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!

@lioness

@fiesty76 I love mine also ..Next best thing for my back was buying a Rumba and watch Howard go to work . That's the name I gave him Boy do I need a haircut how bout everyone else?

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@lioness. I gave away my very good LG vacuum because it gets too heavy. Now I have Dyson rechargeable. It's light weight and does the job. My son gave me his Roomba now that he has a small child and they have to pick up all the toys and stuff otherwise the Roomba would get stuck. It even went over the base of a lamp and got stuck there. If you have throw rug with fringes, it would be a problem. The good thing is to use it for vacuuming under the bed. My hairdresser emailed me, they are opened, mask required for customers and they'll test temperature too. We have to check in before going in as they have limited the number of people in the salon at one time. I need a haircut badly but will wait a little while longer.

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@lilypaws

@feisty76 Hey would someone buy me a bed like that adjustable bed with massage? That would help me get out of bed after my surgery. I haven't vauumed for years because of my back. I do have cleaners come in every 2 weeks. But doing the Covid -19 she hasn't been coming, but shes coming Monday. Yea, my tile floors and bathroom is so dirty. We do clean around our sinks though. AND I get my haircut June 2nd. I'm so excited. I'm going to a new shorter style since I'm going to be having the surgery. I wonder if I beat every one by getting my haircut first? Let Me Know! Oh, I forgot we got our carpets cleaned yesterday and they are looking gorgeous. We have a very low nap carpet. But the cost, WOW, but he did do the basement too.

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Where I lived a long time ago, we had our house carpeted with a beautiful carpet–the color was gorgeous. It was a shade of blue and green that I can't describe but I would love to have it in my house now. Everyone who came to that house commented on the beautiful carpet. It was very durable also. I had four kids at home. They are all gone with children of their own.

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@lilypaws

Lioness I can't wait till I can walk with you girls. I'm so excited today, because my surgery is coming up fast. Be prepared, as soon as I heal I will be walking too. Jeanie

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@lilypaws Hooray I know you cant wait . We cant wait for it to be over . I will look forward to having you do your virtual walk with me . Right now Im watching my rumba clean my floor its so cute going around like it is I named it Howard and he is doing a good job I have a remote for it and when its done I just press the go home button . How it knows where home is I dont know . You may want to get one for yourself It is great . Now I'm going to mop one room at a time. Putting you on list today . Ruth Graham ask for prayers Sunday for the world and whats going on in it with this virus the time zone is PT2:00 If we all women pray at this time its to be collective prayer from us. Im excited for you also . Drink plenty of water between now and then itVitamin is know as the healing vitamin have a good day . friend Linda

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@fiesty76 Just did the rumba love it you do have to moves little objects in the way like scatter rugs that are thin I leave my heavier ones down and it goes right over it . You have to watch it just not let it go . So between my adjustable bed and me rumba my back thanks both. yes Jeanie you need to get one or other if you can before surgery . Mine is a Easy rest and it is. I put 200 down on it and making monthly payments of 150.00 Is this doable for you ?

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@mayofeb2020

@lioness. I gave away my very good LG vacuum because it gets too heavy. Now I have Dyson rechargeable. It's light weight and does the job. My son gave me his Roomba now that he has a small child and they have to pick up all the toys and stuff otherwise the Roomba would get stuck. It even went over the base of a lamp and got stuck there. If you have throw rug with fringes, it would be a problem. The good thing is to use it for vacuuming under the bed. My hairdresser emailed me, they are opened, mask required for customers and they'll test temperature too. We have to check in before going in as they have limited the number of people in the salon at one time. I need a haircut badly but will wait a little while longer.

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@mayofeb2020 I did just rumba and you do have to pick up what you dont want sucked under it . I had some cords that I didn't get out of the way and it got caught in the underbelly lol I love it do you have a remote for your? I do but dont know how to use it yet have to reread the book. So between the rumba and bed 'Im a happy camper now so is my back . My hair needs a cut badly also I got so upset with it I cut it last night some just to make it shorter . They haven't opened here yet . That will feel so good a wash and haircut .

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@rosemarya

Who is still walking with @becsbuddy?

After a safe-distancing Memorial Day Holiday, with some gardening, and an enjoyable afternoon on the patio, I am eager to get back to the routine of a morning walk.
My foot is improving and I don't want to reactivate the problem. This is the time of year when my husband and I would be doing some hiking. So I am at home while he is putting in the miles, and it is hard to be patient! Feeling better or not, I am going to keep my appointment next week with podiatrist.
I hope to rejoin this walking group soon.

