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

Posted by Becky, Volunteer Mentor @becsbuddy, Wed, 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!

@contentandwell

@jakedduck1 I justify my dark chocolate addiction because they say it’s good for your heart if it’s more than 70% cocoa.
I made banana bread today for my husband, he loves it. I made four small loaves and put chocolate chips in one – that one is for me.
JK

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@contentandwell

“I justify my dark chocolate addiction because they say it’s good for your heart”
Don’t believe everything you read or hear, propaganda pure and simple.
I don’t imagine I’m getting any banana nut bread? Not even a thin slice? How about a few crumbs?
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@contentandwell

“I justify my dark chocolate addiction because they say it’s good for your heart”
Don’t believe everything you read or hear, propaganda pure and simple.
I don’t imagine I’m getting any banana nut bread? Not even a thin slice? How about a few crumbs?
Jake

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Dark chocolate that is 70% or higher unsweetened does have therapeutic benefits. In moderation, of course.

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@starko

@starko
Sugar? The greatest health food ever. Time for me to get healthier.But what should I have. I’m out of cake. @darlingtondoll, I hope you feel very guilty tomorrow morning as your cutting your piece for breakfast knowing I don’t have any!!!!!!!!!
Jake

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Let's get back to talking about walking. Can I just brag about my mom for a minute?
I gave her my fitbit during the Christmas holidays and I believe that I'm going to have to get another one. She loves it. I set her daily step goal at 5000 steps, advice I think I read from @contentandwell as being a better goal for seniors. She's 80. Last week her average was 7000 steps. We raised her goal to 6000. That's great.

But what impressed me the most is her sprinting. I told her about the science behind high intensity training and aging. (McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada does a lot of research in this area.)
– Strive to remember: Researchers find high-intensity exercise improves memory in seniors https://brighterworld.mcmaster.ca/articles/strive-to-remember-researchers-find-high-intensity-exercise-improves-memory-in-seniors/
https://www.mcmasteroptimalaging.org/browse/healthy-aging-practice/exercise

So what she does is increase her walking pace at least 2 times, usually 3 times, for brief stints during her walk. She lives in the country, so she started with walking sprints that last from one telephone pole to the next. Now her sprints are longer between 2 telephone poles. She didn't even notice today that she did all the talking all the way up the little hill that is part of our course. I'm so proud of her and her energy is much better too. I would be remiss if I didn't add that she does have a slow day or two in the week. She's wise enough to accept fewer steps on those days.
Go Mom Go.

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Hey,jakedduck1
Are you a stand up or sit down comedian?

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@colleenyoung

Let's get back to talking about walking. Can I just brag about my mom for a minute?
I gave her my fitbit during the Christmas holidays and I believe that I'm going to have to get another one. She loves it. I set her daily step goal at 5000 steps, advice I think I read from @contentandwell as being a better goal for seniors. She's 80. Last week her average was 7000 steps. We raised her goal to 6000. That's great.

But what impressed me the most is her sprinting. I told her about the science behind high intensity training and aging. (McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada does a lot of research in this area.)
– Strive to remember: Researchers find high-intensity exercise improves memory in seniors https://brighterworld.mcmaster.ca/articles/strive-to-remember-researchers-find-high-intensity-exercise-improves-memory-in-seniors/
https://www.mcmasteroptimalaging.org/browse/healthy-aging-practice/exercise

So what she does is increase her walking pace at least 2 times, usually 3 times, for brief stints during her walk. She lives in the country, so she started with walking sprints that last from one telephone pole to the next. Now her sprints are longer between 2 telephone poles. She didn't even notice today that she did all the talking all the way up the little hill that is part of our course. I'm so proud of her and her energy is much better too. I would be remiss if I didn't add that she does have a slow day or two in the week. She's wise enough to accept fewer steps on those days.
Go Mom Go.

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@colleenyoung Your Mom and I are the same age, or we will be by the end of this month. I am doing very similar and I was going to the gym and sprinting in between my walking. I don't know how many years I can keep this up but I will give it a good try. I tried an Apple watch but I couldn't work the thing so I gave up. Now I just measure distance and not steps, in the old way.
Good for her managing the fit bit too.

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Well, which one are you? Stand up or sit down? I may still have a few connections left in Hollywood.

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@colleenyoung

Let's get back to talking about walking. Can I just brag about my mom for a minute?
I gave her my fitbit during the Christmas holidays and I believe that I'm going to have to get another one. She loves it. I set her daily step goal at 5000 steps, advice I think I read from @contentandwell as being a better goal for seniors. She's 80. Last week her average was 7000 steps. We raised her goal to 6000. That's great.

