I’ve Fallen, and I CAN Get Up

Female and male runner stretching in nature

I remember one time, when I was about the ripe young age of 40, visiting with my late mother-in-law and her sister and niece, all much older than myself.

I can’t recall how it came up, but the conversation turned to the subject of falling. These three ladies talked about it for a long time, taking turns admitting that they had a very real fear of falling down and not being able to get up, and how falling and breaking a hip could be the beginning of the end for them.

How do we get to that point? When do we lose our ability to maneuver? When do we decide to give power to the fear of a possible mishap?

Don’t get me wrong, a bad fall is a bad fall, and to be injured to the point of not being able to get up is serious business regardless of one’s age. That is scary.

But to fear that if we fall down, even without injury, we would not be able to get back on our feet—that’s a heck of a concern to carry around day in and day out!

Obviously the best strategy is to stay strong and limber enough to be able to recover from a fall. Even if we don’t enjoy “working out” like a gym rat, it is absolutely in our best interest to stretch and exercise enough to maintain a level of “functional fitness.”

We need to stay active! If we don’t use it (muscle), we lose it. Let’s keep moving. Let’s walk a little more, take the stairs once in a while. Dance—even if it’s just at home (where we can truly dance like no one is watching!). How about an exercise class or group activity that’s fun? Water aerobics is a great way to exercise your whole body, and you can push yourself to whatever level of exertion is right for you. Tai chi is great for balance. Let’s try to stretch a little tiny bit every day!

And if you fall, if you’re not injured, do everything in your power to get back up. The longer a person stays down, the lower the chance of making a complete recovery. Below is a link to a fun video about creative problem solving to help you in the event that you do fall at home.

Armed with knowledge, we can let go of the fear of falling. Lots of accidents happen when we are rushing through the current activity to get to whatever comes next. I try to remind myself every day to stay very present, to be fully attentive in each moment. Slow down, be deliberate.

Moral of the story: Stay active—do little things, fun things. Stay strong! Be mindful, not fearful. Enjoy the video!


Category : Blog Posted on June 15, 2016

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