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!

@starko

Count me in! Shall we walk on the beach, under the palm trees, in the tropical breeze? Bring sunblock. The weather will not be chilly as it is 80’ today in Honolulu!

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@starko not fair! I am so jealous, I’d love to be in Hawaii. We visited there in October 2017, Maui and Kauai, and loved it. I wanted to return this year but my husband didn’t feel like doing those long flights so we are going to the Caribbean.

@becsbuddy this is very much like what @retiredreacher started a while ago, also based on the Mayo walking plan. I do get exercise at least six days a week but it’s not always walking. When I go to the gym I generally do the treadmill but today I did the elliptical which I prefer. On the in between days I do pool jogging and water aerobics. @retiredteacher got me more inspired.
JK

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@contentandwell

@starko not fair! I am so jealous, I’d love to be in Hawaii. We visited there in October 2017, Maui and Kauai, and loved it. I wanted to return this year but my husband didn’t feel like doing those long flights so we are going to the Caribbean.

@becsbuddy this is very much like what @retiredreacher started a while ago, also based on the Mayo walking plan. I do get exercise at least six days a week but it’s not always walking. When I go to the gym I generally do the treadmill but today I did the elliptical which I prefer. On the in between days I do pool jogging and water aerobics. @retiredteacher got me more inspired.
JK

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Could have used a beach today!! Hopefully shoveling counts as weight lifting or something. Our one to two inches turned into over a foot of blowing wet spring snow 😲. Gotta love the plains, we were 55 on Saturday!

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Count me in! Our daily walking group stopped when the weather turned cold here in CT. – Pam

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Looking forward to it. I have very bad arthritis in my feet so my walking is limited. I do need encouragement. Unfortunately next week I am scheduled for surgery on my foot so I will have some down time but then I want to start walking.

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@gehmom

Looking forward to it. I have very bad arthritis in my feet so my walking is limited. I do need encouragement. Unfortunately next week I am scheduled for surgery on my foot so I will have some down time but then I want to start walking.

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Good luck with your surgery next week ..wishing you a speedy recovery 😊

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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 Do what you can, I don't think it is a contest. Any movement we make that us more than what we have been doing, is a positive thing. At least, that is how I am seeing all of this. C'mon, join our group!
Ginger

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I'm 82 and my husband is 81, we ride our air dyne bike 30 minutes a day five times a week, love it. Our doctor got us started by starting with ten minutes then increasing time by 10 percent every couple days, worked great for us to get to 30 minutes. We look forward to exercising as we feel better with more energy. Can we join the group? My husband is amazing as he had his stomach removed because of cancer at Mayo Clinic 23 years ago, now recovering from 36 radiation treatments at Mayo last winter because of prostrate cancer!

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@macto

I'm 82 and my husband is 81, we ride our air dyne bike 30 minutes a day five times a week, love it. Our doctor got us started by starting with ten minutes then increasing time by 10 percent every couple days, worked great for us to get to 30 minutes. We look forward to exercising as we feel better with more energy. Can we join the group? My husband is amazing as he had his stomach removed because of cancer at Mayo Clinic 23 years ago, now recovering from 36 radiation treatments at Mayo last winter because of prostrate cancer!

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@macto The more the merrier, is the old saying! C'mon, except it sounds like many of us, myself included, will be hard-pressed to keep up with you!
Ginger

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We can all do 5 minutes, inside or out! This is not a contest at all. It is to improve our health and doing it with all of our Connect friends. Some of us already walk 30 minutes and hopefully, they will have encouraging words and words of inspiration! Bring an umbrella and hat or mittens if need be. Plug in some music to help with building up speed as you get further along!

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I second that! If your weather does not permit, walk indoor around your house, put on some music, whether it's on your favorite radio station or music app, each song is approximately 4 minutes. Before you know it, you'll be halfway through the album. Sing along!

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@contentandwell

@starko not fair! I am so jealous, I’d love to be in Hawaii. We visited there in October 2017, Maui and Kauai, and loved it. I wanted to return this year but my husband didn’t feel like doing those long flights so we are going to the Caribbean.

@becsbuddy this is very much like what @retiredreacher started a while ago, also based on the Mayo walking plan. I do get exercise at least six days a week but it’s not always walking. When I go to the gym I generally do the treadmill but today I did the elliptical which I prefer. On the in between days I do pool jogging and water aerobics. @retiredteacher got me more inspired.
JK

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@contentandwell This post sounds like an echo of Lighten your Limbs with Friends. Some of the same comments, but if it gets people moving, it's a good thing. I am not familiar with most of the names, so it is new for them. My world is rough right now, but we're dealing with the problems. Hope all goes well and that everyone is "On the Road Again."
Carol

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Sounds good to me, but I’ll have to bring Bertha along she’s my best buddy, my walker.

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@macto

I'm 82 and my husband is 81, we ride our air dyne bike 30 minutes a day five times a week, love it. Our doctor got us started by starting with ten minutes then increasing time by 10 percent every couple days, worked great for us to get to 30 minutes. We look forward to exercising as we feel better with more energy. Can we join the group? My husband is amazing as he had his stomach removed because of cancer at Mayo Clinic 23 years ago, now recovering from 36 radiation treatments at Mayo last winter because of prostrate cancer!

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@wow @macto ! Maybe you’ll have to lead the group! Welcome and we’re glad you’re joining us.

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