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This Week’s Info

  • Theme: Implicit Bias
  • Mobility Focus: Global
  • Stability Goals: Time Under Tension
  • Skill work: Negatives / Eccentric Phase

WOD Programming Schedule

  • New Schedule April 11th – May 7th
    • Monday / Thursday – Strength
    • Tuesday / Friday – MetCon
    • Wednesday / Saturday – Pliability

Announcements

  • Schedule Changes
    • Yoga will sadly be discontinued as of May. Our final yoga class will be April 30th. We have loved offering this type of class for our members but due to difficulty finding instructors and low attendance, we sadly will be removing this from our list of offerings at this time.
    • The Monday 4:30pm Barre class will be changing over to a Daily WOD as of April 25th
    • We will be closed for Memorial Day
    • We want your feedback regarding scheduling, classes, instructors, and more! HERE is a short survey to help us make your membership even better! We love and appreciate you!
  • Summer Courses
    • MamaBear 
      • Mary-Katherine will be offering 2 summer sessions for our mamas! HERE is the link for more information on dates, times and registration!
    • Better Runner
      • Our Better Runner course is back! HERE is the link for additional details, dates, times and registration!
    • Athena
      • Dr. Allyson and Cassidi are bringing back Mindset’s POWERFUL and life-changing female athlete program for girls ages 12-15.
      • Click HERE to register your female athlete today!
  • NOW AVAILABLE WITH MEMBERSHIPS – Deep Self & Nutrition Coaching!
    • HERE is more information about this amazing program!
    • We now offer nutrition coaching in our membership packages! We would be honored to upgrade your membership to include these expert services.
    • Please contact Amanda (amanda@mindsetpt.com) if you are interested in upgrading your plan to include nutritional coaching!

Health Tip

Implicit bias is our topic this week for your health tip. We at Mindset believe strongly that health is a multi-layered, multi-factorial concept. Our society is most comfortable with physical health discussions, and thankfully, mental health is becoming more recognized as well. But there is more. Much more. And the more we work on our overall health as individuals, we open more opportunities for the health and growth of our communities. So let’s start the conversation.

What it is:

Thoughts and feelings are “implicit” if we are unaware of them or mistaken about their nature. We have a bias when, rather than being neutral, we have a preference for (or aversion to) a person or group of people. Thus, we use the term “implicit bias” to describe when we have attitudes towards people or associate stereotypes with them without our conscious knowledge.

Did you know:

Implicit bias is actually very common, normal, and is technically rooted in physiology. You are the combination of what you have learned. Things you learned from your own experiences. Things you learned from what you have seen. Things learned from what you have read. And things learned from what you have heard. But where did the information you absorbed come from?

Take for example: Your mother was attacked by a dog when she was young. She suffered from PTSD and had outward scars as daily reminders of the incident. As you grew up, she held you (and herself) from situations that involved dogs, as well as demonstrated physical aversion to dogs as she was still processing her own trauma. You were then raised to dislike dogs and find them dangerous without even having an interaction yourself. This can lead to your conscious and/or subconscious feeling that dogs are a risk.

We all have implicit biases and act on them constantly. Please know, having these does not make you a bad person. However, GI Joe did have a point when the show said, “Knowing is half the battle.”

So what do we do? Next week we will talk about how to move forward and educate yourself to improve this one aspect of your own health and the health of our community.

Functional Medicine Corner

We are finishing up our discussion regarding stress, cortisol and how it can affect our body over time when we don’t have a balanced nervous system response. We discussed how long-term stress can play a role in chronic health concerns such as hypertension, diabetes and cardiac concerns alone. And we have discussed some lifestyle adjustments we can consider to improve our metabolic resilience.

Certain nutrients that we put in our bodies can also help to counter the effects of increased cortisol over time. A few important ones to consider include:

  1. Omega 3 fats – These are incredibly anti-inflammatory generally and can help to support brain function as well as support the gut. These can be found in all forms of fish, as well as some presence in grass-fed and finished beef products. Walnuts, chia and flax seed can also increase omega 3 fats in the body.
  2. Complex carbohydrates – Foods such as whole grains, beans, and starchy vegetables can not only deliver fiber that helps to balance and stabilize blood sugar, but it also prompts our brain to make serotonin (a feel-good hormone for our brain).
  3. Vitamin C – This nutrient works to combat damage to the cells themselves after dealing with increased cortisol, but also supports immune function. Citrus fruits and berries have significant vitamin C, but did you know that there is also significant amounts in peppers as well as greens such as kale and parsley?
  4. Magnesium – This mineral is essential in helping to decrease cortisol directly, as well as assisting in moderating blood sugar and blood pressure. Thankfully we can get this in a number of tasty foods including nuts and seeds, leafy greens and even dark chocolate!

We’ve discussed quite a bit about our nervous system, cortisol and the effects on our overall health. Please feel free to reach out this week if you have any further questions about this topic – I’ll have a Q & A in next week’s newsletter if I have enough questions to share.Or feel free to make requests for future topics to discuss!

~ Carrie Palmer PA-C, IFMCP

Please feel free to reach out to Carrie directly with additional questions at 269-224-1659!

Member of the Month – April

Hey MINDSET family! This month’s member of the month is the AMAZING JILL WELLS!

Check her out rocking the Wonder Woman workout!

We love your energy Jill–you are strong inside and out. You can conquer the world and we are constantly inspired by you!

COVID Policy Updates

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– Your Mindset Family