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!

@wisco50

Oh, I don’t worry about it for just a day or two. I do have some of those things you can stretch over the bottom of your shoes that are supposed to “bite” into the ice. However what I find even better is to walk across the snow in my front yard, avoiding driveway altogether. I walk across the yard, staying on grass – though there is somewhat of a hill on other side of the yard – but not near as steep and ALL on a grassy area between my property line and side of neighboring yard. Then I can walk across the front of my property, still on grass until I’m opposite my mailbox on other side of road. I cross the plowed road, get my mail and reverse the process 🤪 However, if there’s black ice on the roads, all bets are off and the mail can just stay there!

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You are so wise with your strategy to get to the mail box safely or not when there is black ice.
Looks like sleet ice/snow/rain all a possibility today. Grey outside, however an early walk may be my only hope today.
Take care all!

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@jude07

You are so wise with your strategy to get to the mail box safely or not when there is black ice.
Looks like sleet ice/snow/rain all a possibility today. Grey outside, however an early walk may be my only hope today.
Take care all!

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Yep – Here in the Twin Cities it's so dark we have all the lights on to make us feel better! Took my walk already and it is beginning to mist – will turn to sleet then snow by afternoon. Our daughter is temporarily working from out family room as we pack her condo, and when she saw the forecast she came packed with everything she needs to stay until Christmas!
Sue

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@jude07

You are so wise with your strategy to get to the mail box safely or not when there is black ice.
Looks like sleet ice/snow/rain all a possibility today. Grey outside, however an early walk may be my only hope today.
Take care all!

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Right now it is in the low 40’s in southern WI but wind is picking up. Some sort of storm tomorrow. How much, who knows. Rain, sleet, snow, take your pick. Predicting 7 degrees by tomorrow, so guess the party is almost over!

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@wisco50

Right now it is in the low 40’s in southern WI but wind is picking up. Some sort of storm tomorrow. How much, who knows. Rain, sleet, snow, take your pick. Predicting 7 degrees by tomorrow, so guess the party is almost over!

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Greetings from Duluth! It started out at 30 degrees when I got up and right on time we got blowing snow. It's wild out now and everyone is hunkered down. The temperature is steadily dropping. Minus 3 degrees is predicted for tonight. It had to happen eventually. Before this, the winter has been pretty mild.

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@wisco50

Right now it is in the low 40’s in southern WI but wind is picking up. Some sort of storm tomorrow. How much, who knows. Rain, sleet, snow, take your pick. Predicting 7 degrees by tomorrow, so guess the party is almost over!

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Minnesota party is nearly over here, too. Our winds are whipping!! Predicting 1 degree here tomorrow. My 2+ mile walk this morning in 45 degrees was perfect!!

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The winds are really wild here, too. We get to go up to 4 degrees tomorrow. Maybe it's because we're near the Lake. Congrats on getting your walk in! I did walk down the hill 6 blocks yesterday for a few groceries since I knew this was going to hit the fan. I get double points for carting bags of groceries back up the hill!

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I have to talk about these shoes of mine, they connect to a smartphone app, and count your steps each day. Looks like this. I really enjoy seeing my activity each day. They are Allegria shoes, I saw Allegria shoes in Rochester. I found these shoes on the Allegria website. They are fun for walking!

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@ellens

Greetings from Duluth! It started out at 30 degrees when I got up and right on time we got blowing snow. It's wild out now and everyone is hunkered down. The temperature is steadily dropping. Minus 3 degrees is predicted for tonight. It had to happen eventually. Before this, the winter has been pretty mild.

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Love it when Mn people say “hunkered down” because that’s exactly what we do. Be careful and stay safe!

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Yup, we're hunkering, all right! The wind has been scary all afternoon. I discovered mail was delivered today! Nothing is moving out there and I assumed we'd get caught up on mail tomorrow. I hope the mail carriers gave up when it got so bad. The wind has blown snow under my front porch screen door (onto my mail). Remind me to get a small wood stove installed before next winter–just for backup! Stop the wind–I've had enough!!!

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@ellens

Greetings from Duluth! It started out at 30 degrees when I got up and right on time we got blowing snow. It's wild out now and everyone is hunkered down. The temperature is steadily dropping. Minus 3 degrees is predicted for tonight. It had to happen eventually. Before this, the winter has been pretty mild.

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It has been amazingly mild here in Wisconsin! I’ve been delighted to take advantage of it with late season garden projects and walks so often! Not looking forward to the cold coming but hey, it’s almost January!

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@ellens

The winds are really wild here, too. We get to go up to 4 degrees tomorrow. Maybe it's because we're near the Lake. Congrats on getting your walk in! I did walk down the hill 6 blocks yesterday for a few groceries since I knew this was going to hit the fan. I get double points for carting bags of groceries back up the hill!

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Yes, you do! Do you use a backpack or have a pull-cart like I see all over Europe?

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@ellens

Greetings from Duluth! It started out at 30 degrees when I got up and right on time we got blowing snow. It's wild out now and everyone is hunkered down. The temperature is steadily dropping. Minus 3 degrees is predicted for tonight. It had to happen eventually. Before this, the winter has been pretty mild.

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Brrrrr Rabbit, @ellens! I toasting you with hot spiced tea on a tropical day in TX….weather balmy 61 degrees. Can still remember those frigid temps and huge snows of Duluth. Hope you are staying warm and safe!!!!!!

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