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!

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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That's good for me!

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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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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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@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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@peach414144 I think or might be a good idea to ask your doctor before you do anything new. Maybe you could join us by following the Mayo Clinic schedule and do chair exercises. Does this sound reasonable?

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@peach414144 That's a great idea we do 45 me n 2x a week here much easier

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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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@becsbuddy That is good for me, but I may start a bit earlier if you don't mind. I see so many bulbs coming up, and I want to watch them bloom out! I have scads of daffodils [I think] coming up in front yard, and some little African violets have poked their heads up, too! The deer have returned after a short absence, and just yesterday I saw the first turkey buzzard of the year. A sure sign of spring!
Ginger

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@gingerw Nice do you have any crocus? They where the first back home to poke there heads up I use to put an ear of corn on a tent peg put in yard and watch the turkeys,pheasants and squirrel come out of our woods Fun to watch

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@lioness

@gingerw Nice do you have any crocus? They where the first back home to poke there heads up I use to put an ear of corn on a tent peg put in yard and watch the turkeys,pheasants and squirrel come out of our woods Fun to watch

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@lioness We could have some, but my knowledge is not too great on all things plants. I do good with succulents and cactus, which probably won't do very well here. We are going to try to learn. The deer figure the fence we have is just a good exercise, and we must be hiding something from them, so they are all over our yard. Not sure how well my little plants will survive them! But I am excited to see things raising their heads as the weather improves!
Ginger

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@gingerw When I had my garden I had to find what keeps all animals including deer from eating my plants Dried blood was a good detergent Just sprinkle around them , Merigolds ,hair believe it or not but it worked ,up of ground They are fun to watch though. When my husband put the garden to bed for the winter he planted rye grass the deer loved it .Enjoy .

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@gingerw

@lioness We could have some, but my knowledge is not too great on all things plants. I do good with succulents and cactus, which probably won't do very well here. We are going to try to learn. The deer figure the fence we have is just a good exercise, and we must be hiding something from them, so they are all over our yard. Not sure how well my little plants will survive them! But I am excited to see things raising their heads as the weather improves!
Ginger

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Hey, ladies, we’re supposed to talk about exercises! I know gardening is exercise, but looking isn’t! I couldn’t go walking today because it was slippery so I did my exercises from YouTube. Go to YouTube and search for Jenny McClendon. She does a whole series for Fit Over 50. She’s really good. I can only do 20minutes, but, it’s exercise!

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@becsbuddy O.k. time to start body

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@becsbuddy

Hey, ladies, we’re supposed to talk about exercises! I know gardening is exercise, but looking isn’t! I couldn’t go walking today because it was slippery so I did my exercises from YouTube. Go to YouTube and search for Jenny McClendon. She does a whole series for Fit Over 50. She’s really good. I can only do 20minutes, but, it’s exercise!

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@becsbuddy Ooops, sorry! When I walk I like to look around at things. It helps keep my mind off the putting one foot in front of the other, and time goes faster!
Ginger

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