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!

@rejugochukwu

Please which group should I join I have varicose vein?

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@rejugochukwu, Welcome to Mayo Connect. I am that you have found Connect. While I am not experiencing varicose veins, I do remember that my mother had them and for years considered getting them treated, but never did. Looking back, I sometimes wonder if she were alive today whether she would look into seeking care.

I have found a discussion in the Heart & Blood Health Group > Treatment for varicose veins. If you click on the blue text, you will be taken directly to the discussion, and you can post your question for others to see. I will look for you there. Let me know in a reply to thie post if you need help. https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/treatment-for-varicose-veins/

Are you interested in learning about varicose veins? Here is informatioin from the Mayo Clinic Patient Care and Health Information:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/varicose-veins/symptoms-causes/syc-20350643

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@lilypaws

@lioness I'm walking very short walks with my walker. I'm having less pain with my back surgery, but still have to be careful not be twist. I can bend at my pelvis. Some day I will start your virtual walking with you guys, but it may take a year. Take care my dear lioness.

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@lilypaws,@fiesty76,@lioness,@athoub,@imallears, @becsbuddy – Take a few minutes to read this.

Q – Can I continue to exercise even if I don't feel well, or should I hold off until I start to feel better?
A – Learn the answer in:Mayo Clinic Q and A: Exercise is important for body, mind
https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-qa-exercise-is-important-for-body-mind/
We are moving in the right direction, all of us!!!

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@rosemarya

@lilypaws,@fiesty76,@lioness,@athoub,@imallears, @becsbuddy – Take a few minutes to read this.

Q – Can I continue to exercise even if I don't feel well, or should I hold off until I start to feel better?
A – Learn the answer in:Mayo Clinic Q and A: Exercise is important for body, mind
https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-qa-exercise-is-important-for-body-mind/
We are moving in the right direction, all of us!!!

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woow thank you for mentioning me … really this is an important question for me ….i'll read it carefully 🌷

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@sueinmn

@funcountess Big Box plants may be "zoned" for your area, but are probably are not grown in your area unless you live in a very small part of the SE US wherenthey grow things on huge plantations. The plants may or may not be the best specific cultiver for your area. Then they are dug, put into crates and sent to potting centers, potted then crowded onto racks and trucked to local distribution centers, held there until ordered by the stores, put in another truck and sent to the store, offloaded and tended by employees who may or may have any knowledge of plant care. Along the way, the may be subjected to heat, cold, darkness, lack of water, too much water…

Local wholesale nurseries grow their own plants or get them from a nearby grower, pot them, and deliver to the local retail nursery or the customer for sale or planting. The local growers know the best and most successful cultivars for your exact area, climate, soil type and rainfall.

Which palnts do you think would be happier and more successful?
Sue

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Thanks Sue,
Never thought of that. Always thought a one gallon, is a one gallon no matter where it came from. Do you have any favorite dry fertilizers? Would love for the Indian Hawthorne to grow faster. are you familiar with the bush? They have pretty pink tiny flowers on it in the spring and summer.
How is your thumb doing? Are you healed yet?
Stay well,
Funcountess

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@lioness

@fiesty76 I am staying as safe as I can . The other problem we have is the mail. This post office here delivers the mail but refuses to deliver the boxes if they don't fit in the mailbox. So a friend here has been on them about this she even sent a email to Washington D.C. post general he did reply to here and they are bringing up all the boxes today . Good for her but she volunteered her and me to organizing them and have everyone who has boxes to come down . Vincent who is only in his 50's will let people know who have boxes . Wasn't that nice of her . lol I told her she is like a dog with a bone. You take care . I see in Fla the Mayor told the bars they cant serve alcohol guess just the food . Wonder how that will to over . Be safe

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@lioness, Hmmm, comes as no surprise to us that our friend, Linda, was "chosen" to help organize and distribute the boxes coming in the mail! You remind me of my friend, who I so often teased that she was like the little ever ready battery, that never stops while some of the rest of us have trouble starting. Smiles So glad you are doing all you can to protect and keep yourself as safe as possible.

Yes, our Tx gov. has followed the FL gov in finally wearing a mask at briefings and shutting down bars. Now the fed. gov't is withdrawing funds for Covid testing and both states are among those losing funding. Despite the rampant, daily record rise in case numbers, our states "have this virus under control"…Goodness, I've even read and heard that it will soon disappear "on its own". There are clods out there and all over the place who really seem to believe this is true!!! Give us a bloody break already.

