The ninth week of the Healthy Appanoose Challenges are printed below. The free program can be joined anytime throughout the year. Log in at the Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at www.centerville-ia.com to record challenges completed. At the end of Phase 1 on April 18, the 50 participants who logged in the most will be entered into a drawing for $100 in chamber gift certificates.
Day 57 — March 12 — Improve balance and increase ankle mobility with 20 ankle circles. Stand and raise your left thigh until it’s parallel to the floor. Clasp your hands under your left knee to help support your thigh. Keep your lower leg still and rotate your ankle clockwise five times, and then counter-clockwise five times. Switch legs and repeat. This challenge packs a one-two punch. It helps increase the mobility in your ankles and gives them a nice stretch. It also calls on you to balance for a moment as you isolate the rest of your leg and do the ankle circles. As we get older, our sense of balance becomes less strong, so this quick exercise can help you improve it.
Day 58 — March 13 — Share one way you helped make a difference in the life of a person or pet. Share one way you helped to make a difference in the life of a person or pet, either directly or indirectly. Perhaps you donated your time or money to an organization. Maybe you took time to help a child learn something new, nurse an animal back to health, or offer a hand to an elderly neighbor during a challenging time. However you made a difference, share it.Making a difference in the life of someone (or something) else helps you, too. It can give you a great feeling of pride, satisfaction, and accomplishment. Taking a moment to reflect on that experience can help you re-live those feelings of doing good — and may motivate you to do something else for a person, pet, or organization that could use your help.