar opposite of the larger, distinguished Telluride. Being that the Korean automaker is the transportation face of the NBA, the meshing of the two philosophies works well.

Kia welcomed Fit Fathers and Automotive Rhythms to the second most populated city in the “Lone Star State” for a few days of testing, colonial culture experiences, and a bit of chilly, outdoorsy weather. San Antonio, located in south-central, was ideal for driving as it presented open and flat roads, highways, a mix of switchbacks, and rugged gravel trails to help me truly understand the dynamics of the entry-level SUV. I even performed some light off-roading in the Seltos so we now know it’s not just a pretty face. Christened after the Greek god Celtus, Kia positioned the Seltos between the energetic Soul and Sportage models. Marketing is targeting Generation Y consumers who range anywhere from 22 to 37 years old and demand connected technology as a lifestyle precept. The celestial name is pretty cool too. [Read more…]

2020 Chevy Blazer 3LT Leather AWD

Experienced by Kimatni D Rawlins

An icon has returned with a fashionable, refreshing outlook utilizing its mighty moniker and compelling reputation. I was especially devoted to the robust and resolute Blazers of the 1990s since the nostalgic hallmark left my young crew with many fond memories. Today, the latest generation of Chevy’s eminent SUV comes in the form of a crossover utility with grace and updated technologies to meet consumer’s trendy expectations.

The 2020 Chevy Blazer 3LT Leather AWD I was testing for the week rolled in the Automotive Rhythms driveway in a lively Red Hot hue outfitted with standard 18” Bright Silver Aluminum wheels and dual split exhaust tips. For more character and performance, larger 20″ Gloss Black rims are available on the AWD model, and the two-tone black body cladding, roof rails, bumper pieces, A, B, and C pillars, and the chiseled Blazer signature grille add the perfect balance of contrast and flair. The body-colored tailgate spoiler with a streak of black is an excellent design touch as well. Though, I would prefer Chevy’s tamed tones for this SUV such as grey, black, or white because a red of this illumination is characteristic of sports cars and smaller, playful vehicles like Kia Souls and MINIs. [Read more…]

2020 GMC Sierra 2500 Denali 4WD Crew Cab

GMC is on the ground floor making headways with the Sierra pickup, including the recent news of a collaboration with Harley-Davidson and Tuscany Motor to unleash a 250-model limited-edition Harley-Davidson branded GMC Sierra which is bad to the bone. Inspired by Harley’s famed Fat Boy model, expect over 65 edition-specific enhancements that make this unique, custom truck one of the toughest on the block.

Ironically, when the broadcast passed by my desk regarding H-D and GMC, I was currently testing the 2020 Sierra 2500 Denali 4WD Crew Cab with the all-powerful Duramax 6.6-liter V8 turbo diesel engine and Allison 10-speed automatic transmission. Quite naturally, I focused on heavy lifting, incorporating multiple roundtrip excursions to my local landscaping supply center for firewood and gravel loads. I also had to remove a few dead trees in the yard, which was easy work for the truck in comparison to its top-end capabilities. Additionally, my collegiate football mentees were home on winter break and needed work, so the four jumped inside the crew cab to join me and were amazed by the head and legroom in the rear. The new Sierra Heavy Duty features a longer wheelbase and a more domineering hood line in comparison to the model it replaces. [Read more…]

7th Annual Nomadic Journey: Trekking the Incan Citadel of Machu Picchu

Experienced by Kimatni D Rawlins

For my 7th Annual Nomadic Journey to enlighten the mind, body, and soul, I adventurously explored the remote citadel of Machu Picchu by way of trekking the awe-inspiring Inca Trail. Consisting of continuous miles of stone paths and thousands of original rock-strewn Incan steps carved from the Andes Mountains centuries ago, the short expedition was spiritually uplifting and full of awakening sustenance.

The Journey

 

You will fly into Jorge Chavez International Airport outside of Lima from your home destination and then take a short flight into Cusco to prepare for the adventure to Machu Picchu. In my case, United Airlines routed me on a direct Business Class flight from Newark. It is advised to enjoy Cusco for at least two days to acclimate to the altitude before hiking. But please make sure to visit Green Point while in Cusco for some of the most delicious and purest vegan food the city has to offer.

Whether you decide to engage in an extended 4-day hike to Peru’s 7th Wonder, or ride lavishly aboard the 1920s-styled carriages of the luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham train through the Sacred Valley, the enchanting experience will replenish your temple with restorative Andean wisdom and vitality. More affordable options include either IncaRail or PeruRail from San Pedro station in Cusco. I chose the 1-day Inca Trail trek with Sam Travel Peru, which required me to train it to stop 104 (common hiker’s drop-off point) for a deeper understanding of the archeological site. This option was about $400 from the experienced Peruvian tour group. My guide Miguel educated me on the history of the Incas and vicariously showcased the ways of the ancient world.  I also met some new friends from London, Marta and Nuno, who were just as adventurous.

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Escape to Maui with the Family

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Aloha! Isn’t it amazing how energizing vegan food brings smiles and delight to your day? When in Maui make sure to visit A’a Roots for some of the healthiest grub on the island. Today’s falafel wrap and mung bean/mushroom burger were on point and guilt-free. This plant-based café is one of the reasons why I travel annually to Hawaii. The natural beauty of this island is perfect for Nomadic Souls looking for pure waters, conscious living, and active life.

We settled in at the majestic Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa which is perfect for a family or business trip. In my case, the journey including both. Located on 23 idyllic oceanfront acres at the historic the Pu‘u Keka‘a on Ka‘anapali Beach, the Sheraton is perfect for nomads looking to experience family fun, adventure, and romance. Relax at the resort’s 142-yard lagoon style pool, taste fresh island cuisine, learn indigenous Hawaiian cultural activities and play at the white sandy beach. Eighty-three percent of the resort’s 508 rooms and suites feature breathtaking views of the Pacific, and sister islands Lana’i and Moloka’i. At sunset, the resort showcases its iconic cliff dive ceremony, a tradition since the resort first opened in 1963. Make lasting memories as you unwind during sunset, snorkel with tropical fish and honu (green sea turtles), learn ukulele with family or rejuvenate at The Spa at Black Rock.

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The River and The Rock

Strong, unyielding and resilient is the rock,

that lay in paths of river streams eventually forming walls of resistance,

Rapid, swift, and bending is the forceful flow of liquid current.

dipping over, around, and throughout the creative path of boulders and river rocks –

Only nomadic rhythms will deny it from being stopped.

Who is the wiser?

Which is more dominate?

Life force is created when two becomes one,

such as heat and sun!

Once united, the mind synthesizes all natural elements,

transitioning to the physical next,

then the spirit for nirvanic relevance.

Thus, the stone wins against water,

and water overpowers the rock.

As above, so below;

for, balance is your key to life.

Keep rising!

By Kimatni D. Rawlins in Machu Picchu Pueblo alongside the Vilcanota River.