Today’s Workout: Combo move will give you a complete workout

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Marlo Alleva demonstrates a push-up, downward-facing-dog combination move. [SCOTT WHEELER/THE LEDGER]

When it comes to fitness, there should never be a dull moment. And if there is, switch it up.

We all have reasons to keep fitness in our lives, but ultimately it’s to stay healthy and live our best life.

Every so often, throw in a challenging move, something to compete with your workout partner or just a personal challenge.

Today is one of those exercises. Our move is a push-up, downward-facing-dog, toe-tap combo. The push-up will be working your chest, shoulders and arms. The downward-facing dog will stretch your backside, and the toe tapping will target your core and balance.

Begin this move on the floor in a push-up position, hands positioned outside the chest, keep your neck neutral, core engaged, and your legs extended out straight, with the weight on your toes.

Start this movement by bending in the elbows, lowering your chest toward the floor, keeping control of the move so you can push yourself back up.

On the push-up, lift your rear end up and back. Extend your arms and legs straight, bending at the waist, with your hips being the highest point, balancing on your hands and feet. Continue into your toe taps by lifting your left hand off the floor and reaching for your right foot. Return the left hand to the starting point, and repeat on the opposite side.

At this point, drop your hips back to the push-up position, to repeat the series of movements again.

Continue for a determined amount of reps, shooting for at least 10 times, or build up to that. Take a short break and get back at it.

This is a great total body move to do when you are pressed for time and need to target everything. And of course, a perfect challenge-your-buddies kind of exercise.

— Marlo Alleva, an instructor at Gold’s Gym and group fitness coordinator at Fontaine-Gills YMCA, in Lakeland, Florida, can be reached at