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!

@becsbuddy

What a group! We have 7 new members plus Bertha,
@beachbum @macto @meka @londonritt @sputnik904
@gehmom @blmd5861
Welcome to everyone!

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WOW! Cancer survivors rock!! 🥳

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@becsbuddy

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

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Becky,
I AM IN! Looking forward to joining the group, should be fun as well as rewarding in better health..
I am also a weight watchers life time member since 1964, 6 pounds from goal tonight at weigh in, great program!
KOKO
Mactoo

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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 congratulations on you bike success. I’ve been riding my recumbent bike too, my orthopedic surgeon is a huge fan, but I think it is exacerbating my hip bursitis so I haven’t done it for a few days and I miss it. I use that time to watch TV shows that I’ve recorded. My husband pretty much resides over the TV and watching in separate rooms is not great so I record the shows he won’t watch
JK

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@contentandwell

@macto congratulations on you bike success. I’ve been riding my recumbent bike too, my orthopedic surgeon is a huge fan, but I think it is exacerbating my hip bursitis so I haven’t done it for a few days and I miss it. I use that time to watch TV shows that I’ve recorded. My husband pretty much resides over the TV and watching in separate rooms is not great so I record the shows he won’t watch
JK

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JK, Thanks for your reply. We were bike riding three days, rest day, ride two days, rest day and were really tired after three days riding so we are now riding two days and rest a day, two days rest a day which makes it much more tolerable. I also have bursitis and understand your hurting. We had to gradually get into riding 30 minutes a day. We ride 15 minutes twice a day as we can't ride 30 minutes at one time.
KOKO ( keep on keeping on) 😃
Mactoo

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@becsbuddy

What a group! We have 7 new members plus Bertha,
@beachbum @macto @meka @londonritt @sputnik904
@gehmom @blmd5861
Welcome to everyone!

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I have a feeling Bertha is going to do very very well 😊

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i would like to join the group : ) fought tongue cancer 2x been cancer free for 5 1/2 years still go through side effects from treatments need support and encouragement to start exercising again.

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@nanab1219

i would like to join the group : ) fought tongue cancer 2x been cancer free for 5 1/2 years still go through side effects from treatments need support and encouragement to start exercising again.

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I definitely think you’ve come to the right place…everyone seems very supportive …I feel like we are all in this together and we will have each other’s backs.
You have already shown how strong you are to have gone through cancer x2 …you are going to do just great 👍

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@nanab1219

i would like to join the group : ) fought tongue cancer 2x been cancer free for 5 1/2 years still go through side effects from treatments need support and encouragement to start exercising again.

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@nanab1219 – I agree with @veganmom, you've already been through some terrible times and are here to tell us about it. I also have had cancer multiple times, 4 to be exact of lung cancer since 1997. I am missing two lobes of my lungs plus damaged tissue from radiation and chemo. Let's show everyone, that if we can do this, and go as far as we can, then we'd love it if everyone would join us!

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@veganmom

I have a feeling Bertha is going to do very very well 😊

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Oh Bertha is rearing to go its me who's holding back. I have a very bad case of steroid induced myopathy and am unable to navigate without Bertha. We have a lot of ice and snow this year so getting out doors is difficult but Bertha and I shall loops around the middle of the house for our contribution and I shall go to the pool for water exercise twice a week. If I find I am gaining strength I may try the gym. I was going to the gym when I was cruelly cut down but the way I look at it the only way is up. I bench pressed 100 pounds on my 70th birthday, so if I join this group maybe I shall be able to do something of likeness on my 81st coming next.

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@beachbum80– Hello. By all means, do lapses in your house. And you can't disappoint Bertha! Maybe she'd love some music to help? That's just terrible that the medicine that was supposed to help you made you feel even worse. Prednisone makes me a different person, one my husband would love to do without. It's nasty and I don't know of anyone who loves it. You have such a wonderful, powerful and positive outlook. We need to all be looking up! A very happy birthday, coming up. I'm sure glad that you will be joining us. It's very nice to meet you!

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@merpreb

@beachbum80– Hello. By all means, do lapses in your house. And you can't disappoint Bertha! Maybe she'd love some music to help? That's just terrible that the medicine that was supposed to help you made you feel even worse. Prednisone makes me a different person, one my husband would love to do without. It's nasty and I don't know of anyone who loves it. You have such a wonderful, powerful and positive outlook. We need to all be looking up! A very happy birthday, coming up. I'm sure glad that you will be joining us. It's very nice to meet you!

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I do loops around the house when unable to go to water aerobics. Am now going to try recumbent bike as an alternative once a week.

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@merpreb

@beachbum80– Hello. By all means, do lapses in your house. And you can't disappoint Bertha! Maybe she'd love some music to help? That's just terrible that the medicine that was supposed to help you made you feel even worse. Prednisone makes me a different person, one my husband would love to do without. It's nasty and I don't know of anyone who loves it. You have such a wonderful, powerful and positive outlook. We need to all be looking up! A very happy birthday, coming up. I'm sure glad that you will be joining us. It's very nice to meet you!

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Thank you Merry , we are all into this together!

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@merpreb

@nanab1219 – I agree with @veganmom, you've already been through some terrible times and are here to tell us about it. I also have had cancer multiple times, 4 to be exact of lung cancer since 1997. I am missing two lobes of my lungs plus damaged tissue from radiation and chemo. Let's show everyone, that if we can do this, and go as far as we can, then we'd love it if everyone would join us!

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So sorry for your fight with cancer. Cancer is a miserable thing and hits a lot of people. My myopathy is very hard for me to deal with because when I am sitting I feel like I could champion the world until I stand up. I have always been active and to ground to halt as I did is very difficult . But I think this group will be fun to participate in and give me momentum to move on. Life is to valuable to spend it on being glum.

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What a wonderful group we’ve got! And everyone’s ready to get started, some on their feet, some on bikes, and some doing chair exercises. Everything counts, we just have to do some kind of exercise and increase our time by 5minutes a week. We’re a varied, but determined, group of people who have cancer or autoimmune diseases or back problems or or or…. Two of our walking partners even have 4 legs and fur! Take a minute and get to know each other se we’ll be ready to go on Sunday!
Guidelines say to try to exercise 3-4 days a week and not to overdo. Keep a log of your progress and report in every Friday or Saturday and have fun!
Week 1 is March1–7 and 5 minutes of warmup, then 5 minutes of exercise, then 5 minutes of cool down. Let’s go!

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@becsbuddy

What a wonderful group we’ve got! And everyone’s ready to get started, some on their feet, some on bikes, and some doing chair exercises. Everything counts, we just have to do some kind of exercise and increase our time by 5minutes a week. We’re a varied, but determined, group of people who have cancer or autoimmune diseases or back problems or or or…. Two of our walking partners even have 4 legs and fur! Take a minute and get to know each other se we’ll be ready to go on Sunday!
Guidelines say to try to exercise 3-4 days a week and not to overdo. Keep a log of your progress and report in every Friday or Saturday and have fun!
Week 1 is March1–7 and 5 minutes of warmup, then 5 minutes of exercise, then 5 minutes of cool down. Let’s go!

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@becsbuddy Im ready our chair exercises are tomorrow so I.ll still start Sunday on our program. We,ll have fun

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