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@imallears

@fiesty76
Hello,
Went out a little late today for a walk and just did 1.5 instead of 2.5 miles. There was haze in the sky and an occasional breeze. The haze made the sun more comfortable. Expected to be 96 in my area today and there is a heat advisory warning out from noon to 6 pm, I was actually weeding a bit in the early evening but not for long. Keeping my weights and step up on in plain sight so Ill be motivated to exercise.
@lioness
Yes, the bars are open and they can only serve drinks in To Go sealed containers. So I guess there will be people congregating in parks with their containers. Don’t know if they are limiting the number you can buy. Hope they jog home instead of driving.

All I see is FL on the news. More cities, especially the vacation areas south of me, are mandating masks. More people than not are wearing them now but I did see 2 women in Target without them last week, after the mandate went into effect in my county. You can buy masks almost anywhere now.

My adult children both here and in Orlando are getting news of friends who are sick. I have known the ones where I live for many years…all in their 50s and 60s.

When things return to normal or the new normal, I have decided to wear a mask during the flu season.
I would sincerely like to unsubscribe to my 90 day free trial of 2020.

Take deep breaths and do breathing exercises while you are walking. Keep moving and eat like your life depends on it.

FL Mary

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@imallears, Mary, I put things out in plain sight as a reminder for me to use them too. Sometimes the counters and "parking areas" stack up! vbg

TX has a "No Container Law" which prohibits leaving an establishment serving alcohol with a "to go" container. A few years ago at a celebratory luncheon, two of us poured our drinks into a "to go cup", pd our bills and were chased by the waiter asking us to stop as we were walking out. "I can lose my job and the restaurant lose its license if you carry those drinks out!" Of course, we didn't know the law but it was embarrassing.

Regret that you and family have friends now diagnosed with the virus. I fear that will become more and more common for us all as this killer continues to spread.

Your remark brought a smile: "I would sincerely like to unsubscribe to my 90 day free trial of 2020." Is membership open for others of us to join you????

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@sueinmn

@funcountess Big Box plants may be "zoned" for your area, but are probably are not grown in your area unless you live in a very small part of the SE US wherenthey grow things on huge plantations. The plants may or may not be the best specific cultiver for your area. Then they are dug, put into crates and sent to potting centers, potted then crowded onto racks and trucked to local distribution centers, held there until ordered by the stores, put in another truck and sent to the store, offloaded and tended by employees who may or may have any knowledge of plant care. Along the way, the may be subjected to heat, cold, darkness, lack of water, too much water…

Local wholesale nurseries grow their own plants or get them from a nearby grower, pot them, and deliver to the local retail nursery or the customer for sale or planting. The local growers know the best and most successful cultivars for your exact area, climate, soil type and rainfall.

Which palnts do you think would be happier and more successful?
Sue

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@sueinmn, Excellent information and explanation on the big box plants vs the local wholesale growers and nurseries. I do sometimes buy seasonal "annual fillers" for extra show from the big box sellers but spending a bit more for the locally grown and sold "keepers" pays dividends to me in the longer term. Smiles

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@rosemarya

@lilypaws,@fiesty76,@lioness,@athoub,@imallears, @becsbuddy – Take a few minutes to read this.

Q – Can I continue to exercise even if I don't feel well, or should I hold off until I start to feel better?
A – Learn the answer in:Mayo Clinic Q and A: Exercise is important for body, mind
https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-qa-exercise-is-important-for-body-mind/
We are moving in the right direction, all of us!!!

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@rosemary, Thanks for posting this informative guide, Rosemary. Really liked the "above the neck" idea because if there is no fever, it will be easy to remember. Alas, the recommended strength training is where I can fall by the wayside all too often. While digging in the yard would qualify, just bending over to plant seeds might be a stretch, right? Smiles. Thanks again for the link!

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@fiesty76

@imallears, Mary, I put things out in plain sight as a reminder for me to use them too. Sometimes the counters and "parking areas" stack up! vbg

TX has a "No Container Law" which prohibits leaving an establishment serving alcohol with a "to go" container. A few years ago at a celebratory luncheon, two of us poured our drinks into a "to go cup", pd our bills and were chased by the waiter asking us to stop as we were walking out. "I can lose my job and the restaurant lose its license if you carry those drinks out!" Of course, we didn't know the law but it was embarrassing.

Regret that you and family have friends now diagnosed with the virus. I fear that will become more and more common for us all as this killer continues to spread.

