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

Posted by Becky, Volunteer Mentor @becsbuddy, Feb 19, 2020

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!

@becsbuddy

@gingerw the lower the temp, the faster I walk so I can get home sooner!

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I did this today too! It was colder than I expected, so I got in a brisk 20 min walk during my lunch today, definitely moved faster due to the cold! I started my walking program last Monday with 15 minutes, on 5 days. I have really enjoyed the 15 min walking video from Leslie Sansone recommended in earlier comments. I am incorporating healthier eating with this walking program as well. I am already feeling so much better, stronger and more energetic. Thank you!

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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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Glad you are joining! This is not a marathon, there's no requirement for how fast one walks, just do the best you can. Some days when I can't walk 30 minutes at one go, I will do two 15 or 20 minutes each time. It's get moving that counts.

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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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@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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