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Old 02-03-2012, 04:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What I learned today

At work I started to give my staff little tips on wellness. Things I've learned here and on other sites.

One thing which sort of gave me an aha that's why I'm in this journey is that being overweight puts huge pressure on your joints. For each extra pound of excess weight on your body, you add 3 times that amount of pressure on your knees. This means that 10 extra pounds equates to 30 pounds of pressure grinding down. And when walking up stairs, multiply your extra weight by 7. Thirty pounds of pressure just became 70 pounds. Over time, this force wears away your cartilage, leaving an area of arthritis.

As you lose weight and reduce the pressure on your joints, the cushioning between your bones will build back up. A 10 pound weight loss over 10 years may result in as much as a 50% decrease in your odds of developing osteoarthritis.

Now of course I have experienced this first hand but was really fascinating was that you can reverse the damage to the conditioning. I'm sure not in 100% of the all cases but I am continually amazed at the body's ability to rejuvenate.

I stole this from Dr. Oz
Highest weight October 1st, 2011 247.6
Starting weight January 3rd, 2012 227.8
January pounds lost 7.8 = 220
February pounds lost 4.4 = 215.6
March pounds lost 2.6 = 213 (do better in April)
Total 14.8
Goal weight 160.4

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