Travel Fitness in Music City!

I know I know, people visiting Nashville — whether it’s business or pleasure — may not have fitness engagement at the top of their list when there are numerous Honkey Tonks to visit along with the boatload of historic sites and museums. Yet, I always say there are no excuses when it comes to treating your body like a temple!

So fortunately for locals and visitors Nashville is ripe with fitness activities such as running areas like the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge that spans the Cumberland River. Since I Always pack running shoes on business trips I popped up early and jogged from my downtown hotel to Nissan Stadium located on the east bank of the river. The roundtrip exercise was around four miles and gave me enough time to prepare for business meetings. On day two I was pleased to discover CYCLEBAR (The Gulch) which was close to where I was staying. The 7:30am class was packed and the vibe was energetic. I was feeling so refreshed afterwards. Trust me, there is no better way to start your day like an hour of cardio or HIIT.

Of course Nashville is also bustling with hip vegan restaurants so replenishing with organic vegan fuel was not a problem. Positive vibrations, happy people and various channels to release energy created a great equation for my health enhancement. I look forward to a return to Music City!

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Undefeated Vegan Arm Wrestler Kimatni D. Rawlins

5-0 at the Auto Show for the Vegan Pro!

The is the look of despair when you’re about to lose an arm wrestling match to a Vegan Cyborg, a Fit Father, and a member of the Eagles’ Bird Gang. I didn’t hold back at the Washington Auto Show against five challengers that were half my age of 44 or much bigger as I heckled them on plant-based health and fitness during consecutive defeats just to prove how superior veganism can be. One dude came back to try the left arm and met the same fate. Muscle endurance is key in such competitions in addition to plant consumption. I’m always open for more and ready to defend my honor if I have any challengers? Dilly Dilly!

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Vegetarian Diets Aid Fitness

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Vegetarian diets aid aerobic exercises, according to a study published in Nutrients. Researchers followed the diets of 70 participants and monitored strength and endurance patterns. Athletic performance from those who followed vegetarian diets matched or exceeded those who followed omnivorous diets despite no differences in protein intake as relative to body mass index. These data suggest vegetarian eating patterns provide sufficient cardiorespiratory and oxygen efficiency for athletic activity and may provide advantages over nonvegetarian diets.

It Was Written: Running, Eating, Thinking

IMG_0676Hello friends, family and Fit Fathers.

Well, it’s here, my first book experience. I would like to thank many of you such as Sally Eastwood, Warren Brown, Brian Armstead and a few more who kept me encouraged to write and share my passion for health, life enhancement and family strengthening. But of course it all wouldn’t have been possible without friend and publisher Martin Rowe who created the editorial opportunity. So if you are based in NY or the surrounding areas please do join Lantern Books, Fit Fathers and Vegan Pro at BookCourt (163 Court St, Brooklyn, New York 11201) Sept 24th at 6:30 pm for an evening of food and fun in celebration of the launch of Lantern’s new “Running, Eating, Thinking: A Vegan Anthology.” [Read more…]

NutritionMD: Meeting Protein Needs

IMG_1301Think only body builders need protein? Actually, both strength and endurance athletes have increased protein needs. Protein, composed of chains of molecules called amino acids, plays an important role in the building, maintenance, and repair of the tissues of the body, including muscle. Protein requirements are very individualized and depend primarily upon body size. The Recommended Dietary Allowance for the average sedentary or lightly active adult is 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight per day. For most people, this is more than enough. But some authorities believe that protein needs for athletes may range from 1.2 to 1.7 grams per kilogram of body weight per day for the highly active adult athlete. Diets should also be high in carbohydrate to ensure that protein is spared for those activities it does best: the building and repairing of muscle and other body tissues. [Read more…]

Richmond Marathon: A “Fit Fathers” First!

1 Richmond_Marathon.11.10.2012bThey say pain is nothing but weakness leaving the body. I wholeheartedly agree and believe that every weak atom in my body must have been jettisoned during a 26.2 mile journey though Richmond, Virginia on November 10, 2012 — just a day after my 39thbirthday. The marathon was a first for this “Fit Father” and a testament of my strength, will, endurance and of course stamina while operating on a Vegan diet. With December marking the one-year anniversary eating plant-based foods, I am truly amazed at how quickly my figure and performance numbers have changed positively. The mission is now complete but the war for the betterment of life through healthy habits wagers on!

The gun sounds and a group of pretty fast marathoners surge from the crowd like greyhounds chasing rabbits. It could have been simple to follow suit while burning fuel reserves within the first hour. Yet, I remained calm and collective while triggering the coaching both Nina Russin and Chris Anderson offered during a short 6-week training period. [Read more…]