Where are you as you 'walk' to your virtual destinations? How far are you? Indoor-or-outdoor, step counting-or- miles, What did you see on your walk today?

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Hi, @rosemarya I think a good crowd is still walking. Well, maybe when they’re not watching rumba or planting veggies or eating chocolate! I’m probably not much better!

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@becsbuddy

Hi, @rosemarya I think a good crowd is still walking. Well, maybe when they’re not watching rumba or planting veggies or eating chocolate! I’m probably not much better!

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@lilypaws

Lioness I can't wait till I can walk with you girls. I'm so excited today, because my surgery is coming up fast. Be prepared, as soon as I heal I will be walking too. Jeanie

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@lilypaws, Hi, Jeanie, Thought of you today on my morning walk. Saw very few people so began thinking of Mayo Support buddies. Are you at a place where you are just getting impatient to have the surgery done and recovery begun? Wishing you the best and know you'll be in excellent medical hands. Take care and make others treat you like the queen you deserve to be!

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@hopeful33250

Yikes!! 106 is more than hot. Take it easy, @jakedduck1

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Wow! You don't say if you're in Phoenix or Death Valley. A relative lives in Tucson and told me that this past Monday it was already 100 degrees. But it's a dry heat, right? Makes quite a difference. We are having a generally "soupy" day. Be careful out there.

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@sueinmn

I sympathize with all of you struggling to walk or exercise with pain. When I was recovering from on of my hip replacements, had very limited mobility, and needed to move regularly to prevent blood clots, I did what my in-laws used to do when housebound by extreme cold or icy conditions in northern Minnesota – house walking. Every hour I would get up and walk around my house – into and through each room, out again, onto the next… and keep it up for 5 minutes. When my Mom was recuperating from one of her strokes, we did a modified version – hall walking. Using her walker, she would walk as far down the apartment hall as possible, with me following pushing her wheelchair, rest a minute in the chair, then walk home. She progressed over time to walking laps of the hall, and later laps around her building outdoors.
Maybe a version of house walking (or yard walking) several times a day could work for you?
Sue

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Hi Sue,
That’s me for years I do yard walking. Back yard big enough. Do laps, I call it patrol walking, as I see what needs doing, and make a mental note. Also, walking on the grass is easier on knees, and back. Pounding the pavement is not good on joints.
Funcountess

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@funcountess, I do yard walking too. After my kitty escaped and went missing for a nightmare of 11 days and nights, she is confined to indoors. What is so weird is that she no longer races to the door if I am about to go out. Oh, the story she could tell about her missing adventure! I do take her on bkyd walks firmly held to my chest and we "discuss" what needs doing in the garden. Smiles

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@fiesty76

@funcountess, I do yard walking too. After my kitty escaped and went missing for a nightmare of 11 days and nights, she is confined to indoors. What is so weird is that she no longer races to the door if I am about to go out. Oh, the story she could tell about her missing adventure! I do take her on bkyd walks firmly held to my chest and we "discuss" what needs doing in the garden. Smiles

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Hi,
Your kitty missing for a week and a half. What stress to look for a lost pet.how did you find the kitty?
I’m a pet parent also, and am always mindful of when the door is open.they can and are usually faster then their human parents.
As for walking always better for our joints to walk on grass/soft surface.
Funcountess

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@funcountess, Yes, our 4 legged friends can be really fast and out the door before we know it. I am so fortunate to have neighbors who helped me look for Precious. One neighbor helped me post a photo of her on our neighborhood site and local lost & found 'net sites. It was dreadful driving to the animal shelter each day to check the deceased list. They don't give that info over the phone. The not knowing was the hardest part because imagination can be treacherous.

It was a terribly stressful time because a couple of times before when she'd gotten out, she stayed in the front yard. Something must have chased or frightened her away. I had promised my neighbor the day before that I'd bring over cat food and litter for her cat. Heard a meow in the middle of the night; thought I was having a nightmare; turned on the light and there sat Precious in the middle of the bedroom floor "talking to me". At first I couldn't believe it. I do have a pet door in utility hall and garage door but both had been "permanently" closed since Precious adopted me. When she went missing, I opened both pet doors and that little girl found her way back inside.

Next morning we went to the vet for a check-up and possible dehydration. One toe nail had been torn off but otherwise no injuries. Incredibly, she is the only pet I've ever had that didn't race me to the door but after her return and even now, several months later, she does not even approach an outside door as I move toward one.

