This pushup will re­lieve stress

The Progress-Index Weekend - - HEALTH - By Marlo All­eva

In times like this we need to find what nor­malcy we can. Fit­ness seems to be the rem­edy for many things, stress in­cluded.

Our move today is an X push-up, and it’s a great move for any kind of stress­ful sit­u­a­tion. You will be work­ing your chest and tri­ceps, your in­ner and outer thighs, and glutes.

All you need is a flat sur­face.

Be­gin this move on the ground on all fours. Po­si­tion your hands just less than shoul­der width wide and ex­tend both legs back in a push-up po­si­tion.

For the more ad­vanced, stay on your toes and be­gin­ners should drop to their knees.

Keep­ing the core en­gaged and chest strong, be­gin to bend in your el­bows like a tri­ceps push-up. The dif­fer­ence in this ex­er­cise is the leg place­ment. As you bend in the arms, you will add a side tuck with one leg as you lower.

On the tuck you will bend in the knee, pulling your leg up to your side and then re­turn it to the start on the way back up (in the push-up).

De­pend­ing on your abil­ity, you can al­ter­nate legs with each press down or keep the move­ment on one side for a de­ter­mined count. Take a small rest, and re­peat on the other leg.

Shoot for at least two sets on each side. If you are al­ter­nat­ing legs, try for at least three sets of a de­ter­mined count or sim­ply go un­til you’re fa­tigued.

No mat­ter the en­vi­ron­ment around you, a chal­leng­ing move may be the best stress re­liever of all. Marlo All­eva, an in­struc­tor at Gold’s Gym and group fit­ness co­or­di­na­tor at Fontaine-Gills YMCA, can be reached at falu­vzpa@ msn.


Marlo All­eva demon­strates an X-push up.

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