Our Message

Kimatni_Fit_FathersHealth, fitness, nutrition and overall wellness are priorities for the extension of life. We must eat whole foods from the earth daily to meet the required balance of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients our bodies need.It is also imperative to ingest the aforementioned ingredients in order to function appropriately, perform sustainably and effectively fight off the onset of degenerative diseases such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, osteoporosis and more. Complimentary to a heart healthy diet, it is vital for individuals and families alike to incorporate an exercise regimen in their routine schedules. Just as the human body needs food and sleep, it also requires an active lifestyle to maintain muscle mass, strengthen bones, balance blood sugar, stabilize weight, circulate blood, jump-start metabolism and much more.

It is no secret that today’s technological driven society is a bit too wired and hypnotized by data processes from work demand which inevitably leaves little time to commit to health. Fast food, sugary drinks, texting, gaming, the Internet and excessive television watching have supplanted home cooked meals, adventurous family vacations, reading, direct communication-and active living to a point where obesity and lethargy are accepted as the norm. With this wave of mass digital confusion and lack of healthy living our society is creeping on the verge of no return.

Enter Kimatni D. Rawlins, 42, a caring husband and fit father of two young, energetic girls. His entire life has revolved around sports, weight training, running, swimming, biking and of course playing outside from dusk to dawn. “Without a doubt I was the strongest kid in the neighborhood at the age of 12. My mother purchased a cement weight set that I utilized five days a week. I was the only one who could bench press all the plates. The feat made me a small time legend growing up in the treacherous streets of Camden, NJ,” exclaims Rawlins. “Back then we played basketball, football, raced our bikes, raced each other on foot and either biked or walked everywhere we needed to be. Our families didn’t have the luxuries of modern transportation. Every kid in Camden was fit!”

The road to Fit Fathers started early in Kimatni’s life, as he ate healthy when he visited his father for summers and holidays since he followed a strict vegetarian diet. Though he didn’t understand the principle then, Kimatni surely does now and thanks his father for that initial guidance. “Everything I was taught about food was all wrong so I began a personal journey to reprogram myself into proper nutrition so as to raise my girls wholesomely,” he added. Fried chicken was the staple in his household along with government provided cheeses and powdered milk, white enriched breads, sugar based drinks, and every fattening snack imaginable. “These foods were always the cheapest and were what mom could afford, not knowing they had the potential of causing heart disease and diabetes let alone colon cancer,” Kimatni added. Today he and his family are vegans since they value and respect animals and enjoy eating the original foods of the earth. In addition, Kimatni understands that the body does not discriminate on the type of protein it intakes as long as all essential amino acids are met. “I am just as strong as my meat eating days, just as fast, have increased stamina and energy and feel much more fluid on my feet,” the Fit Father states. Kimatni enjoys distance running, track work, bike riding, nature hiking, obstacle course competitions, boxing, yoga and weight training. He competes in a few races monthly including 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons and indoor track meets and logs roughly 30 miles a week on foot.

In sports, Kimatni won state titles in track and field along with his cousin Vince Rawlins who was the fastest hurdler in the nation in 1992. That year Kimatni also led his high school football team to a conference title and a spot in the Group Championship. He went on to play the running back position at N.C. State and Georgia Institute of Technology, receiving a degree in business marketing and a minor in economics. Twenty years later Kimatni still benches his collegiate max of 405 pounds and preserves his college weight of 205 pounds after losing 40 pounds when he converted to a vegan and began his path towards fit fatherhood. “The anatomy of the human body and brain is complex, but its requirements are simple, says Kimatni. “Everyday eat a few pieces of fruit, numerous servings of cruciferous veggies like spinach, broccoli and kale, choose water over soda or processed fruit drinks, replace enriched white foods (the body converts them into glucose) with whole grains like brown rice and quinoa,eliminate dairy, reduce meat or eliminate completely,exercise daily for 45 minutes or more, reduce or eliminate alcohol completely like I have, eliminate smoking completely and surround yourself around fresh vegetation and natural environments such as parks, lakes, mountains and rain forests. The average individual may think this is extreme and costly, but I would rather pay a bit more today for my health than later with triple bypass heart surgery or the requirement of eight pills a day for the rest of my life. And of course I incorporate my kids in as many activities as possible outside of their already busy schedules including swim classes, soccer, dance classes and family bike riding.”

Fit Fathers is one of a handful of new inspirational movements to help families focus on the well-being of themselves and their children. They offer fitness workouts and routines, recipes for wholesome meals,nutritional food shopping advice, childhood activity integrations for busy parents,recommendations on degenerative disease prevention, fitness friendly places to travel as a unit and of course consistent encouragement to keep you on top of your game. They are not a one off program with temporary solutions, Fit Fathers is an everlasting lifestyle. Instead of rewarding kids with popsicles and cupcakes for achievement they explain the benefits of fruits and nuts. Instead of just saying no to snacks and french fries they explain to kids the ingredients in various foods and how they negatively impact their growing bodies. And as they mature and grow older the theory of performance does not have to diminish. Fit Fathers organizes runs and adventure weekends with friends instead of hours at the bar drinking and eating wings. Save that for the college years and wake up every morning to the freshness of the sun’s rays, a bowl of oatmeal and a lively run or workout.

The journey to nutritional eating, healthy habits and systematically programmed exercise will keep us all breathing easy, running further, swimming faster, cycling longer and laughing harder. So stay active, eat well and energize your life!