My best friends have an adorable Yorkie who would like to make friends with Precious but she is very shy and immediately hides whenever he comes over. Are you a dog, cat, or other pet parent? I agree that walking on grass/ground means a longer and more enjoyable walk than on pavement. I miss walks with my Sunshine dowg of 17 yrs and it was hard to start walking again this past January without her. Do you have a pet that can accompany you on your walks? Much earlier, I tried a harness and leash and liberally sprinkled them with catnip but Precious would have no part of that!

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@fiesty76

@funcountess, Yes, our 4 legged friends can be really fast and out the door before we know it. I am so fortunate to have neighbors who helped me look for Precious. One neighbor helped me post a photo of her on our neighborhood site and local lost & found 'net sites. It was dreadful driving to the animal shelter each day to check the deceased list. They don't give that info over the phone. The not knowing was the hardest part because imagination can be treacherous.

It was a terribly stressful time because a couple of times before when she'd gotten out, she stayed in the front yard. Something must have chased or frightened her away. I had promised my neighbor the day before that I'd bring over cat food and litter for her cat. Heard a meow in the middle of the night; thought I was having a nightmare; turned on the light and there sat Precious in the middle of the bedroom floor "talking to me". At first I couldn't believe it. I do have a pet door in utility hall and garage door but both had been "permanently" closed since Precious adopted me. When she went missing, I opened both pet doors and that little girl found her way back inside.

Next morning we went to the vet for a check-up and possible dehydration. One toe nail had been torn off but otherwise no injuries. Incredibly, she is the only pet I've ever had that didn't race me to the door but after her return and even now, several months later, she does not even approach an outside door as I move toward one.

My best friends have an adorable Yorkie who would like to make friends with Precious but she is very shy and immediately hides whenever he comes over. Are you a dog, cat, or other pet parent? I agree that walking on grass/ground means a longer and more enjoyable walk than on pavement. I miss walks with my Sunshine dowg of 17 yrs and it was hard to start walking again this past January without her. Do you have a pet that can accompany you on your walks? Much earlier, I tried a harness and leash and liberally sprinkled them with catnip but Precious would have no part of that!

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Hi fiesty,
Yes I’m a pet parent to a 65 pound dog. My dog is so strong he drags me, so to difficult to have a nice walk, but I run and chase him in backyard. You are so fortunate to have your kitty back. In my area a coyote would get the cats, if not a coyote then the bob cats, or mountain lions. Jolly is big, but I still go outside when jolly is outside. I don’t trust the wild life in the area.
Right now I’m glued to the t.v. The area I grew up in is under siege from the current riots due to George Floyd murder in Minnesota. I was raised in Los Angeles, the looters and fires everywhere.
Governor Newsom approved the national guard to help with the situation. Now live near Santa Barbara,a long way from the unrest, but memories of old neighborhood are sad.
I’m very glad your pet scare had a happy ending. Us pet parents must be mindful of our pet kid, and what they can be up to.
Take care,
Funcountess

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@funcountess

Hi fiesty,
Yes I’m a pet parent to a 65 pound dog. My dog is so strong he drags me, so to difficult to have a nice walk, but I run and chase him in backyard. You are so fortunate to have your kitty back. In my area a coyote would get the cats, if not a coyote then the bob cats, or mountain lions. Jolly is big, but I still go outside when jolly is outside. I don’t trust the wild life in the area.
Right now I’m glued to the t.v. The area I grew up in is under siege from the current riots due to George Floyd murder in Minnesota. I was raised in Los Angeles, the looters and fires everywhere.
Governor Newsom approved the national guard to help with the situation. Now live near Santa Barbara,a long way from the unrest, but memories of old neighborhood are sad.
I’m very glad your pet scare had a happy ending. Us pet parents must be mindful of our pet kid, and what they can be up to.
Take care,
Funcountess

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@funcountess This is sad for the whole country. Unfortunately, much of the disturbance is caused by people coming in just using the murder as an excuse to cause mayhem, incite violence and unrest. I have read that there is even an organized group trying to cause a civil war. Right now I am very happy to not be living in a city.

Yesterday there was a protest in Manchester. It started in a downtown park, they marched through the streets and then ended in the park. There was no violence, the police even shut down some streets for them, and all went peacefully until about a half-hour later when some were still in the park. A pickup truck pulled up with a large political sign on it and two guys got out with rifles and started acting threatening. They were arrested. In this case, they were not from out of state, they were locals.
JK

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