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

@lilypaws I have a calcium citrate drink also everyday . The Dr. for my osteoporosis wants me to take 1200mg calcium a day along with the other ones she perscribed .

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@lioness, My osteo doc prescribes daily 1200mg of calcium and 5000mg of Vit D3 for my bones. I also take the Reclast infusion once/yr.

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@gingerw, Oh, my word! Stalked by a large cougar???? No wonder the deer have "gone to ground"! You may need something sturdier than walking poles…pepper spray? a mace on a pole?? And to think I gripe on my walks about not seeing….people…need to rethink my priorities! Yay for You!

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@gingerw

The mornings start early here, and it is full light by 5am. This morning there were notices on our community FB page of cougar sightings/prints all around us. This explains why the resident deer have "gone to ground" so to speak. We are on the north edge of town, not far from a favorite water source of a local creek. Last fall I was stalked by a large cougar when out walking in the early morning haze. Guess my walking with trek poles will be a bit later!

On the subject of trekking poles, how are you doing with yours, @johnbishop ?
Ginger

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Hi Ginger @gingerw, I haven't taken the walking sticks on the road yet but have been using them to walk in place on my sand dune stepper to help keep my balance. Suppose I should pick it up a little and take the show on the road so to speak 🙂

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Well, I did go walking this morning! Yea, me! Didn’t have near as much excitement as @gingerw . But, I’ll just keep on walking! I’d like to pay attention to the news also, but walking is much better for my health.

“And, I’m nominating @lioness to post our next motivation”

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@rosemarya

Hi, @fiesty76. I will be able to rejoin you and everyone for my walks. Like you, I will be doing at least a short walk for a while, and increase as I feel comfortable. I have a feeling that you are an early riser and walker, so it is a good thing that this is a virtual walking group! I did take a short walk this afternoon and was treated to a safe-distanced visit with some neighbors who were in their yard.

I want to respond to your question about my doctor appointment. He is in a small office and I have seen him before. When I made the appointment, I was told to call from my car, and wait until they called me to come And to wear a mask. And that is what I did. Everyone wore a mask, too. After making my copay, I was taken to the exam room where an assistant took my temperature. Only one other patient was there, and I never saw him, I could only hear him and the doctor talking in another room. Doctor wore gloves when he examined my foot. I felt very comfortable being in the office.

As I already shared, I can start to walk short distances and gradually increase the distance. He suggested that if I want to do longer distance that I should take two shorter walks instead. Problem is caused by an odd toe joint. Only thing for now is to wear a foot pad that cushions my foot to ease the stress and pressure of that joint to soft tissue. I wear it all day until I go to bed. I go back in one month, when he said we can hope for a 30-40% inprovement from the pain. So tomorrow I plan to lace up my walking shoes and enjoy a leisure morning stroll around the neighborhood!

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@rosemarya, Rosemary, I am so glad your doc's office and doc took such good precautions in keeping you safe and comfortable during your foot exam. Several years ago, I developed plantar fasciitis from wearing non-supportive sandals while taking my youngest grands for walks in his stroller at a nearby park. It took months for the painful inflammation to heal and it was a royal lesson for me to invest in very supportive shoes, regardless of style from that time forward. Hope the pad and short walks will show big improvement in pain by your next appointment! How did your morning stroll go? It is getting hotter earlier here so I headed out at 6:45 am so I could get back in time for some more garden work before we hit the 90+ degree mark.

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@lilypaws

@lioness You should be ok on zoom if you are just using it for exercise. Your son probably knows about thoses nasty people out there that can get information. They wouldn't care about your exercises. Good for you for exercises. I will have to get back to doing them once I am healed. I have gained 12 pounds. Just sitting my computer and not exercising
I'm getting anxious about my surgery now, but yet excited to get it over with. I'm concerned how my husband is going to take care of me. He's 69 and works full time out of our house, he does Cyber Secrity (sp) I use to be able to spell real good, but going through the pain in my body seems to effect my mind too.
Back to my husband, he is a good man, but was raised with a very verbal agressive father. My husband was verbally abusive to our kids as they were growing up and to me too. I just didn't know and thought is was normal. He is better now, but has a problem with cleanliness. Every thing needs to be done his way, but he cares and loves me. He is better about not being abusive. He is very intellegent sp. I am outgoing and he is not. I'm just thankful for having him to help me get through this. Don't e-mail me again till June 13th. I should be home from the hospital on the 12th. I will tell you how it went. You are one of my special people. You are so positive and I have to keep that way too. I always get anxious before a trip and then once I'm packed and in the car I feel better.
Many Blessings to you. Jeanie

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@lillypaws . You are going to be fine . God is you guide and counseler so don't fret . You have faith in the surgeon and God so let them do the work ,recover, do as Dr says , he may want you to go to rehab for awhile . If he does I would suggest you do . They can do wonders there for a person. Talk about spelling . I think as I have gotten older my words have escaped me in spelling BE good to your self . I will be waiting to hear how it all went . Good luck .

