Let’s Go Walking! Join me for a virtual walking support group

Posted by Becky, Volunteer Mentor @becsbuddy, Feb 19 11:59am

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!

Sounds good. I’m in too.

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I'm in! I'm looking for a walking partner locally. Anyone lives in Irvine, CA? The safest city in US few years in a row! Right now because of my hip and leg problems sometimes it's so hard to get going, but I'm pushing myself to get at least a couple of miles a day in. My goal is 7500 steps which is roughly 3 miles. My daughter included me in Spotify so I can listen to my favorite music while I walk which really helps. Fleetwood Mac has great walking music 😊

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I find it really intimidating to ponder a regular exercise routine, and the 12-week program that appears on the link doesn’t make it any easier, what with the recommendations for other exercisevslong with the walking!!! But I am willing to give it a try even though I am basically sedentary and the 12-week program catapults me into 15 minutes a day from the very start. I’m not sure I can do this.

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Yes, you can do it!! I visited my brother in Vancouver last year for his 89th birthday. Until he slipped on black ice the year before, he biked and walked everyday. Washes and polishes his car!! He still walked although he doesn't bike anymore. He still drives. He's in such good health it totally motivated me. My HR goes really high sometimes when I walk, so I will slow or stop for a while. My friends joined gym but I am very intimidated by the slim and trim bodies so I only walk. You can do it. I think the hardest part is starting, so do it for a few days and it will get 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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Great idea, Becky! My self-challenge for 2020 is to walk 3xs/week. I chose Tues, Thur, Sat and set no distance or speed goals but started with 15 min. Main objective was to honor my commitment and see if I could do it rain or shine.

Last yr my challenge was to see if I could go a year without purchasing a single new wearable. Despite an unexpected 30lb wt loss and wearing out 2 belts, I achieved the goal. That discipline did wonders for my self-esteem so chose to tackle a "routine", another tricky challenge for us creative types.

No record for sure but nearly 2 mos into the yr, I've made it to the mall or large box stores during inclement weather for my walks. Specifying the days helps keep me accountable. Important for me to keep the goal achievable and would like to participate with 3 days each week. How will this group stay in touch???

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@fiesty76

Great idea, Becky! My self-challenge for 2020 is to walk 3xs/week. I chose Tues, Thur, Sat and set no distance or speed goals but started with 15 min. Main objective was to honor my commitment and see if I could do it rain or shine.

Last yr my challenge was to see if I could go a year without purchasing a single new wearable. Despite an unexpected 30lb wt loss and wearing out 2 belts, I achieved the goal. That discipline did wonders for my self-esteem so chose to tackle a "routine", another tricky challenge for us creative types.

No record for sure but nearly 2 mos into the yr, I've made it to the mall or large box stores during inclement weather for my walks. Specifying the days helps keep me accountable. Important for me to keep the goal achievable and would like to participate with 3 days each week. How will this group stay in touch???

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I felt the same way about joining a fitness facility. About 5 years ago, I decided to summon the courage to give it a try. I found that people are focused on their own workout and not paying the slightest attention to what I am doing so the apprehension wasn’t warranted. Now I love going and really miss it when I can’t go for some reason.

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@fiesty76

Great idea, Becky! My self-challenge for 2020 is to walk 3xs/week. I chose Tues, Thur, Sat and set no distance or speed goals but started with 15 min. Main objective was to honor my commitment and see if I could do it rain or shine.

Last yr my challenge was to see if I could go a year without purchasing a single new wearable. Despite an unexpected 30lb wt loss and wearing out 2 belts, I achieved the goal. That discipline did wonders for my self-esteem so chose to tackle a "routine", another tricky challenge for us creative types.

No record for sure but nearly 2 mos into the yr, I've made it to the mall or large box stores during inclement weather for my walks. Specifying the days helps keep me accountable. Important for me to keep the goal achievable and would like to participate with 3 days each week. How will this group stay in touch???

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@fiesty76 Wow, what an inspiration you are!! Glad you joined us! Hope we can keep up with you. We’re going to stay in touch through this discussion. The goal is to give everyone (me included) some motivation and encouragement to keep going.
So what caused you to lose 30lbs? That’s a lot of weight! I lost 20 lbs, but have gained it back. 😑 I have an autoimmune disease called clippers. Sure changed my life! But, what is, is. Becky

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@palstead

I find it really intimidating to ponder a regular exercise routine, and the 12-week program that appears on the link doesn’t make it any easier, what with the recommendations for other exercisevslong with the walking!!! But I am willing to give it a try even though I am basically sedentary and the 12-week program catapults me into 15 minutes a day from the very start. I’m not sure I can do this.

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@palstead You can’t do it unless you try! And we’ll all help you. Guidelines say to just aim for 3x a week, any time of day. The exercises are there for those who don’t or can’t walk, but who want to participate. You get to choose how much, or how little, exercise you do. So, come and join us!

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@mayofeb2020

I'm in! I'm looking for a walking partner locally. Anyone lives in Irvine, CA? The safest city in US few years in a row! Right now because of my hip and leg problems sometimes it's so hard to get going, but I'm pushing myself to get at least a couple of miles a day in. My goal is 7500 steps which is roughly 3 miles. My daughter included me in Spotify so I can listen to my favorite music while I walk which really helps. Fleetwood Mac has great walking music 😊

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@patriciao

Sounds good. I’m in too.

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@patriciao @elsie124 Welcome! Glad you can join us!

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I have spinal stenosis and find it increasingly difficult to walk distances. Wondering if walking program will help.

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I have spinal stenosis too. I can walk but sitting for a long time is difficult. Just do what you can. Every step helps.

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