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/

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.

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

Robust, 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 dominant?

Lifeforce 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.

CALIBER Online Coaches

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CALIBER coaches design fully customized workout and nutrition programs based on their client’s goals and preferences. All training takes place via the CALIBER app, and members can reach out to their trainers anytime with the tap of a button. In addition, CALIBER coaches regularly do comprehensive progress reviews for their clients, and adjust their fitness programs to keep them on track for amazing results. CALIBER has helped thousands of men and women from all over the world achieve their fitness goals faster than they ever thought possible. [Read more…]

Heavenly Experiences at Montego Bay’s S Hotel Jamaica

Words by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Wah Gwaan! Welcome back to the land of pristine Caribbean waters, roots rock Reggae, and jerk recipes that satisfy the soul. Whether your travel is romantic, entertainment, or spiritually based, Jamaica will always provide that cerebral experience required for a heavenly getaway.

I typically jet set to the island of “natural mystic” a few times annually to release old, negative energy and inhale positive vibrations with family and friends. Plus, it’s a must that my belly maintains satiation from Rastafarian iTal or spiced vegan grub to enhance bodily function. And no matter where I venture to my spiritual leader, Robert Nesta Marley, is always by my side, such as at the S Hotel Jamaica where I settled in for a few fantastic evenings during a short excursion. [Read more…]

2020 Acura RDX SH-AWD A-Spec: Precision Crafted Performance

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

I must say, this funky 3rd generation RDX crossover is one exceptional vehicle. Not only does the luxury CUV look good, especially in bright hues like Apex Blue Pearl, but it also moves like kick returners on college championship teams, cutting through traffic swiftly and meandering through bends and curves with precision. While in my possession for a weekly review, the 2020 Acura RDX SH-AWD A-Spec was the life of the party as my kids ascertained that I was the parent handling school drop-offs and sports pickups for some of their teammates and classmates. [Read more…]

2019 MAZDA CX-9 Signature AWD: Soccer Season Official

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Fall weather is upon us, which means the start of a new sports season for my high school soccer striker and her charismatic teammates. So, of course, when I pulled up to practice in a Machine Gray Metallic 2019 MAZDA CX-9 Signature AWD, the largest vehicle on the MAZDA roster, coach Smith immediately ran over to inquire if the Japanese SUV had a 3rd row. Yes, I replied and asked if the team needed any help for the season opener. “Funny you ask,” she replied and assigned me to escort six members to the game since the school doesn’t provide the female teams with buses. Nevertheless, the bonding was priceless, and the girls were fascinated with the comfort and amenities of the CX-9. [Read more…]