My knees were painful because of Osteoarthritis. I was trying to avoid pain thinking I would hurt myself. I was losing mobility. I couldn't even carry my groceries to my car. I had to lean on my grocery cart to walk. Then I got mad. I told my husband that I wasn't going to put up with it anymore. I was going to push myself as far as I could.
He was worried that I would injure myself, so I reassured him that I would not let that happen. Now some of my mobility has returned. I sometimes push too far and have to rest the next day. Some days I can't walk without a cane. Yet, overall I can do more.
Later, I read a study where two sets of people with Osteoarthritis were given two different instructions. One group did limited activity. The other group did as much as they could. The result is that the group that did as much as they could did not wear down their joints more than those who limited their activity.
I regret all the times I did not hike now that I can't. My goal is to one day hike again.
The scale doesn't measure improved health, reduced pain, and a better lifestyle.