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 itís 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 youíre fatigued.

No matter the environment around you, a challenging move may be the best stress reliever of all.

ó Marlo Alleva, an instructor at Goldís Gym and group fitness coordinator at Fontaine-Gills YMCA, can be reached at faluvzpa@msn.