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!

Count me in, Summitt,(my rescue), have been getting out at least 3 times a week. If you have a dog, also find a dog park, you forget you're working 😀

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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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I should add to this that I have addressed this with family and podiatrist md's. They have no answer for the achieles tendon pain and nothing as to how to handle this. I am using common sense so as to not aggravate the condition further but if I do not walk enough it would be bad for the type 2 diabetes and for the chronic venous insufficiency. Damned if I do and damned if I don't. Anyway I keep plugging away. I am not taking any pain med's as they do not help and am preserving the one and a half kidneys in stage three kidney disease GFR from 35 to 42 on the new diet. What a way to live but again, the will to live is so very strong. (I now have another purpose in life). What a case I would be for a doctor study with all the many ailments that I have as the list is very long. I really, really think that a bone marrow transplant for me would be a good way to go. Smile

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@meka

Count me in, Summitt,(my rescue), have been getting out at least 3 times a week. If you have a dog, also find a dog park, you forget you're working 😀

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@meka Welcome! And Summitt, too!

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@peach414144

I should add to this that I have addressed this with family and podiatrist md's. They have no answer for the achieles tendon pain and nothing as to how to handle this. I am using common sense so as to not aggravate the condition further but if I do not walk enough it would be bad for the type 2 diabetes and for the chronic venous insufficiency. Damned if I do and damned if I don't. Anyway I keep plugging away. I am not taking any pain med's as they do not help and am preserving the one and a half kidneys in stage three kidney disease GFR from 35 to 42 on the new diet. What a way to live but again, the will to live is so very strong. (I now have another purpose in life). What a case I would be for a doctor study with all the many ailments that I have as the list is very long. I really, really think that a bone marrow transplant for me would be a good way to go. Smile

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@peach414144 We’ll be happy to have you in the group! Take it easy and don’t overdo. Guess we start next Sunday!

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@becsbuddy– Good for you!

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Me and my aunt are in!!! Just the nudge we need, and right on time. !!!

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@gingerw

@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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@gingerw– I live very close to a river that feeds into the Ocean. When I walk there (5-minute walk from my house) watching the wildlife on the river, the sun coming up (when it's warmer) and the gentle ocean breeze helping me to stay cool does just what you mentioned. Walking near or in where wildlife lives is certainly a zen experience. Although I've never been to your neck of the woods I have been to your state, my son lives there is still so much gorgeousness!

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I’m in …I’ll be walking up here in Canada 🇨🇦….really need this kick in the pants and the accountability to get me up and out of the house 😊

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I'm in & March 1 sounds great for a start date.

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I’m in but will probably be walking in snowshoes for a while. Plenty of snow here in northern Michigan.

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Starting today. Setting baseline for walking stats (steps, continuous walking time, speed, distance) so I can see progress over time. Thanks for doing this. As a volunteer I so appreciate other volunteers. What a great way to get things done!

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@bulgebattler

Starting today. Setting baseline for walking stats (steps, continuous walking time, speed, distance) so I can see progress over time. Thanks for doing this. As a volunteer I so appreciate other volunteers. What a great way to get things done!

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@bulgebattler Oooh, you sound like my husband, with charts, smart watches and apps showing his steps, how many flights of stair he climbs in a day of work, etc! I am just the opposite. Look at the clock as I lace up shoes, grab my trekking poles [helps balance and even striding] and take off. When I get back is when I get back. The goal is to get out and walk! Good for us!
Ginger

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