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@becsbuddy

Well, I did go walking this morning! Yea, me! Didn’t have near as much excitement as @gingerw . But, I’ll just keep on walking! I’d like to pay attention to the news also, but walking is much better for my health.

“And, I’m nominating @lioness to post our next motivation”

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O.K. ladies . I had a bad sciatica attack and went out walking even though each step hurt it did help I walked up the road and back about 1/2 mile was exhausted but after resting my back felt much better . I did have to ice it for the swelling but all in all if I can do it in that much pain You can too. So have a good walk breath the fresh air this will lighten your step

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@gingerw

The mornings start early here, and it is full light by 5am. This morning there were notices on our community FB page of cougar sightings/prints all around us. This explains why the resident deer have "gone to ground" so to speak. We are on the north edge of town, not far from a favorite water source of a local creek. Last fall I was stalked by a large cougar when out walking in the early morning haze. Guess my walking with trek poles will be a bit later!

On the subject of trekking poles, how are you doing with yours, @johnbishop ?
Ginger

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@gingerw You are brave . I wouldn't venture out with a lion lose . Glad you got back home safe and sound.

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@fiesty76

@lioness, My osteo doc prescribes daily 1200mg of calcium and 5000mg of Vit D3 for my bones. I also take the Reclast infusion once/yr.

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@fiesty76 I also take 5000 of D3

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@lioness

@gingerw You are brave . I wouldn't venture out with a lion lose . Glad you got back home safe and sound.

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@lioness This is their territory, we are visitors. Commonsense safety precautions. That is why people in this little town are quick to let everyone know when there are critters around, two-legged or four-legged.
Ginger

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@gingerw

@lioness This is their territory, we are visitors. Commonsense safety precautions. That is why people in this little town are quick to let everyone know when there are critters around, two-legged or four-legged.
Ginger

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@gingerw You are so right . I always give them their territory . I had a bear one time come close to me when walking so just let it go on its way .

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@lioness

O.K. ladies . I had a bad sciatica attack and went out walking even though each step hurt it did help I walked up the road and back about 1/2 mile was exhausted but after resting my back felt much better . I did have to ice it for the swelling but all in all if I can do it in that much pain You can too. So have a good walk breath the fresh air this will lighten your step

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@lioness, Linda, I am so glad your back felt better after your walk. Sciatica flares are painful to say the least but I have also found if I can propel myself out for even a brief walk it seems to bring some relief…maybe stretching muscles ? dunno ?

Sleep positions for comfort seem the hardest to find for me. Have tried the pillow under the knee/hip; changing the bed elevation. Do you have frequent problems with sciatica attacks? What seems to help you most?

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@fiesty76

@lioness, Linda, I am so glad your back felt better after your walk. Sciatica flares are painful to say the least but I have also found if I can propel myself out for even a brief walk it seems to bring some relief…maybe stretching muscles ? dunno ?

Sleep positions for comfort seem the hardest to find for me. Have tried the pillow under the knee/hip; changing the bed elevation. Do you have frequent problems with sciatica attacks? What seems to help you most?

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fiesty76 Yes that walk and stretching before walk helped out a lot . I usually don't have problems with my sciatica but was in a bad position for it to flare up . Stretching is the key to us who are up in age . If we dont do this we will be cripples and won't be able to get out of bed . With this virus still rampant how are you doing? and is there a lot in your area . I'm afraid it will come back with everyone not abiding by the rules ,mask, washing hands and I wear gloves when out to grocery stores . Have a good day

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@lioness

O.K. ladies . I had a bad sciatica attack and went out walking even though each step hurt it did help I walked up the road and back about 1/2 mile was exhausted but after resting my back felt much better . I did have to ice it for the swelling but all in all if I can do it in that much pain You can too. So have a good walk breath the fresh air this will lighten your step

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@lioness You are so brave! It would be hard for me to walk with a bad case of sciatica. I have that every day. Be glad to get the surgery over with and it's coming up fast. We are leaving Saturday. Love to you. Jeanie

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@lioness

@lillypaws . You are going to be fine . God is you guide and counseler so don't fret . You have faith in the surgeon and God so let them do the work ,recover, do as Dr says , he may want you to go to rehab for awhile . If he does I would suggest you do . They can do wonders there for a person. Talk about spelling . I think as I have gotten older my words have escaped me in spelling BE good to your self . I will be waiting to hear how it all went . Good luck .

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@lioness You are so sweet. You made me feel better. I am really upbeat today. Yes, I am pretty sure I will have to have some PT. I have been to one for my back and neck. She helped my neck, but couldn't help my back. Yes, God is my guide and counseler so I won't fret. Take care and I can't wait till I can join you walking group. Love to you. Jeanie

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