When you are young, it is no big deal.
Frank Sinatra sang about it in the context of failure - pick yourself up, start all over again.
But, as you age, many have vision issues. Then, you lose muscular strength. Eventually, you may even lose the ability to pick yourself up if you fall. Seniors become fearful. They stop going out. They lose their independence, sometimes just from fear of falling.
Experts say one of the leading reasons why we become more prone to falling is because we lose muscular strength in certain areas. That is why so many anti-falling programs emphasize exercise.
This doesn't mean we have to work out at the gym for hours, either. The program I participated in last year, Stepping On, recommended eight exercises. Four are done daily and four are done every other day (or, three times a week).
As always, a disclaimer: if you are prone to falls, have a professional teach you the exercises. I can't emphasize this enough. This can be done by a trained instructor or a physical therapist. We were taught by trained instructors and two physical therapists.
I am not a qualified falls prevention instructor, so I turned to You Tube, and I found a video that has instructions for two of the exercises I do. One, the "sit to stand", I was taught to do daily. The other, the side leg raises, we do three times a week.
Could it be that exercise, which I hated so much when I was young, may just be the Fountain of Youth we have all be looking for? Maybe not youth, but it may save us from a cause of decline all too common in seniors. And that fear, which robs us of quality of life.
Do not go gentle into that good night.