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Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy:  manual manipulation of soft body tissue (muscles, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person's health and well being.

Athlete: a person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise. . .that's you!

If you are an athlete, how often do you get massages? Once a week, month or once every 3 months? Well, I am here to tell you that you should get a massage as often as you can and add it to your fitness routine. If you workout 3-6 times a week, you need to make sure that someone is massaging those muscles once every two weeks OR at least once a month!

Massage therapy has been used by elite athletes for many years.  So much so, massage therapists are a specifically hired to be a part of their athletic staff. Even some of your favorite rock stars that live on the road, working concert to concert have their own personal massage therapist to keep their muscles in mobile and prevent future injuries while performing.

Whether you are a runner, multi-sport athlete or a rock star, getting a massage will keep you moving and performing at your best.

Benefits of Massage Therapy:

  • Relaxes the muscles
  • Provides a better range of motion
  • Relaxes clenched muscles
  • Helps to prevent future injuries
  • Reduces the intensity of DOMS-Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
  • Increase the number of white blood cells that help fight off infection
  • Decreases the "stress hormone", cortisol
  • Increases the balance of your body

Massage therapy should be a part of your regular fitness routine.  I would suggest booking an appointment after one of your harder workouts or big event (marathon, 5K or athletic competition). If you can afford a massage every week or two, that is fantastic! I highly recommend that you get a massage 2-4 times a month.  It's a great way to get your body moving in it's full range of motion and familiarize yourself with what your body can/can not do! 

Please note if you have chronic back pain or imbalances in your body, seek professional help first.  Talk to your doctor, physical therapist or personal trainer.  They can direct you to a massage therapist that can work for you!

Nic's "Fitness Favorites" this Holiday Season

  • Measures your food right on the plate
  • Fits most dinner plates
  • Cavities are labeled vegetable or fruit, starch and protein
  • Each cavity is one cup at the top with one -half cup line inside
  • Protein portion is equal to the size of the deck of cards
  • Retails for around $8 (sale price)

 

Ok, this little number is fabulous because it requires NO THINKING! You cook the right food, you put this on your plate and fill each area accordingly. No measuring. This is also a great way to show your kids what's acceptable during each meal and what is just too much. Start the family off right with good eating habits. Great product and perfect price for a stocking stuffer.

King Athletic Foam Rollers

  • Soft Foam Roller and Carry Case
  • Multi-Level Myofascial Sports Therapy
  • Releases Toxins from Muscles
  • Ideal for Sports Therapy, Balance, Flexibility and Strength
  • Cyber Monday Week 2 for 1 Deal going on now! Click image.

Whether you are an occasionally gym rat or a parent with athletic kids...this is a perfect gift to have with you all the time. I don't know too many people who can afford a massage therapist every day or even weekly and this is a great way to keep you flexible and injury free! My family carries a foam roller everywhere!

Meal Prep Haven 3-Compartment Food Containers

  • 3 Compartments with Lids
  • Stackable-Leak Proof (7-Pack)
  • Microwave and Dishwasher Safe
  • Reusable and Affordable
  • Retails for around $13 (sale price)

These containers are perfect for those looking to prep your own meals weekly. You will get the right amount of food, save money and maintain your waistline with this amazing product. Microwave and Dishwasher friendly, purchase 2 sets now while they are on sale. Start prepping and take the first step in reaching your fitness goals. It is a lifestyle!

How to Heal Your Metabolism

  • Written by my mentor Kate Deering
  • Learn how the right foods, sleep and exercise can increase metabolism
  • Learn how age is NOT to blame
  • Ideas on finding happiness will heal your broken metabolism

I have know Kate Deering for nearly 7 years and she has always been the kind of trainer who researches, tests and challenges the old ways of fitness training, particularly when it comes to fueling your body. If you want to learn more about your metabolism, this book will educate you, provide you with the right tools and questions to present to your doctor. Kate knows nutrition and how the body works when fueled the right way. Click on the image to get your copy!

SlimClip Case

  • No more awkward armbands, bulky clip cases or bra stuffings
  • Slim, easy and versatile
  • Clip & GO!
  • Run, jump, handstand...it's clipped and ready.
  • Retails for $40.00 (sale $25)

This little number is perfection. You literally clip it on and go! It will not slip, slide or drop. You can workout, run, jump, cycle and simply move. It is so light and handsfree you forget that it's there. When the phone rings, just grab it, talk, text and then clip it back on. Perfect gift for the person who is ALWAYS on the go.

  • Move, breathe race or train. This bra fits perfect.
  • Small pocket in center front for a key or money or music
  • Breathable mesh panels to keep you cool.
  • Power mesh liners for added support
  • Retails for $40 (10% off code:SEENICRUN)

Now you know what's under my shirt! I love this bra and I really do wear it all day every day. It is extremely comfortable and I can go from computer to work to run and back without thinking about my "ta-ta's". 

SKILZ Recoil 360 Resistance Bands

  • Workout anywhere.
  • No weights required.
  • Full strength training package you can throw in a suitcase
  • 30 day guarantee and strongest resistance cable set on the market.
  • Sets retail for approximately $22

3 Things I Love about Energems

Nic's Product Review

1. Great Taste. There are so many health and wellness products that use chocolate to hide the real taste of their product. Energems tastes like little chocolate candy you would get over the counter!