Your remark brought a smile: "I would sincerely like to unsubscribe to my 90 day free trial of 2020." Is membership open for others of us to join you????

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@fiesty76
Hi,
No walking today, Sunday, first time not out on at least 2weeks. Got up too late so anytime after 7 is just too warm. Slight haze here again . We have had no rain so the afternoons don’t cool off and the nights stay in the low 80s. I miss the late afternoon thunderstorms.

Last night I walked around my house 10 times. Will do that again today a few times….I get antsy sitting too long. Staying away from the gym for another week.

FL has an open container law…driving or walking. You can be arrested for public intoxication or just carrying a drink in public.

Very quiet in the area and have not seen the usual walkers except for those with dogs.

FL Mary

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@funcountess

Thanks Sue,
Never thought of that. Always thought a one gallon, is a one gallon no matter where it came from. Do you have any favorite dry fertilizers? Would love for the Indian Hawthorne to grow faster. are you familiar with the bush? They have pretty pink tiny flowers on it in the spring and summer.
How is your thumb doing? Are you healed yet?
Stay well,
Funcountess

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@funcountess Nature is funny – you can't rush it. At the store, your shrubs may have looked nice and healthy from the top, but if the roots were "pruned" to fit the pot or damaged by the way they were handle between field and pot, the have to establish first to get a healthy plant. In that case, too much fertilizer, trying to force top growth over root production, can actually stress the plant and make it less healthy. At most, shrubs should be fertilized twice per year with a general purpose fertilizer. I generally use a time-released one, applied according to directions, around the root zone of the plant. By the way, one of the selling points for Indian Hawthorn is that it is slow-growing, so maybe your neighbors actually plant 2, 3 or 5 gallon shrubs?
Sue

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@sueinmn

@funcountess Nature is funny – you can't rush it. At the store, your shrubs may have looked nice and healthy from the top, but if the roots were "pruned" to fit the pot or damaged by the way they were handle between field and pot, the have to establish first to get a healthy plant. In that case, too much fertilizer, trying to force top growth over root production, can actually stress the plant and make it less healthy. At most, shrubs should be fertilized twice per year with a general purpose fertilizer. I generally use a time-released one, applied according to directions, around the root zone of the plant. By the way, one of the selling points for Indian Hawthorn is that it is slow-growing, so maybe your neighbors actually plant 2, 3 or 5 gallon shrubs?
Sue

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Hello Sue,
Thanks for all the info.
At Home Depot the kid in the nursery dept. said Indian Hawthorne was a fast grower. A lot they know I guess.
My regular Gardner. is the one who tells me fertilize often. I will cut way back, and tell him too much fertilizer on the bushes is not good.
His answer to everything is more water and more fertilizer.
His helpers do not understand English,so I must stay outside and watch them, as they are known to pull flowers and leave weeds.
It’s a common problem with the gardners in my area.
Yesterday, Saturday had a burst of energy. I cut roses for 2 hours, trimmed some tree branches, vacuumed half the house, and washed floors in 3 rooms.
Today, it’s laundry, and more rose trimming.
My niece is staying with me, and helping to get stuff ready to take to charity. Us Americans have so much stuff,it’s time to give to charities, so they can get things to those less fortunate.
I’m a big believer in donating, to help others.
Hope your thumb is getting better.
Thanks again for all your good advice.
Funcountess

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@imallears

@fiesty76
Hi,
No walking today, Sunday, first time not out on at least 2weeks. Got up too late so anytime after 7 is just too warm. Slight haze here again . We have had no rain so the afternoons don’t cool off and the nights stay in the low 80s. I miss the late afternoon thunderstorms.

Last night I walked around my house 10 times. Will do that again today a few times….I get antsy sitting too long. Staying away from the gym for another week.

FL has an open container law…driving or walking. You can be arrested for public intoxication or just carrying a drink in public.

Very quiet in the area and have not seen the usual walkers except for those with dogs.

FL Mary

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@imallears Normally by this time of day I have more than an hour into my allotted outdoor activity for the day. Not today. Yesterday my husband arrived back home at 1:30AM. We both got about 5 hrs sleep, then set out to get errands done, rental car returned, etc. Lots of walking in the stores, then home to get groceries put away. I decided that Sundays would be a day off; this week we were rewarded by a small deer herd coming through the backyard, then working their way around to front yard. They perused the areas where I have been pruning and chopping, helping clean up what is still there.
Tomorrow I will start all over again, walking, weeding, whatever for those two hrs each morning. i lve the early hours.
Ginger

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