Fatherhood, Balance & Healthy Living: An Interview with Rickie Ali

Father’s Day is today and we thought it would be great to talk with one of our near and dear about fatherhood, its relation to fitness, balance and healthy living. We didn’t have to look too far to find the best candidate for the interview. Reporting from Shula’s Athletic Club, Personal Trainer and a great father himself, Rickie Ali. Read on to see what he had to say…

Rickie, please share your thoughts about healthy living.

Optimal wellness and fitness are about being sound in mind, body and spirit. In order to do this, we have to balance the spiritual, mental and physical aspects of life that include effectively being able to exhibit our living abilities (balance, flexibility, coordination, endurance, strength, power, speed, quickness and agility). Being mentally alert, exhibiting leadership, handling stress, being inquisitive, emotional, positive, social, forging meaningful relationships with other people and growth are all important components of a healthy life.

Very interesting, Rickie. Seems like you have given this some serious thought. How does one accomplish success in all of the areas you mentioned? That seems to be quite a task…

This is accomplished through learning about what it takes individually to live a healthy life, then comparing the evaluation to what we do. Only then we can determine what areas require attention. However, we must never neglect any one area since too much attention to one may lead to neglect in others. And the goal is balance – to formulate a plan to gradually improve ALL aspects of a healthy life through the journey that is our life. The next question: who is going to teach and help our children along their journey? Who is going to be their role model, mentor and teacher?

Excellent question! Please continue.

For me, the word father is a very special and important word because it means so many things and carries so much responsibility. Father means taking responsibility for your family’s journey through life. It means being a role model, teacher, parent, provider, disciplinarian, mentor and much more.

Very inspiring! On that note, what encouraging words do you have for the young and future fathers out there?

Before or once becoming a father, one must understand all aspects of a healthy life, set out to consistently learn about oneself and the journey, as well as the areas you need to work on to achieve balance. Only then can you become the leader you need to be as a father and to grow and learn with your family as you take them through their journey to successfully achieving optimal balance.

We thank Rickie for sharing his perspective and inspirational thoughts with us! We wish you all a Happy Father’s Day and hope to see you soon at Shula’s. Members, enjoy your next workout; non-members, here is a free guest pass - your next workout is on us! Take care!