We're on YouTube!


Hi all! Just a quick check in from me to day to share that we have uploaded our first video to the Lean Body Lifestyles channel on YouTube! Yay! Cue the confetti and trumpets, or whatever celebration images you want to conjure up.

You can access it here.

Because our blog is about fitness, sometimes it just makes more sense to make a video than it does to write a long post. Especially when we're trying to describe an exercise or a stretch. A picture is worth a thousand words, right?

And, honestly, sometimes we just feel like chatting. So we'll probably have some video posts that are more social than instructive.

Anyway, we're aiming to do at least one or two videos each month. We'll see how it goes.

Push-ups are the focus of this first video. Some of us have a love-hate relationship with them. Push-ups are tough, but they are also a fantastic exercise. Here are the three things I love most about them.

They work many muscles at the same time. Lots of exercises incorporate more than one muscle, but push-ups? They are multi-tasking powerhouses. Done correctly, they can work your chest, biceps, triceps, back muscles, abdominal muscles, legs, glutes and shoulders. This appeals to my love for efficiency :-)

They can be modified to match your individual fitness level. That's the topic of our video, actually. By controlling how much of your body weight you are lifting up and down, you can make the exercise more or less challenging as needed.

You don't need any fancy equipment. All you need in order to do push-ups is you. No weights. No resistance bands. You can do them at home, at the gym, in your office. Anywhere, really.

Okay, on to the video.

You'll see Nikki demonstrate three variations of push-ups, in order of intensity. If you're first starting out, try the wall push-ups first. If those aren't challenging enough, move on to the bench/stairs version and so on. No matter which version of them you do, here are a few things to pay attention to form-wise.

  1. Place your hands about shoulder width apart.
  2. Keep your body in a stiff, straight line throughout the movement. The only things moving should be your arms. Keep the rest of your body stiff as a board and moving as one piece.
  3. As you bend and straighten your arms, keep them close to your torso. One of the most common push-up mistakes is flaring the elbows out to the sides instead of keeping them close to the body. More difficult, but safer and more effective.

Let us know what you think of the videos! We're taking requests, so if there are exercises you'd like to see demonstrated let us know that too.

Here's the link to the video again: Push-Ups