fall <fôl> (verb) 1. “move downward, typically rapidly and freely without control, from a higher to a lower level” // 2. “lose one's balance and collapse”
Falls are usually a result of an accident.
a misplaced step
a slip on an unseen object
a moment of dizziness or vertigo
a loss of our sense of placement in space
a misjudgment of our own ability or strength
a miscalculation of the sturdiness of another object
Depending on how you were raised, or on the kind of mindset you’ve embraced as an adult, a fall is either an invitation to retreat and take fewer risks . . . or it is a challenge to become stronger and test your limits again.
If surveyed, I would guess than upward of 75% of our population reacts to the risk of falling with doing less.
Yet, what our bodies actually need are for us to do more.
We need to . . .
build our strength,
increase our mobility,
improve our balance.
I fell last week. I dropped approximately 8 feet to the ground after a missed grasp at a hold I was reaching for.
The result? Two dislocated fingers and a month’s worth of hand exercises.
After the incident, my thoughts over the following 24-hours included:
“that was so foolish of me”
“but I almost had it”
“it’s time to act my age”
“but I don’t want to act my age”
“my physical decline has begun”
“this is actually a call to increase my strength”
The truth is that most of us are going to experience a fall at some point in our lives. It’s more of a when than if.
But the real question is “what kind of shape are you going to be in when it happens?”
Maybe two dislocated fingers is just dumb luck.
But . . .
No broken bones
No back or spine issues
Hardly even sore the next day?
I often speak of the power of exercise, to . . .
improve our mood
But an equally important benefit of exercise is that it widens our ability to absorb life stressors . . . emotional, mental, physical.
There’s no question that I am very fortunate . . . that I did’t get seriously injured.
There is equally no question that the padding of muscles, the flexibility of a mobile spine, and the strength of bones exposed to weight training helped to create that good fortune.
What kind of shape are you going to be in the next time life drops you?