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Bring Your Broccoli on the Beach
The spring season is upon us with the sun shining profusely and energetic men, women and children strengthening their hearts and burning calories incessantly. Not that I despise cold, short days, but it was a long winter on the east coast and the lack of accurate amounts of Vitamin D can be alarming.
Thankfully I continue to travel to the Sun Belt states throughout the year for my fresh dosage with the most recent trip landing us in Florida for Spring Break with the family.
Typically, road trips and vacation are when you forego positive eating habits in favor of quick and easy fixes such as fast food and parking curbside at the pool or beach snacking on processed, enriched foods, carbonated drinks or sugar-induced alcoholic beverages. Hey, I’m not judging, I used to toss back Long Island Iced Teas like they were coconut waters and ate fat pizza slices well into the AM after club hours.
Thankfully I have broken that degenerative cycle forever and now live for my health and the health of my wife and two daughters. It’s why I’m so emphatic about helping others. Statistics show that over one third of children in the United States are obese and recent studies suggest that fathers have the most influence over what children eat and what they do. Ultimately, nutritional eating, a conscious focus on overall wellness and regular exercise will keep us all breathing easy, running farther, swimming faster, cycling longer and laughing harder. Don’t you agree?
o continue the everlasting theme we prepared our own meals for the beach while relaxing in Ft. Lauderdale for the trip’s duration. Each day the goal was to jumpstart the morning by running along the waters or attending the W Hotel’s Beach Fitness Camp, then sunbath, next find pure organic foods at places like Green Leaf and lastly hit the rooftop pool or the beach for playtime. Ha, most picnic baskets consist of sodas, beer, fries, chicken wings or burgers. Well, at least where I’m from which is Camden, NJ.
However, the Jersey Shore is nothing like the Florida Coast aesthetically. Today the girls and I are known for packing broccoli, hummus, no-oil or non-buttered popcorn, water, nuts, seeds and of course berries and bananas. Sounds lame? Yet, we do not care about such perception because stellar blood work, 40-year-old abs that look a day over 21 and the ability to run marathons is our focus, and the focus we influence the rest of the population to put on their priority lists.
It’s important today, and each subsequent day that dads and male role models spearhead this call to action by taking time out to engage in physical fitness and employ healthy food choices. Continue to motivate your family with daily exercise and please replace chips, cookies and soda with fruits, water and handmade juices. Also cook more fresh meals at home and eliminate fast food entirely.
My good friend Marcellus Wiley, ESPN TV Analyst and avid Fit Father, knows the formula.
“I share love and wisdom that truly strengthens the bond with my daughter. We challenge each other physically and with life lessons that bring us closer together, while becoming teammates in the process. I recommend every dad partake in the Fit Fathers movement, because it’s more than simply being active, it’s a lifelong relationship,” he stated.
You can read the complete article from our partner, Fitfathers.
Words by Kimatni D. Rawlins