Flying down Highway 71 to Shreveport, Louisiana on BIG PUSH with a message Education for Fitness & proper Nutrition for all!

by / Monday, April 18, 2011 / Published in Fitnesss 4 All 50 State Tour
To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life.

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) American Poet

The adequate amount of rest is essential for me in order for me to be able to perform at peak athletic ability. This saying is true for any top athlete trying to do the best they can do. Here is an article that really explains the how your body is effected by lack of sleep and how it perform when the appropriate amount of sleep is gained.

Rest and Recovery an Important Component to Any Fitness Routine

We live in the age of extremes. We have to be the fastest, baddest, biggest and the best at everything we do. This is America! When speaking of cars, computers and the speed at which we receive our text messages, our all or nothing attitude is a definite advantage, but it is this mind frame that has lead us to gigantic food portions, exponentially rising obesity related healthcare costs and the first generation of children with a shorter life expectancy than their parents. We certainly are the biggest and baddest in terms of girth and the quality of our nutrition, that’s for sure.

It works the other way, too. We want instant gratification, instant results and immediate weight loss when adopting a fitness routine. In the age of the Biggest Loser, where contestants work out 8+ hours a day, every day, and see double digit weight loss, it’s easy to get caught up in the idea that more is better. Unfortunately, our bodies don’t work that way.

Our bodies don’t respond well to extremes. If you eat too much food, you gain weight. However, if you eat too few calories, your body shuts down and your weight loss screeches to a halt. The same goes with exercise: you have to find a happy medium to coax your body to change.

This may come as a shock, but your workouts are not when you become stronger- when you rest is when you become stronger. When you lift weights, you are causing little tears in your muscle fibers. You are injuring yourself. When you rest those muscles, the fibers begin to heal themselves, and grow back together stronger and bigger than they were before. Thus, you are able to lift more weight and your muscles become bigger. If you don’t allow those muscles adequate rest, however, the fibers will never heal and continually weaken and rip, never giving you the results you are looking for, until eventually you injure yourself with a pull or tear.

Each muscle needs 48 hours to heal after a workout. Anything less than that is setting yourself up for injury. Now, this doesn’t mean you can only work out every other day. You can safely workout every day of the week if you want, with a little bit of planning. Each muscle group needs 48 hours to rest and heal, so you can alternate muscle groups each day. The easiest split is upper body one day, lower body the next, but you can split up your body in any way you choose.

Rest is just as important for your progress as the time you spend in the gym. In addition to giving your muscles a break, make sure you eat enough protein and drink enough water to facilitate muscle growth.

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Kevin’s Personal Journal

6:00 a.m. CST – We finished packing up the trailer and got ready to leave for Houston, where I stopped pushing yesterday. Before I could start pushing for the day, we first had to return to Mayor Shipp’s office to pick up the proclamation we missed yesterday.

Texarkana proclamation - names it Kevin Saunders Day for his efforts to improve education for Fitness & Nutrition from Mayor

9:30 a.m. CST – We returned to Mayor Shipp’s office and picked up the proclamation from Texarkana that was already framed for me. Thanks Mayor! It was our privilege to serve our country and our community to help make available education to help people of all ages make better choices for Fitness activities and what they eat. This way they can get fit a whatever age they may be by making the best choices possible for to enable them to get balanced nutritional meals and healthy snacks in the right portion sizes. Doing that along with some activities every day before they know it they’ll look in their mirror an say; “Wow were did this great person come from? Who looks better has more energy and is always ready to go!” That’s what happens when you get the proper education so you know all the specifics about what kinds of food to eat and when depending on your level and kinds of activities. I always say: ‘Education was and continues to be the basis for all my achievements in life.” After the terrible accident that through me over a 2 story building and over 300 feet through the air landing on a concrete parking lot. My body broken over at my chest like you bend at the waist. Spending almost a year in the hospital getting completely out of shape as I mentioned it was my Rugy friends from Corpus Christi, TX and getting educated on what it takes to be a great wheelchair athlete, education on proper nutrition learning what to eat and fitness activities learning what kind of training regimen I could use that would help me to make to the top as a wheelchair athlete. I stay educated for my training, resting, what I ate, when and how much and what kinds of foods were best and I kept pushing my body chaning workouts so I continued to get faster and faster.    Click on the link to see Kevin Saunders World Champion Paralympian so that no matter who you are you can reach dreams you would have Never thought possible:  

 You accomplish by pushing hard and once you’re in great shape, you work out on one plan for a while, then when that start to get easier you change to another one that’s more challenging and so on and so on until your the best in America and then, the World. It’s tough because when you are training so hard and so disciplined about how you work out and what you eat,  it very hard you’re always hurting during workouts and sore after them.

Kevin speaking with Tony Robbins at his NLP Certification in Hawaii. Kevin loves working with Tony as he always gives it his all and has a deep seeded passion to help others Awaken the Giant Within and transcend their current limitations!

