Body Weight And Your Knees!
Too much weight takes a toll on your knees.
With each step you take on level ground, you put one to one and a half times your body weight on each knee.
So a 200 pound person can put 300 pounds of pressure on each knee. Off level ground, the news is worse: each knee bears two to three times your body weight when you go up and downstairs, and four to five times your body weight when you squat to tie a shoelace or pick up an item you dropped.
If you're 50 pounds overweight, the simple act of climbing stairs or squatting to move from the washer to the dryer puts hundreds of extra pounds of force on your knees.
With all this in mind, it's not surprising that carrying extra weight is related to knee pain and arthritis.
Obese people are 20 times more likely to need a knee
replacement than people of normal weight.
If you would like some help on how to get started on your exercise program, contact me for a complimentary consultation.
Your Health Coach, Christine!