2. Provides Great Energy throughout the day. I am already a pretty energetic person but I am still human. There are some days I just need a boost and Energems provided me with that boost. The serving size is 3 gems but I took 1 (on some days 2). I have a small frame and my body reacts to what I feed it. Energems kepts me energized throughout the day and into the night. ***I suggest taking the product in the morning. It does contain 133mg of caffeine and can keep you up at night.

3. Only 50 calories per full serving. I am not one to watch my calories but I do keep count from time to time, especially during training season. A full serving of Energems is only 50 calories (so that is 50 calories for 3 gems). Energems should not disrupt your diet or daily calorie count!

If you are looking something a different and tasty to get you energized, Energems is the way to go. It includes 8 grams of carbohydrates, 13mg of B6 and 170mcg of B12. As always, check with your doctor first, understand this is not a replacement supplement and follow the recommended daily use.  

Take Me to the Beach...Mizuno

MIZUNO WAVE INSPIRE 12 (product review)

This past weekend I needed to run AT LEAST 6 miles and I have to admit...with this San Diego heat wave, busy schedule and tired legs, it has been r o u g h.  Having typed that, I refuse to give up, but I have thought about it. HA!

When I am having a rough time getting the miles in, my remedy is either grab a running partner or head to the beach. This weekend, I headed to the beach! When I head to the beach, my mind is clear and I can run for miles. I love running on the roads and dirt hills in Solana Beach all the way to LaJolla. The sand (dry and wet) serves as a nice leg workout and the waves are just FrEaK'N COOL to run through! Yes, I run in the beach water with my running shoes on! You should try it. It is ONE of the best feelings in the world! I always play near the waves at the end of my run. I turn into a little kid! I run just close enough to see if the waves will catch my feet...they always do and my hot, tired feet LOVE IT!

As you know, I have been testing the new Mizuno Wave Inspire 12's for nearly 4 weeks now and when I say I am rough with my running shoes, I am not kidding. I have completed 6 longs runs, 2 trail runs, 2 beach runs, 2 fartlek runs and 1 competitive run all in my Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 shoes. I love running on different surfaces but I don't love buying 5 different pairs of shoes to do it. With the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12...2 pair will suit me just fine!

My Mizuno Wave Inspire 12's are still light, flexible and hug my skinny feet perfectly. There are no tears or loose stitching from my feet hitting or rubbing each other because of the weight of the shoe and my crooked, knock-knee legs! Within 2 weeks of wear and tear, my previous shoes start to lose a little structure and stitching not my Mizuno's, they are still in tacked.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 are ready to purchase right now! Check with your favorite running store and get them now. REMEMBER when purchasing running shoes, if you are a size 8 1/2 in a regular shoe, order a 9 or 9 1/2 in a running shoe. This allows room for your toes to wiggle and move comfortably with every step. If you are not sure, get sized by an in-store shoe tech. If you want more information on how to purchase the right shoe go to nicakins.com/run, scroll down and check out the "How to Pick the Perfect Running Shoe" chart.

Have fun! Go get yours and run forever! ...or at least for the next 6 months.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 Shoe Review

Part II

Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 shoes are still on my feet and I don't think I will ever take them off...well...let's just say I don't want to! I know it's only been a couple of weeks since I started wearing these kicks but when it comes to my running shoes...I am no angel. I am tough! Since my last post, I have done road runs, a couple of trail runs, speed workouts and an easy long distance run. Heck, I even competed in these shoes on Sunday at the Mission Bay Duathlon here in San Diego.

I really didn't think I would LOVE these shoes but after this past weekend...I am sold and would recommend this shoe to my family and friends. Let's look at the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 specs and let's see how they compare to what I am sharing with you.

Weight of the shoe: 8.9 oz.

This shoe is light and comfortable. I have a small frame but my legs are long. It's important for me not to feel the weight of my shoes while running or working out. As I get older, this is so much more important because the heavier the shoe the more it pulls on the muscles in the back of my legs. Again, wearing the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12, I did not have this issue. It was light and "springy" no matter what my workout was that day.

U4icX heel wedge and U4icX Strobel last board:

Mizuno's U4icX technology in the heel and wedge of the shoe is superb! It absorbs shock beautiful when landing and it has the perfect amount of cushion under the foot. So, when doing my dynamic warm ups before a nice long run, I can jump, increase speed or side step...my foot stays in place and doesn't feel stressed or shocked when landing.

Redesigned Blown Rubber Forefoot and Improved upper construction:

This is extremely important to me because in I have lost A LOT of toenails in previous running shoes because my toe nail would hit the stitching on the inside of the shoe and pull at the nail...especially after a long training run. In the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12, I had plenty of "toe-room" and the top of my toes were not rubbing on the construction inside. Also, my toes and feet were able to breathe and move around comfortably...not slipping.

Classic 3D Fit: 

Again, I can not stop talking about the fit of this shoe. I really feel like I have been purchasing the wrong training shoes in the past couple of years. The fit is comfortable, snug and flexible allowing me to train hard in my shoes knowing that the structure and fit will not be compromised. I do a lot of jumping in my fitness classes, a lot of climbing and speed work while running. I need a shoe that allows me to move and perform at my best. These are fantastic!

So, go to your local running store or click here "Mizuno Wave Inspire 12" and place your order now! Some of the larger, national running stores are taking pre-orders. The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 retails for about $120 and with all of it's amazing features and incredible fit, it's worth the MOOLAH! #keeprunning