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!

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.

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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…]

Recap Video: 2019 Fit Fathers Day Celebration

Father’s Day in the Maryland, DC and Virginia area was elevated by Fit Fathers for the 6th consecutive year with exercise, laughter, dance, music and fun. We bring dads and father figures together to demonstrate the importance of being health conscious and leading by example through positive, nutritional choices. Enjoy the video recap!

Augusto Cangahuala on Fatherhood

Fatherhood to me means living to become a better person and role model for my kids. Fatherhood also allows me show my son and daughter what true love and selflessness represents while focusing on taking care of Self. The Fit Fathers movement is a responsibility for teaching younger generations how to nourish their bodies, be mentally and emotionally aware, stay physically fit and showcase kindness to others. I love Fit Fatherhood!

Augusto Cangahuala, Father and Experience Designer

Free! 6th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration

6th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration

Sunday, June 16th 10am to 12pm

Silver Spring Civic Center, At Veterans Plaza
8525 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Register

 

Hosted By: 
Fit Fathers Founder Kimatni D. Rawlins

– Empowering dads, father figures, families and kids –

On Father’s Day join us for a “fun-for-all” group exercise and health celebration with trainers Michelangelo Bance, Tiffani Jenkins and Conscious Crusade. Enjoy dynamic boxing routines from Coach T of Hard Training Club, healthy snacks, fitness games, an interactive playground and tunes from DJ Blinks. Win over $2,500 in prizes from Sean John, JBL Audio, Turtle Wax, Vibram, Bose, Live Nation and Strider by competing in the Mr. Fit Father push-up contest and female plank challenge.

All fitness levels and ages. Special tribute to Hip Hop Fathers!

– Basketball demo from Pat The Roc and jump rope performance by the Greenbelt SITY Stars –

*Groove & Flow yoga begins at 10 am sharp so please arrive by 9:30am

Auto Fit car show featuring active lifestyle vehicles from VW, Chrysler, Mazda, Kia and Nissan!

 

** For all things Silver Spring visit www.SilverSpringDowntown.com **

A special thank you to media partner “Radio One” known on the air as:     

93.9 WKYS, The Team 980 – Redskins Radio, WOL-AM 1450,
Spirit 1340 – WYCB
, WMMJ – Majic 102.3 – 92.7 and  Praise 104.1

 

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Stay active, eat clean and continue to energize your life!

Brought to you by Volkswagen, Meatless Monday, Mazda, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Radio-One, Mom’s Organic Market, The Washington Auto Show, Road Runner Sports, Bose, Striders, ZICO, Soul Cycle, Wegmans, JBL Audio, Kia, Hip Hop Fathers, and Vibram, the Father’s Day celebration provides dads with the tools needed to engage their families toward increased fitness, ultimate wellness and positive, nutritional habits while honoring the true meaning of fatherhood.

Fit Fathers Day also highlights the amazing work of our community partners including Men’s Health Network, WAPA, Lleft Entertainment, Kids After Hours, Powerful Beyond Measure, PanLara, Daddy’s Cool, African American Health Program, Sean John, Live Nation, Mocha Moms, Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Police, Downtown Silver Spring, Make Smart Cool, Great Kids Events, DMV Social, Vitality Health and Wellness Center and The Fit Solution.

National Ambassadors: Super Bowl Champions Jason and Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots. The McCourty twins were recognized for their work on and off the field and named Walter Payton Man of the Year. “We have seen firsthand the devastating consequences of sickle cell on family members and chose to use our platform to help families in similar situations,” said Jason.

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Fit Fathers Day Video: Lead by Example, So your Child Becomes the Example!

On Father’s Day enjoy at least one hour of energetic activities with your family and friends such as a 5K run, biking, hiking, ball games or a simple walk through the park with nature. Or join us at Fit Fathers Day if you are in the Maryland, DC or Virginia area. After Fit Fathers Day, dads should be inspired to motivate their kids with daily exercise and education to replace non-foods that destroy such as fries, cookies and soda with fruits, veggies, nuts, water and homemade smoothies. They will also be empowered to cook more meals at home and exercise more often. So join us by taking the Fit Fathers pledge and following our simple steps to leading your family towards a healthier lifestyle. Remember, stay active, eat clean and continuously energize life!