Like my friend Antony Robbins says; “That’s how we grow and push past our current limitations by stretching out of our comfort zone and reaching goals we may have never dreams possible because we pushed ourselves out of our comfort zones. Start saying; Yes I Can like my friend Tony Robbins – Entrepreneur, Author & Peak Performance Strategist  – World Authority on Leadership Psychology – Peace Negotiator & Humanitarian – Strategic Advisor to World Leaders – Successful Entrepreneur & Honored Business Strategist – Philanthropist – Award-Winning Speaker – Internationally Best-Selling Author – Mass Media Veteran – Authority on Peak Performance – Innovator in Psychology and Intervention – Family Man. Here is a link to read more about Antony Robbins incredible achievements:

Tony Robbins lays out his plans for Glendora High School already speaking & planning like a man well beyond his years in 1978.

Tony went to High School in Glendora High School with another friend of mine Dawn -Evans- Thomas now a resident in Downs, Kansas. She knew Anthony Robbins as they were both graduates back in high school class of 1978. I have a small picture of Tony Robbins as a Senior in the Glendora High 1978 year book. As I will show you later Tony was small but already thinking BIG! With great ideas on how to improve things in his school, no wonder he was elected Student Council President. Dawn “Evans” Thomas has a son Miles who is a junior at Lakeside High School in Downs, Kansas and Miles is becoming a champion as well. He was a running back and linebacker on a great football team this year who only had 2 losses and lost to the team that almost won state, He also played on the boys basketball team at Lakeside High in Downs, Kansas who finished 19 -2 with their 2nd loss coming in the substate championship game.

They lead the openent for 3 straight quarters and lost by only 2 points between them and the state boys basketball tournament, Miles also won the state in Kansas power lifting contest with a total of 1035 lbs. on total lifts. Which also tied the all-time state recore for that weight class. Miles also went out to California for a football camp and won the bench press competition for running backs for 19 coninous reps with 185 lbs. Way to go Miles! To champions by way of Glendora High and the class of 1978.

Miles Thomas at his recent high school prom as a Junior at Lakeside High April 2011

10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CST – I pushed on into Shreveport from Houston on Highway 71 one of the toughest pieces of road I had tackled up to now on the BIG PUSH across America. I say that because more 18 wheelers passed me or came at me.  I saw one or more every couple of minutes, in fact one 18 wheeler was passing a me and a car near me another semi was coming the other way and the person in the car decided to turn without signaling. He about ended up with an 18 wheelchair on his lap coming through his side door.

It must have been his lucky day as the 18 wheeler passing hit his big horn and laid on the air brakes he left long black skid marks on the pavement but managed to miss the absent minded driver by inches. I don’t think the person in the car ever knew how close they came to a life and death situation.

Kevin cruises into Louisiana towards Shreveport, Louisiana The toughest strech of highway he was yet to see!

So I was staying closer to the shoulder on Highway 71 and moving as fast as possible to get to Shreveport, Louisiana.

Shreveport Louisiana with semi's flying by as he tries to stay far to the right side

A picture with the 18 wheelers coming flying by and a car in front.

After the near miss of the 18 wheeler hitting the car Kevin says on the shoulder area and pushes hard as another 18 wheeler passes him on Hwy 71

2:00 p.m. CST – I made it to the outskirts of Shreveport and was really glad to be off that high 18 wheeler trafficked road. As I pushed into the city limits I received by received a police escort made up of motorcycle officers and police cars and police officers on their feet clearing the way

Kevin with police escort into Shreveport Louisiana hitting speeds of 30 mph downhill

I couldn’t help but tell them I sure could have used your guys support on Highway 71 on the way down here. They took me through the city to our sponsor hotel, Sam’s Town Hotel/Casino, where we will be staying for the next two days. Sam’s Town offered to sponsor us while we were in Shreveport.

Kevin at Sam's Town his sponsor hotel for Shreveport, LA

I just wanted to thank them. If you are ever in Shreveport, I recommend staying at Sam’s Town. It is an excellent hotel and everyone there is extremely nice and the most comfortable beds I’ve ever slept in.

BIG PUSH wheelchair athlete promotes education for proper fitness & nutrition awareness

When we I was pushing there were three television networks and a newspaper – The Times – which cover Shreveport – Bossier city – ARA – LA – TEX area.

Louisiana and is greeted by the local media on the BIG PUSH across US interview they said would show up later that night

They had came out to see me push into the hotel a few aired my story on the evening news like the attached video clip.

7:30 p.m. CST –I worked extra hard on getting the blog written and editing the pictures for today and getting captions on them and  getting them uploaded. I went to bed very early because I was extremely exhausted from pushing in the extreme heat and extremely dangerous conditions today.

Keep Going for the GOLD! Never Give Up!
Kevin Saunders, motivational speaker
Kevin Saunders

Kevin Saunders is a World Champion Paralympian, motivational speaker, athlete (with multiple gold medals) and author. Kevin Saunders was the first person with a disability appointed to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness Sports (only 20 people are selected for this nationwide) by the President of the United States. Kevin Saunders was first chosen to be appointed to the prestigious Council by President George H.W. Bush and was the only person reappointed by to this Council by President Bill Clinton and he was reappointed again by President George W. Bush as a constituent expert to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports. Learn more about Kevin’s story and accomplishments.