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!

@gingerw

I walked some but not as much as was planned. We had a light snowfall overnight. And I went to breakfast with the neighbor. This was after a bad night trying to get decent rest. But the takeaway is I did walk today, and will walk again tomorrow.
Ginger

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@gingerw– By the time that I was ready to walk I was coughing up a storm and with temps in the 20's I decided not to go outside. I use to be able to walk in this type of weather after my first lobectomy at 5:30 AM every morning with my pup. We'd do 4 miles, doing a loop along the river and then up and around my neighborhood, up a huge hill and home! I'm also almost 22 years older now with a lot more taken off of my lungs. I might not be able to do 4 miles again but I'll head that way! It's supposed to warm up today and my cough settled to a low ahem and throat clearing. See you out there!

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@martft4

Wow most exercise I’ve gotten in awhile.
Kept putting it off and I thought nope! I’m going to get this started and not wuss out.
I need to get my strength back up and even though I feel ready for my recliner I’m going to keep moving for a bit.
Thank you for giving me the push I needed to do this.

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martft4- Good job! It can become addictive!

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@merpreb

martft4- Good job! It can become addictive!

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Hello All you Walkers and Exercisers – Great job everyone on getting up and moving. I know from experience that what you are doing is not easy. I am also certain you will feel better for it, both physically and psychologically.

I am proud of you all!!!

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@merpreb

@gingerw– By the time that I was ready to walk I was coughing up a storm and with temps in the 20's I decided not to go outside. I use to be able to walk in this type of weather after my first lobectomy at 5:30 AM every morning with my pup. We'd do 4 miles, doing a loop along the river and then up and around my neighborhood, up a huge hill and home! I'm also almost 22 years older now with a lot more taken off of my lungs. I might not be able to do 4 miles again but I'll head that way! It's supposed to warm up today and my cough settled to a low ahem and throat clearing. See you out there!

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@merpreb Waving at you from the other side of the country! I am headed out after checking emails. It is a balmy 32.
Ginger

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I did some walking yesterday, 2 hours, or about 3.5 miles. I was rather tired, maybe too ambitious of a start. We had 60 degree weather here! I love 4.5 hour drive from Rochester, MN…. unusually warm, global warming!

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@martft4

Wow most exercise I’ve gotten in awhile.
Kept putting it off and I thought nope! I’m going to get this started and not wuss out.
I need to get my strength back up and even though I feel ready for my recliner I’m going to keep moving for a bit.
Thank you for giving me the push I needed to do this.

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@martft4 and @lioness. Great job!
“Walk more, think more!”

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@1065408

Hi Becky. This is my first experience with a group walk. Would you like us to report in, or are you just encouraging us (wonderful) to get moving? The weather today was great, a day without rain, and feeling pretty well, my walk was in the supermarket, (I hope that counts). Walked for 28 minutes, slow with stops for items, but moving none the less. Right now I’m getting my breath back to normal. Definitely needed to rest a bit. Thanks for putting the group together and the encouragement.

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@1065408 Grocery store works!

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@gingerw

@merpreb Waving at you from the other side of the country! I am headed out after checking emails. It is a balmy 32.
Ginger

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@gingerw the lower the temp, the faster I walk so I can get home sooner!

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@merpreb

@gingerw– By the time that I was ready to walk I was coughing up a storm and with temps in the 20's I decided not to go outside. I use to be able to walk in this type of weather after my first lobectomy at 5:30 AM every morning with my pup. We'd do 4 miles, doing a loop along the river and then up and around my neighborhood, up a huge hill and home! I'm also almost 22 years older now with a lot more taken off of my lungs. I might not be able to do 4 miles again but I'll head that way! It's supposed to warm up today and my cough settled to a low ahem and throat clearing. See you out there!

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@merpreb. Don’t try to start with 4 miles! Start slow!

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@contentandwell

@lioness Thanks Linda. It really was very disappointing.

Sounds like you did a lot of exercise today, that’s great. I planned to go to the pool but the drive there and the thought of getting wet changed my mind. I did my bike instead. So far it does not seem to have bothered my bursitis.

I am pretty well. Hanging in there.
JK.

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@becsbuddy

@merpreb. Don’t try to start with 4 miles! Start slow!

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@becsbuddy– lol, I couldn't if I wanted to!

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@mayofeb2020

Greetings from not so sunny California.. Last week it was in the 80s, today it was down to the 50s when I started. Was going to do a second round but felt raindrops, glad I went early. Maybe if the rain stops, I will go out again later. I had a TIA at the beginning of the year, Dr. Put me on statin even though my cholesterol is ok. Then Xeralto, a blood thinner, I found out that Xeralto can cause weakness in the legs, together with the statin, I found it hard to go the long distance. I was on the lowest dose of statin every other day, so I can't blame that on muscle pain. I hope these side effects will get better.. Anyway, I'm glad I'm in this group. I need the motivation.

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@mayofeb2020 Any distance I’d good! I’m glad you got out! Becky

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@becsbuddy

@gingerw the lower the temp, the faster I walk so I can get home sooner!

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I did this today too! It was colder than I expected, so I got in a brisk 20 min walk during my lunch today, definitely moved faster due to the cold! I started my walking program last Monday with 15 minutes, on 5 days. I have really enjoyed the 15 min walking video from Leslie Sansone recommended in earlier comments. I am incorporating healthier eating with this walking program as well. I am already feeling so much better, stronger and more energetic. Thank you!

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If you are still recruiting, I’m in. I have arthritis if the knee caps and a heart irregularity that causes mild angina. Doctor recommends 30 min. per day 5 or 6 days per week. I’m to slow down if I get angina. I’m already up to 20 min. per day so I will start there.

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Glad you are joining! This is not a marathon, there's no requirement for how fast one walks, just do the best you can. Some days when I can't walk 30 minutes at one go, I will do two 15 or 20 minutes each time. It's get moving that counts.

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