But what impressed me the most is her sprinting. I told her about the science behind high intensity training and aging. (McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada does a lot of research in this area.)
– Strive to remember: Researchers find high-intensity exercise improves memory in seniors https://brighterworld.mcmaster.ca/articles/strive-to-remember-researchers-find-high-intensity-exercise-improves-memory-in-seniors/
https://www.mcmasteroptimalaging.org/browse/healthy-aging-practice/exercise

So what she does is increase her walking pace at least 2 times, usually 3 times, for brief stints during her walk. She lives in the country, so she started with walking sprints that last from one telephone pole to the next. Now her sprints are longer between 2 telephone poles. She didn't even notice today that she did all the talking all the way up the little hill that is part of our course. I'm so proud of her and her energy is much better too. I would be remiss if I didn't add that she does have a slow day or two in the week. She's wise enough to accept fewer steps on those days.
Go Mom Go.

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@colleenyoung
I walked over 6,000 steps awhile back and it said I went 2.5 miles. I’m not sure how accurate these devices are but congratulations to mom wow, she is one determined lady. Are you doing as good?
Jake

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I used to take the number of steps very seriously but then I realized that mileage is more important. I am a petite 5'2 so it would take me more steps than a 6' tall person with a longer stride to walk a mile. I can only use steps to set my goal but in the end my goal is 2.5 to 3 miles a day.

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@contentandwell

@jakedduck1 I justify my dark chocolate addiction because they say it’s good for your heart if it’s more than 70% cocoa.
I made banana bread today for my husband, he loves it. I made four small loaves and put chocolate chips in one – that one is for me.
JK

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Sounds yummy. I love the stuff, but I don’t eat it. I save it all for my husband. But not the chocolate cake. He gets up at midnight and eats a big piece of my cake. I will have to make another one this week, but I need to go to the grocery store for more sugar.☹️
I have been trying to stay away because of the Covid 19. I need some vegetables, so I will have to go.

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@pollyanne

Yes, it was a great idea especially for those that are not very self motivated. Sometimes it is an effort. I could not find any energy yesterday. I have been having a lot of trouble with my lack of energy lately but I know that a lot of it is my medication. I am walking this morning come hell or highwater.

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@pollyanne I really find that having an activity tracker helps to keep me motivated. My husband makes fun of me for that, but we are all different. I really attempt to make sure I get in a workout a day of at least 30 minutes. That can be walking, my indoor cycle, or any type of exercise.
I have been pushing myself to walk outside but now I realize the impact of walking on pavement is bothering my knees and thighs. I can go for much longer on a treadmill with no after-effects.

@jude07 I did get my biking in last night. My goal is generally 8 miles which I do in 40 minutes. Last night I quit at 35 minutes though.
We are in NH, so the temps are varying from about 40 to in the 70s! One day when it was 50° there was a teenaged girl in her front yard doing gymnastics IN A BIKINI! I got cold just seeing her.

@jakedduck1 I would ship a little loaf to you but it would be stale by the time you got it. I am finding shipping times have gotten a lot longer when I send even a card to my son in CO, it was the same when he was in CA.

@colleenyoung Your mom is doing fabulously. You are like my son is with me. He is so happy that I get exercise now because when he was growing up I did not.
I generally maintain the same pace when I am walking but maybe I should try varying it like that. @retiredteacher made me conscious of that when she started the walking group based on Mayo recommendations but I tend to always want to keep it as fast as I can. Yes, it was I who mentioned reading that for seniors 5000 steps is a more realistic goa.
JK

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Can't join you daily, but I am with you in Spirit. Tried to post a photo of my dog laying by a lake on the golf course. Golfers are gone. Heron is fishing. Canadian geese feeling this would be a great place to hang out! No walkers either. Pax tibi

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Keep your spirit and body strong!

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@jakedduck1

@becsbuddy
I thought you lived in cold weather. What do you consider gorgeous weather, what temperature?
It’s only 56° here and we had about six or eight drops of what they call rain. Tomorrow there’s a flood warning get that.
In this drought ridden desert, get real. A preschooler could give a better weather report.
Jake

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Gee, great weather report, @jakedduck1 . Trying to distract us from our talking about walking, are you? You mentioned chocolate chip cookies for breakfast. If I walk 2 miles tomorrow, will you send me a cookie? And, if you walk, I’ll send you a cookie! Good idea?

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@mayofeb2020

I used to take the number of steps very seriously but then I realized that mileage is more important. I am a petite 5'2 so it would take me more steps than a 6' tall person with a longer stride to walk a mile. I can only use steps to set my goal but in the end my goal is 2.5 to 3 miles a day.

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@mayofeb2020 Granted, a taller person will walk further with the same number of steps, but I have a hunch that the shorter person is exerting an equivalent amount of energy in each step as the taller person, so that is why steps matter. I used to walk the indoor track at my health club and people would pass me who didn't seem to be walking very fast and then I realized that each of their strides was much longer than mine – I am currently 5'2.5". The taller person is probably exerting more energy because they have a larger mass to move but that becomes relative.
The worst part about being short is that it takes far fewer calories to maintain a healthy weight. I envy my 5"10" daughter-in-law.
JK

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