This week, Al Roker celebrated a major physical milestone after his life-threatening health scare, noting that he walked more than 13,000 steps on his knee before having his knee replaced next month.
The Today host, 68, took to Instagram on Monday to post a photo of his Apple Watch to show that he logged 13,667 steps during his morning walk over the weekend.
“Yesterday was the #bestdayyet when it comes to my #bumknee steps ahead of the #kneereplacementsurgery in late April,” Rucker wrote in the caption.
He also thanked the meteorologist Start today The ‘family’ who took part in the show’s 30-day walking challenges to support them.
Al Roker, 68, celebrated by walking more than 13,000 steps after his life-threatening health scare late last year. He is scheduled to undergo a third knee surgery in late April
The Today host took to Instagram on Monday to post a photo of his Apple Watch to show he’d logged 13,667 steps, saying it was his “best day ever.”
On Tuesday’s show, Rucker explained that he was able to hit his step count with a combination of walking outside and walking on a treadmill in his locker room while getting ready for the broadcast.
He shared on Instagram a week ago that he was happy To walk over 10,000 steps again while facing his third knee surgery in two decades.
Before my left knee went south, the 10k+ day wasn’t much of a step. Today was day one, I felt so good walking that much,” he explained after hitting 11,184 steps. “But a 22-year-old’s knee replacement is just around the corner.”
In 2001, Rucker required surgery on his left knee due to a car accident and constant struggles with his weight.
“Due to complications, I stayed in the hospital for 11 days,” he said. today. “And after some difficult rehabilitation, they were back on the air a month later.”
Rucker also underwent a right knee replacement in 2016, a hip replacement in 2019, and shoulder surgery in 2021, among other procedures.
Rucker shared on Instagram last week that he was thrilled to walk the 10,000 steps. “But a 22-year-old’s knee replacement is just around the corner,” he added.
The Today star underwent his first knee surgery in 2001 after being in a car accident and struggling with his weight. He underwent bariatric surgery in 2002 (pictured)
Rucker has been outspoken about his weight loss over the years, and celebrated 20 years since having gastric bypass surgery on March 15, 2022.
A father-of-three faced a life-threatening health scare Late last year after suffering blood clots and internal bleeding.
he He underwent emergency surgery for about seven hours to treat two bleeding ulcers. Doctors had to remove the colon, remove the gallbladder, and repair a tear in the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine that connects to the stomach.
Rucker returned to the Today Show on January 6 after his two-month medical leave, which included a total of four weeks in the hospital.
He explained, “My doctor said that the physical condition I was suffering from because of walking – due to heart disease – may have helped save my life.”
On March 15, 2022, Roker celebrated 20 years since gastric bypass surgery, saying he will “never forget” how far he’s come since losing more than 100 pounds.
Rucker endured two hospital stays and a seven-hour operation for life-threatening health issues after suffering blood clots and internal bleeding late last year.
Rucker (pictured with his wife) returned to the Today Show Jan. 6 after his two-month sick leave
Celebrate the occasion on Instagram by sharing photos With his old jeans to show how they were half the size they were two decades ago.
“Hard to believe it was 20 years ago today,” he wrote in the caption, “I wore these Levi’s size 54 jeans to the #gastricbypass at 340lbs, and here I am today.”
“It’s still a struggle but I’m never going back,” he added. “I have setbacks and struggle every day, but I never forget how far I’ve come.”
He also shared footage of himself trying on an old Levi’s, which easily slid in without unbuttoning. The jeans were so big on him that it looked like they could fit another.
Rucker has continued to keep the weight off with regular exercise, including brisk walking, and healthy, low-carb meals.
This past June, he got involved I lost about 45 pounds by combining my daily walking routine with a low-carb diet.
“Exercise, not too hard – we’re doing a 30-day walking challenge – which, I think, improves your mental health,” he said on the show.