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

@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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@contentandwell
“IN A BIKINI” WOW, really! I don’t suppose you took her picture? I wonder if she’d like to move to California?🤞
”I would ship a little loaf to you but it would be stale by the time you got it.”
Actually I'm okay with ”stale” but nowadays we have other options available besides wagon trains.
Well, I made the gruesome decision to go for the dreaded walk today and it took all the courage I had to make that decision. But I’ll go and I’m shooting for 1000 steps and hopefully more and Becky you mentioned if you walked 2 miles I’d send you a cookie but you didn't mention any specific distance I was required to walk to get my prize so @becsbuddy get that cookie in the mail! Sad to have to bribe someone to walk huh?
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@contentandwell
“IN A BIKINI” WOW, really! I don’t suppose you took her picture? I wonder if she’d like to move to California?🤞
”I would ship a little loaf to you but it would be stale by the time you got it.”
Actually I'm okay with ”stale” but nowadays we have other options available besides wagon trains.
Well, I made the gruesome decision to go for the dreaded walk today and it took all the courage I had to make that decision. But I’ll go and I’m shooting for 1000 steps and hopefully more and Becky you mentioned if you walked 2 miles I’d send you a cookie but you didn't mention any specific distance I was required to walk to get my prize so @becsbuddy get that cookie in the mail! Sad to have to bribe someone to walk huh?
Jake

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Hi jakedduck1,
Are you related to Daisy Duck?
Good thing Walt Disney does not see your posts. He would die again.
Did you know he passed away from lung cancer? Your jokes could of killed him sooner.
Just kidding

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@jakedduck1

@contentandwell
“IN A BIKINI” WOW, really! I don’t suppose you took her picture? I wonder if she’d like to move to California?🤞
”I would ship a little loaf to you but it would be stale by the time you got it.”
Actually I'm okay with ”stale” but nowadays we have other options available besides wagon trains.
Well, I made the gruesome decision to go for the dreaded walk today and it took all the courage I had to make that decision. But I’ll go and I’m shooting for 1000 steps and hopefully more and Becky you mentioned if you walked 2 miles I’d send you a cookie but you didn't mention any specific distance I was required to walk to get my prize so @becsbuddy get that cookie in the mail! Sad to have to bribe someone to walk huh?
Jake

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@jakedduck1 Guess, you’ll need to go to this site for your reward—that’s where we talk about food!! https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/recipes-food-tips-healthy-eating-more/
I walked 2.2 miles today! Where is my prize?

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@jakedduck1

@contentandwell
“IN A BIKINI” WOW, really! I don’t suppose you took her picture? I wonder if she’d like to move to California?🤞
”I would ship a little loaf to you but it would be stale by the time you got it.”
Actually I'm okay with ”stale” but nowadays we have other options available besides wagon trains.
Well, I made the gruesome decision to go for the dreaded walk today and it took all the courage I had to make that decision. But I’ll go and I’m shooting for 1000 steps and hopefully more and Becky you mentioned if you walked 2 miles I’d send you a cookie but you didn't mention any specific distance I was required to walk to get my prize so @becsbuddy get that cookie in the mail! Sad to have to bribe someone to walk huh?
Jake

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@jakedduck1 I have found in sending things to my son, it takes about five days often! When my son first moved to CA he wanted me to send him my “famous” ham and cheese braid! I had to explained to him that it would need to be packed in dry ice and shipped express, very prohibitive.
The young woman doing yoga was about 15, Jake. Don’t be a D.O.M.
JK

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@contentandwell

@jakedduck1 I have found in sending things to my son, it takes about five days often! When my son first moved to CA he wanted me to send him my “famous” ham and cheese braid! I had to explained to him that it would need to be packed in dry ice and shipped express, very prohibitive.
The young woman doing yoga was about 15, Jake. Don’t be a D.O.M.
JK

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Wow, that looks so yummmmy!!! No wonder your son wants it. I wish i could bake but flour is a rare commodity here. Yes, Jake, please keep it PG 😊

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Hope you guys still enjoying your virtual walking it's hard but nothing is impossible with encouraging each other , wear your precious smiles as you walk share a smile let your precious smiles travel for miles. HUG from England kind regards swift 🙂 plant a precious heart's smile to reach around the world. 🙂 stay safe…. *******

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Thank you for your kind and heartfelt thoughts for the day! May there be peace of heart and mind today as we all "move" to free ourselves from anxiety.

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@jude07.. Amen to that. Had a great day yesterday. Managed to get my walk in when it stopped raining for a little but, barely made it home before it poured again. A friend surprised me by dropping off some grocery at my door! Then my son's family dropped off another order, they did not come in the house, got to see my grandson at a distance. He wanted to get down from his mommy's arms but it started to rain and they had to go. So he waved and said bye bye. It really made my day. Rain is forecasted for the rest of the week so we'll see. Hope everyone is safe and sound.

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I can picture your grandson and the joy he brought to you along with the groceries from your neighbor and son.

The Pink Super moon was a gorgeous sight last night, it was truly calming for me. I was able to get in a good walk yesterday and cleaned out some more of my flower beds.

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@contentandwell

@jakedduck1 I have found in sending things to my son, it takes about five days often! When my son first moved to CA he wanted me to send him my “famous” ham and cheese braid! I had to explained to him that it would need to be packed in dry ice and shipped express, very prohibitive.
The young woman doing yoga was about 15, Jake. Don’t be a D.O.M.
JK

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@contentandwell
if you remember I was more than willing to pay all the shipping costs plus pay for all your time and ingredients. I realize you may not want to be bothered with preparing and sending it and I certainly can understand that.
So the bikini clad beauty is 15 huh, well as they say age is just a number although I must admit my number is a bit worn out. Dirty old man? I never thought of myself as such, so maybe there’s hope yet.
Jake

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Loved reading about this group getting together to support each other walking! How is the walking going @bscsbuddy, @jude07, @pollyanne– who else joined in, or is still thinking about joining?

