Week 5 – Day 6

Care of our beautiful knees.
This picture from the athletic advisor site shows the anatomy of a knee. Knees are quite complex and given the amount of pounding they take each step WE take, it’s amazing to me that they support us for such a long time in our lives.

More than 30 years ago, I broke my patella while roller skating (not inline, 4 wheel roller skating) and since then, I’ve had issues with one of my knees. I’ve even been told that I will eventually need a knee replacement, which considering my many marathons (walked/jogged, not ran), and my long distance walking I’ve likely shortened that timeline quite a bit.

One fact that I came across while reading the hundreds of articles on the Dr. Oz show’s website, each pound of weight loss was associated with a 4-pound reduction in knee-joint load. That adds up to 4,800 pounds per mile walked. Lose 10 pounds and you’ll reduce the load on your knees by 48,000 pounds per mile walked!

My upcoming Camino (which will include some time in Portugal) will end up being a walk over more than 1,100 km (683 miles) – therefore a 10 lbs loss would reduce my Camino knee-joint load by more than 3.2 million pounds ! Now there’s a HUGE additional reason for working towards a lighter ME!

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