Vacation Fitness in Paradise: Experience The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali

Words by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Welcome to “The Island of Gods” in the magnificent Republic of Indonesia for an immersive vacation to focus on deeper spiritual awareness and living in the presence of Mother Nature’s serenity. Located between Lombak and Java, Bali is a majestic land consisting of volcanic mountains, mesmerizing topography, stunning flora and heartwarming people. The tropical climate — commingled with deep ravines, hillside rice fields, enchanting waterfalls and delectable Balinese fare — has created an indelible imprint that will remain with me indefinitely.

The lifelong dream of visiting Bali was shared by my wife Misa so we decided to manifest our intentions and make reality come true. Deciding on accommodations, whether it’s a resort, condo or villa, is always pivotal. Since Misa is a Platinum member with SPG we zeroed in on The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali which is conveniently located 10 kilometers from the Ngurah Rai International Airport (resembles an ancient temple) and close to the capital city of Denpasar, the main gateway to the island. The luxuriant 5-star family resort is nestled on white sandy beaches with beautiful vistas of the Indian Ocean. The Westin was perfect for enhancing our constellation of wedding commemorations. [Read more…]

2016 College Park Mother’s Day 5K

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Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

It was a glorious Saturday morning in College Park, Maryland for the 3rd Annual College Park Mother’s Day 5K put on by the College Park Community Foundation (CPCF). Fresh off five straight days of rain the sun broke through and blessed us with the perfect amount of energy for the family fun run. We’re so proud of everyone for rising early and energizing their lives.

The Fit Fathers team was on deck with both experienced, first time runners and walkers to show solidarity and support of one of God’s greatest treasures. My cousin Havena Rawlins drove down from Delaware with personal trainer Jermaine to participate in her first ever 5K. It was amazing seeing her cross the finish line, and with the sweat to prove it. Yeah baby, you did it! Also, the father of my daughter’s best friend – John Bryant — was equally excited since it was his first official race although he is an avid runner. His wife Bibby and her friend also participated.

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Island Vacation Fitness

Vacation_Fitness_Fit_Fathers_Kimatni_Rawlins...13“Oh no, you don’t supposed to be exercising in the gym during island vacations,”said the beach bum heckler. “Ha, you must not know the Fit Fathers sacred life enhancement code,” we replied. Eat clean, keep active and continuously energize your life. So scat while we build muscle from fat!

Kimatni D. Rawlins, Fit Fathers

Vacation Fitness in Aruba

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As we always say, “vacations are to relax the mind, not the body.” So the first morning of an Aruban getaway we hit the pavement to run free for 4 miles through the hustle and bustle of the Dutch island’s Capital city of Oranjestad. Furthermore, each ¼-mile the team knocked out 25 push ups and 25 dips for a total of 400 each in addition to hopping over a segment featuring 200 meters of cement barriers. Ye, it felt amazing as usual. Swiftly afterwards we were able to reward ourselves with a big fat vegan grub and sunbathing on Palm Beach. Remember, “No Excuses!” is a Fit Fathers mantra.

Kimatni D. Rawlins, Fit Fathers

Haze Rouge Macrobiotic & Zen Restaurant in Kurume, Kyushu

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Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

“The true sage is concerned not with the cure of disease but with its prevention.” Often times the road least traveled is the road that leads to enlightenment and nutritional freedom. During our time in Fukuoka, Japan my wife Misa and I — who was born and raised in the region — visited the top vegan, macrobiotic restaurants including Haze Rouge which sits an hour outside of the city in the Mino Mountain Range. Applying balance to foods that heal is the core principle of the macrobiotic lifestyle. [Read more…]

Vacation Fitness

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The 3rd Annual Rawlins Family Hawaii Holiday Vacation kicked off with a bang. There is nothing more pleasing than exercising as a unit with nature. We knocked out 3 miles, 10 wind sprints, 50 push-ups and sit-ups, 25 dips and finished off with a little bit of yoga. Time to refuel with fresh organic plant foods from the island. Yep, vacation is to to relax the mind, not the body!

by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Female Friendly Fitness

 Fit_Family_Workouts_Fit_Fathers........15Fit Fathers, it’s no secret that a family that exercises together stays together. However, sometimes we get so worked up and full of testosterone that we forget about the female counterparts in our lives. Some dads may even leave the kids with the sitter in favor of a 1 to 2-hour power session. Yet, why not include your wife, girlfriend or mother for that matter in some of your exercise routines. Lead by example and show them why fitness is so crucial to your healthy lifestyle. At the end of the day you want everyone in the household running around as energetic as yourself. Correct? [Read more…]