For me, walking helps my lower back and gets my mind to relax- even when the weather is not as lovely, the fresh air helps! My mom goes for short walks- she is 76 years old and in pretty good shape. She walks all around her house, making loops (sometimes she walks with me- safely 6ft away)! @contentandwell – loved the idea of an activity tracker, maybe that is a good present for my mom or anyone who needs to see where they’re at.

Funny story- many neighbors on my walking route will sit out on their driveway just to wave and say hello to those walking by. I think it’s a win-win.

I am curious, does anyone have any type of stretching routine for pre or post walking?

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@kellyhahn1

Loved reading about this group getting together to support each other walking! How is the walking going @bscsbuddy, @jude07, @pollyanne– who else joined in, or is still thinking about joining?

For me, walking helps my lower back and gets my mind to relax- even when the weather is not as lovely, the fresh air helps! My mom goes for short walks- she is 76 years old and in pretty good shape. She walks all around her house, making loops (sometimes she walks with me- safely 6ft away)! @contentandwell – loved the idea of an activity tracker, maybe that is a good present for my mom or anyone who needs to see where they’re at.

Funny story- many neighbors on my walking route will sit out on their driveway just to wave and say hello to those walking by. I think it’s a win-win.

I am curious, does anyone have any type of stretching routine for pre or post walking?

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@kellyhahn1 I suppose we should stretch before and after but we do not. I think with our mode of walking it may not be necessary, but I can't be sure of that.
You can find almost anything by googling though. I would love to do yoga but with two knee replacements and flex hovering around 120 much of it is difficult for me. I googled yoga after knee replacements and even found that!
For indoor walking routines, I am using videos by Jenny McClendon, she has a number of videos ranging from around 20 minutes to more. If you search for her on Youtube you will find many.
Last night I came across this video on Youtube and I liked it also – it's walking routines for over 50.
https://youtu.be/CcrG-euQyfg
JK

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@kellyhahn1

Loved reading about this group getting together to support each other walking! How is the walking going @bscsbuddy, @jude07, @pollyanne– who else joined in, or is still thinking about joining?

For me, walking helps my lower back and gets my mind to relax- even when the weather is not as lovely, the fresh air helps! My mom goes for short walks- she is 76 years old and in pretty good shape. She walks all around her house, making loops (sometimes she walks with me- safely 6ft away)! @contentandwell – loved the idea of an activity tracker, maybe that is a good present for my mom or anyone who needs to see where they’re at.

Funny story- many neighbors on my walking route will sit out on their driveway just to wave and say hello to those walking by. I think it’s a win-win.

I am curious, does anyone have any type of stretching routine for pre or post walking?

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Hi @kellyhahn1 I’m Becky and I’m glad you joined our group! We’re following Mayo Clinic’s 12 week walking plan. Nobody sticks to the plan, but it does give us an idea of progression. And don’t let yourself be tempted by all the talk of good food here—we’re supposed to be walking OFF those calories, not adding to them! Welcome!

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@kellyhahn1

Loved reading about this group getting together to support each other walking! How is the walking going @bscsbuddy, @jude07, @pollyanne– who else joined in, or is still thinking about joining?

For me, walking helps my lower back and gets my mind to relax- even when the weather is not as lovely, the fresh air helps! My mom goes for short walks- she is 76 years old and in pretty good shape. She walks all around her house, making loops (sometimes she walks with me- safely 6ft away)! @contentandwell – loved the idea of an activity tracker, maybe that is a good present for my mom or anyone who needs to see where they’re at.

Funny story- many neighbors on my walking route will sit out on their driveway just to wave and say hello to those walking by. I think it’s a win-win.

I am curious, does anyone have any type of stretching routine for pre or post walking?

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@kellyhahn1
Hi
I walk now 6 days a week 2.3 to 2.5 miles..used to walk 2 or 3 days as I had gym classes too.
I stretch my hamstrings ..for a few minutes but do some upper body stretches while waiting for morning coffee..gets kinks out. I dont run so not sure how much stretching the hamstrings aids in walking but do it anyway. I do it each leg up on table bending over as far as I can or, if in a hurry just each leg with hands against the wall. Became a habit.
FL Mary

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@kellyhahn1

Loved reading about this group getting together to support each other walking! How is the walking going @bscsbuddy, @jude07, @pollyanne– who else joined in, or is still thinking about joining?

For me, walking helps my lower back and gets my mind to relax- even when the weather is not as lovely, the fresh air helps! My mom goes for short walks- she is 76 years old and in pretty good shape. She walks all around her house, making loops (sometimes she walks with me- safely 6ft away)! @contentandwell – loved the idea of an activity tracker, maybe that is a good present for my mom or anyone who needs to see where they’re at.

Funny story- many neighbors on my walking route will sit out on their driveway just to wave and say hello to those walking by. I think it’s a win-win.

I am curious, does anyone have any type of stretching routine for pre or post walking?

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@kellyhahn1 C'mon, join us as we walk in a group, virtually! Like any group of more than 2 people, our topics sometimes run amuck, and we are sometimes easily distracted. But @becsbuddy tries to keep us in line, not always successfully LOL
Ginger

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