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Importance of eating more vegetables and ways to do it - Fitness Challenge - The Finger Balance

Welcome to Day 16 - over half way in our February Fitness Challenge.

Wheew. Hope you are finding value among these pages and healthy lifestyle tasks.

Today's challenge was to eat a vegetable at each meal; breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.

I think we all know the importance of vegetables and I find we tend to fall out of the habit sometimes of feeding our body well. Holding ourselves accountable to adding a vegetable every time we think about it, is a good habit to get into. For more information on all the benefits they bring, here's an article from Harvard T.H. Chan (School of Public Health) aptly titled Vegetables and Fruits. I use a different portion control techniques, tend to shift my appetite away from some high-inflammatory types, and look to eat a variation of color.

I will do a more in-depth blog regarding my own nutrition soon.

For today... it's simple.

Consume your veggies!!

Here's a list of the 15 Healthiest Vegetables as listed by Medical News Today and last medically reviewed on December 2020. In case you'd like some ideas for supper.

Video Instructions:

Fitness Focus: The Finger Balance Challenge

This exercise is a favorite of mine... to train balance, stability, sensory perception. The Finger Balance is a great warm-up technique to connect the mind to the body. There are lots of studies done on how much balance exercises help our everyday life (Harvard health - The Benefits of Balance Training), closing our eyes forces the brain to recognize our movement through ligaments, muscles, and joints (Advance Human Performance has a fantastic article explaining exactly this - Eyes closed Training for Strength, Performance, and Function), and connecting the mind to the body helps to re-establish missing neuro-messengers (here's an in-depth explanation from Positive Psychology - 10 Neurological Benefits of Exercise). This challenge is more specific in it's form of training, 'a confuse on purpose to train against confusion' sort of way. If that makes sense. Haha. It's difficult for all the right reasons.

Please stand by a chair or a wall to complete this fitness focus. Be mindful, take your time, and be lenient on yourself... this is meant to be difficult. Figure out where you are and continue to practice. 🙂 It does get easier.

Level 1 - Follow your finger with your eyes only.

Level 2 - Follow your finger with the full range of motion of your head.

Level 3 - Complete level 2 with your eyes closed.

Important: complete this challenge at your own discretion. There is risk involved with all physical activity or more specifically balance challenges. Practice with caution.

Well Day 16... I hope you found value.

Thank you so, so much for following along.

Any questions, message me anytime.

Once you've completed the day... comment below with your findings and progress, I'd love to support you while we challenge ourselves one day at a time. #DayOneAlways mentality with #believeagainfitness effort will create the #healthylifestyle consistency we need. Social media hashtag #februaryfitnesschallenge2021 and be sure to have FUN.

We've got this together.

🌹 Take care all and much love.


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