Let’s Go Walking! Join me for a virtual walking support group

Posted by Becky, Volunteer Mentor @becsbuddy, Wed, Feb 19 11:59am

Many of you living with cancer or an autoimmune disease, like me, deal with daily fatigue. You know that exercise is so important to your health, but it’s so hard. There’s always an excuse: it’s too cold or hot, it’s going to rain or it’s raining, or it’s snowy and icy, or I just don’t want to. I, too, have all these excuses, but I have a new rescue dog who wants to go out and who doesn’t care about my excuses! And I’ve got traction devices for my boots.

Now I just need a walking group who will keep me accountable. People who say, ‘let’s go for a walk.’

And I thought: What about my virtual friends on MayoClinicConnect? And Mayo Clinic has an easy 12-week walking program to get us started! Here’s the link:
Get walking with this 12-week walking schedule

So let’s form a virtual walking group. We can agree to walk every day and encourage each other through Connect. We can walk outdoors, in a mall, or in the red center, or in the hallways of our apartment building.

Who’s in? Who’s going to join me? Come on, Let’s Go Walking!

@karencar

If you are still recruiting, I’m in. I have arthritis if the knee caps and a heart irregularity that causes mild angina. Doctor recommends 30 min. per day 5 or 6 days per week. I’m to slow down if I get angina. I’m already up to 20 min. per day so I will start there.

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@karencar Glad you can join us!

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Thanks for getting me up and moving! Just what I needed.

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@becsbuddy

@martft4 and @lioness. Great job!
“Walk more, think more!”

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I really didn’t want to walk today, Tired from yesterday, but with being in the virtual group I thought about it and said why shouldn’t I walk I need to Exercise To energize myself. Then I could be proud of myself and tell my support team that I did walk. They really empowered me today to walk and I feel less fatigued. Thank You all for your positive thoughts!!

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Good evening walker friends,
We're in today, rode bike for 30 minutes! Not easy for me most days as I take a beta blocker that makes me very tired all the time. I exercise 150 minutes a week to get my blood pressure down so I can cut my medicine down because of the awful side effects. As many of you have stated you do feel better with exercise.
Have a gr8 rest of the day!
KOKO
Mac

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@karencar

If you are still recruiting, I’m in. I have arthritis if the knee caps and a heart irregularity that causes mild angina. Doctor recommends 30 min. per day 5 or 6 days per week. I’m to slow down if I get angina. I’m already up to 20 min. per day so I will start there.

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That’s wonderful Karen you just seemed like you are just giving it everything you’ve got to do a good job and that is wonderful!!!

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I’d like to join, but I’m soo late. Where can I start, is there a url?

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Good morning! Hope everyone is doing good today. Day off for us on bike.
Enjoy your day!
Mac

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@ccunning

I’d like to join, but I’m soo late. Where can I start, is there a url?

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@ccunning Lace up those shoes and get moving with us! See the link in the first message here for information n the walking program that @becsbuddy is leading us on. It's never too late to get and feel healthier. It's not a contest except with ourselves.
Ginger

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Good morning indeed. I actually got a good night's sleep, a rarity. Temperature in the high 70s today with high wind warning so I'd better get going soon. Don't want to get hit by broken tree branches. Happy walking everyone, one foot in front of the other….

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@mayofeb2020

Good morning indeed. I actually got a good night's sleep, a rarity. Temperature in the high 70s today with high wind warning so I'd better get going soon. Don't want to get hit by broken tree branches. Happy walking everyone, one foot in front of the other….

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Enjoy your walk! After a very full day yesterday, I stopped after a 30 minute walk today. Beautiful warm, sunny day here in Florida.

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@becsbuddy

Let’s try March 1st as a start date! @jlw. @merpreb. @lioness. @starko. @estrada53 @1065408 Does that work for everyone? @starko has graciously invited us to walk on the beach in Hawaii and listen to the waves! Heavenly. Remember, please, keep to your on pace! Don’t try to overdo. If you can comfortably do 5 minutes, that’s good. If 30 minutes, that’s good, too. The whole idea is to just get up and walk!

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First time I've seen this, I'm in if it's not too late.

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@ccunning

I’d like to join, but I’m soo late. Where can I start, is there a url?

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@ccunning and @dar9216 Welcome! And you’re never too late. We’re sort of following this schedule by Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/walking/art-20050972 We all feel that fatigue is a major problem we have, but if we join together and motivate each other, maybe we can beat it. Glad you’ve joined us! Becky

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@judyhodgern

I really didn’t want to walk today, Tired from yesterday, but with being in the virtual group I thought about it and said why shouldn’t I walk I need to Exercise To energize myself. Then I could be proud of myself and tell my support team that I did walk. They really empowered me today to walk and I feel less fatigued. Thank You all for your positive thoughts!!

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Great job @judyhodgern ! Now, if I can only wake up enough, I’ll go out. Took the dog out earlier, but now it’s sunny and maybe 40’!

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@becsbuddy

@ccunning and @dar9216 Welcome! And you’re never too late. We’re sort of following this schedule by Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/walking/art-20050972 We all feel that fatigue is a major problem we have, but if we join together and motivate each other, maybe we can beat it. Glad you’ve joined us! Becky

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I see I'm not doing the walking right! 5 minute warm-up, brisk walking, then cool down! I walked 1 mile, had a soda, walked back. Today was so windy here, not enjoyable for walking …

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@Erinmfs

I see I'm not doing the walking right! 5 minute warm-up, brisk walking, then cool down! I walked 1 mile, had a soda, walked back. Today was so windy here, not enjoyable for walking …

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@Erinmfs But you got out and moved, that is the important thing! And there will be days coming soon that will be much more enjoyable for you to walk in, Right? Please do not be so hard on yourself.
Ginger

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