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!

@contentandwell

@beachbum80 I am on 5mg a day as part of my immunotherapy. I suspect I will never be off of it because my blood counts are low. That's a shame that you have such a terrible effect on it. I guess they must have really felt you needed it. I wish for your sake that they could have eliminated it sooner.

@patriciao I was just looking on Amazon for disinfecting wipes because the stores are all out of them. I have a few but not nearly enough if I plan to continue to go to the health club. The name brands are out of stock on Amazon too but there is a brand that is available to wipe down surfaces – it says "alcohol-free disinfectant wipes".
I agree with the need to go to stay healthy, I really do need to continue to go to help with my osteoporosis and everything else. As you age it is more and more important to keep your strength. It really is a dilemma though. I am confident that what they have in the gym is a good disinfectant but it will be easier to have my own if I plan to wipe down the equipment before for my own benefit and after as the gym requests. Unfortunately not everyone does wipe the equipment down after using it. Fortunately my health club is a very nice and clean one. There are always people around cleaning everything, but they can't follow members around and clean equipment after each person uses it.
JK

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You’re absolutely right. My club always has staff out cleaning too, but they can’t be everywhere at once. I prefer to wipe machines down before and after use and I always go wash my hands thoroughly with soap and water when I’m done exercising. Have a good 2nd week.

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@contentandwell

@becsbuddy you can only what you can do, don’t beat yourself up over it.
I am beginning to wonder if I should continue going to my health club. I think I will, armed with antiseptic hand wipes. The gym has paper towels all over with spray bottles of sanitizer to wipe down the equipment you used when you are done with each machine but I plan to start wiping it down before I use it too. There are also Purell dispensers in numerous locations. I am not generally very close to other people. Now I will make sure that I am not.
JK

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@contentandwell You know, I’ll bet you could make some wipes! Put a bunch of folder paper towels or wash cloths in a plastic tub and pour in a small amount of kitchen/bathroom cleaner . Just to make things damp. Worth a try! Just scrub your hands real well after using

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Hi, all
Tomorrow starts week #2! 5 min warm up, 7 min exercise, and 5 min cool down. Thought for the week: “ All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” Friedrich Nietzsche

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@becsbuddy

Hi, all
Tomorrow starts week #2! 5 min warm up, 7 min exercise, and 5 min cool down. Thought for the week: “ All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” Friedrich Nietzsche

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@becsbuddy I did my gym work today and walking but then came home and had 2 prune rolls . lol

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@becsbuddy

@contentandwell You know, I’ll bet you could make some wipes! Put a bunch of folder paper towels or wash cloths in a plastic tub and pour in a small amount of kitchen/bathroom cleaner . Just to make things damp. Worth a try! Just scrub your hands real well after using

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@becsbuddy That's a good idea, but I think you would need to add something else to it to make it disinfecting.
This is really getting worrisome. We were supposed to have a late lunch tomorrow with my sister and her husband and my brother and his wife but he has canceled, he's concerned about dining out. The restaurant we meet at is in a hotel that is primarily a business person's hotel so it's always very empty on Sunday afternoon — we at times have been the only diners — but he is still concerned. He does not have a compromised immune system as I do, but his health is not good due to his heart.
JK

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This virus thing is really getting everyone worried. My friend who goes to the gym everyday said it is not as crowded as before. Another friend belongs to a movie club and a book club and she is concerned about going to the movies. She said her friend was on a cruise to Mexico and she was unable to contact her…. My daughter and my son in law who owns houses in other state and in England are not traveling like they used to. They are not going to restaurants either and urge me not to go out too much. I'm still doing my am and pm walk, otherwise I think I will be stir crazy.

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@mayofeb2020

This virus thing is really getting everyone worried. My friend who goes to the gym everyday said it is not as crowded as before. Another friend belongs to a movie club and a book club and she is concerned about going to the movies. She said her friend was on a cruise to Mexico and she was unable to contact her…. My daughter and my son in law who owns houses in other state and in England are not traveling like they used to. They are not going to restaurants either and urge me not to go out too much. I'm still doing my am and pm walk, otherwise I think I will be stir crazy.

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@mayofeb2020 Was she on the Carnival cruise ship out of Long Beach if so the ship has docked but passengers aren't allowed of as there is a ill person on board being tested for the crornoavirus .

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@mayofeb2020

This virus thing is really getting everyone worried. My friend who goes to the gym everyday said it is not as crowded as before. Another friend belongs to a movie club and a book club and she is concerned about going to the movies. She said her friend was on a cruise to Mexico and she was unable to contact her…. My daughter and my son in law who owns houses in other state and in England are not traveling like they used to. They are not going to restaurants either and urge me not to go out too much. I'm still doing my am and pm walk, otherwise I think I will be stir crazy.

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@mayofeb2020 – Good morning. Schools are pretty empty an school buses are as well. And we only have 3 confirmed cases, so far.

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@lioness

@mayofeb2020 Was she on the Carnival cruise ship out of Long Beach if so the ship has docked but passengers aren't allowed of as there is a ill person on board being tested for the crornoavirus .

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@mayofeb2020 Heres an update . The sick man on board tested negative so all passengers are departing the boat .

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@peach414144

The achilles tendons in both my feet take turns giving me much pain. Is it a good idea to do much walking when this is happening? (Have rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis.)

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Hello
This is Jennifer, aka Pollyanne. I was posting on here a few months ago about my sore and itchy scalp and losing my hair and baldness in a large area. I need to catch up as I haven't posted for a while as I have been travelling. First of all, happily my hair has mostly come back and for anyone with similar problems I have been taking Hydroxychloroquine or also called Plaquenil, twice a day. This seems to have helped and my hair has grown back in the bald area and thickened up in most of the other areas. (one area is still skimpy) I then started itching all over and allergy pills didn't help. My dermatologist put me on Pregabalin or Lyrica which makes me tired and dizzy in the morning but seems to have helped with the itching. They cannot totally identify what is wrong with me but they are sure it is auto immune. My immune system has been suspect for many years as I also have chronic fatigue and some unexplained pain.
I am also writing in answer to Merry, as I have had a lot of problems with my feet and achilles tendons for years. Physio therapy hasn't helped much but recently I had my feet and ankles adjusted by an excellent chiropractor who has helped me a lot. I also have Plantar Fasciitus. ( not sure of the spelling) I would suggest trying this and also good walking shoes with orthotics. Some health insurances cover orthotics or if not maybe some orthotics from the drug store might work. I have always carried on walking.
That is the 3rd reason I am writing, because I am an avid walker and try to walk most mornings. I also have a stretching routine that I follow up with after walking. Right now I need to get back to my walking as I have been travelling, partly on a cruise ship that is known for it's excellent food and now I need to lose 5 pounds. I know that isn't much compared to a lot of people but it is a lot for me. Right now I am tired and jet lagged. I haven't taken my Lyrica for a few days as I couldn't cope with the extra fatigue while flying etc. I would be happy to help with a walking regimen if there is something I can do. I live in Maui and so my hours are behind most Americans, but I don't have ice and snow to stop me.
Please let me know how I can help and thank you Becky for helping me previously when I was so worried. I know you have your worries too. Auto immune diseases really suck.
Good luck with the walking.
Jennifer

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Hi walking buddies, have been getting out and about at least once a day!! Update, I'm at Mayo, scan results showed some growth, changes, so PET scan, pulmonary tomorrow, Dr. in pm. I'm okay 😊

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Raining in Southern California… managed to walk only 3/4 mile before the rain comes. Looks like it will be raining in the next few days. Will do my best. Hope everyone is feeling good.

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