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No Pain, No Gain? Maybe if you are a SQUIRREL

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Originally that “no pain” mantra meant you needed to experience discomfort to make progress.
Sadly, many injuries were incurred by those taking it literally. Unless, it seems, you are a squirrel.


We have many bird feeders and bird houses and many assorted critters who also like the seed.
Most are content to eat what falls to the ground as the birds consume their “buffet”

Not this guy. I’ve watched him leap from a tree limb, aiming for the feeder, slipping off and falling to the ground. Undeterred, he climbs the tree again and repeats the exercise until he is successful. Then the ravenous little rodent eats until he loses his grip or the feeder is empty.

Do squirrels get DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness)?
There are days when the squirrel is MIA or maybe just one of the ground group.

“Delayed onset muscle soreness is the pain and stiffness felt in muscles several hours to days after unaccustomed or strenuous exercise”

I took 2 rest days last week because of DOMS.
It wasn’t from any “strenuous” exercise. At my age I am well aware of the danger of overdoing it.

They were just easy Spark videos, 2 of my favorites.
I’m used to the warning advice.

“Use a pillow under your head or support it with your hand if necessary to avoid neck strain”
Then about the stretching exercises.
“Remember you never want to stretch into pain. If you do, you are going too far”

I know both of these very well. I just didn’t notice or anticipate any problem
Oops, until the next day, I guess I did “go too far.”
Lesson learned AGAIN.

It’s those “unaccustomed” movements that get me every time.
I once twisted a knee during an overly energetic Zumba session.
The great music obscured any signals my body was giving me.
It took a LOT of rest to get over that DOMS episode.

So back to my decades-long solution. REST and come back STRONGER
Also, I can still focus on those movements that are not impacted.
Chair exercise using smaller hand weights, reducing intensity & distance of mileage, just enough movement to avoid stiffness and falling into a pattern of “why bother”

As for the squirrels, the “squirrel proof” bird feeder (Christmas present from DD Hayburner1969) is finally in place and working just fine. The little birds now get inside and can eat undisturbed not only from squirrels but also from the bigger birds who would scare them away. It’s their own little sanctuary.



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  • TOMATOCAFEGAL
    Brave, bold squirrels.
    52 days ago
  • NOTALOSER1
    Neither a squirrel nor possum I. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. Enjoy your weekend.
    54 days ago
  • POLSKARENIA
    We used to always put up squirrel’baffles’, which are plastic domes just below the feeders and they really do baffle the squirrels!
    55 days ago
  • JAMER123
    Our tree branches are too high to put feeders on so I have them on our deck with over the deck hooks. The squirrels get the food all the time. Fun to watch though.
    55 days ago
  • ERINGRAHAM0926
    Squirrels are so awesome. They always make me smile
    55 days ago
  • 1ZIPPYC
    DOSM-I have found out the hard way too. I need to back off if I overdo. I also find that if I don't do something everyday, even mild exercise, I have more painful arthritic pain and muscle stiffness. Then I don't sleep as well either. That's good you're aware of your body signals too and do take care of yourself. emoticon

    Also, be on the watch for rats and mice going for birdseed on the ground. Next thing you know they are looking for a way to get in your house. Squirrels too. Been there. That's why we don't have bird feeders any more. Besides these critters know where to find food in the wild and there is plenty for them. Even in the winter, according to my research. That way I didn't feel bad about cutting them off. Our neighbor did the same. Nothing like having mice, rats chew into your AC wires, cable wires and car wires. Or squirrels climbing your screens or digging up flower bulbs. Yes, that happened to us too. emoticon
    55 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/24/2021 8:59:37 PM
  • SCDALYNCH
    I have a squirrel just like that. He or she eats and leaves. I also have deer that come at night and eat any seeds on the ground.

    The birds this year were beautiful. We have had very cold weather and many different birds. Since we are limited in going anywhere the birds have been wonderful. Our big window has been a great place for the cat to watch the birds.
    55 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/24/2021 7:55:53 PM
  • MAW_OH
    Squirrels sure love bird seed!
    55 days ago
  • THINCPL2004
    Squirrels have to eat too, there was a video I seen where a guy set up a obstacle course for Squirrels in his back yard. The reward was a whole feeder of seed and nuts!
    55 days ago
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  • KITTYHAWK1949
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    55 days ago
  • THOMS1
    Squirrels gotta eat too I always say. Love watching the birds and squirrels and lets not leave out those rabbits in our back yard back in Wisconsin. emoticon
    55 days ago
  • no profile photo RACHNACH
    Yes, I keep telling myself I have to come back slow but sure. I am 81 and had total hip replacement last week on the 17th. I am now doing almost 5000 steps/day which is far from my usual over 15,000/day. I must do exercises every hour and walk 5 min every hour. I will get back to my usual routine in a few weeks, I hope.
    56 days ago
  • DONNALEE-53
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  • SHAKERATTLEROLL
    Intense love does not measure, it just gives.
    Mother Teresa
    56 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/24/2021 10:25:31 AM
  • RUTHIEBEAR
    I am constantly amazined at the gyrations of squirrels in my yard. I agree, it is easy to overdo at our age. My mind thinks it can do so much more than my body does. emoticon
    56 days ago
  • JUNETTA2002
    Thanks for sharing
    56 days ago
  • UPTOIT59
    I laughed at the squirrel story - my dad had a thing about not feeding the squirrels back in the day. Finally he gave up and bought a corn holder for the squirrels that would spin and in his sadistic way - he feed the squirrels but made them entertain him at the same time. LOL the squirrels would never let go until they had gotten every kernel emoticon .
    56 days ago
  • FRITZYS_MAMA
    I am prone to overdoing it and way overexercising. I have a huge tendency to get bulimic so I have to be careful about my eating and exercise. I take medication and had to go to therapy for a long time for this. Just like people can fall into the trap of not exercising enough, it can be just as easy to get obsessed with exercise and compensatory behaviours and overly obsessed with health! Can you imagine nutritionists telling you you are TOO obsessed with nutrition? I had many an argument with nutritionists to the point that I won't see them anymore. My doctor told me last time I saw him that I should be a dietician.
    56 days ago
  • DARCY-B
    My ex-father-in-law is an enemy of the squirrel!

    56 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Nice feeder! Great for the birds! I know only too well about DOMS; I push myself too far at times and they when I am laid up with pain, I say, "Hey you big dummy, what did you prove by that!"
    56 days ago
  • AZMOMXTWO
    I know DOMS and I do listen to my body most of the time and I take my rest days

    I love the bird feader that one is great
    56 days ago
  • ETHELMERZ
    I just paid $225 to have my attic patched up from squirrel holes, they got in and had families, would not leave. They tore up stuff, chewed wiring, etc. Not very cute, then.
    56 days ago
  • LIS193
    Like you I twisted a knee in Zumba class. It was my first class (and last!) - I could hardly walk for a week afterwards and stairs were agony!
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    56 days ago
  • RKOTTEK
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  • MARYJEANSL
    I do love that bird feeder! I always used to love feeding the birds. I haven't done it in
    this house, because we really don't have a window that allows me to see a feeder.
    I miss it. My mom always fed the birds, and all of her children have, at one time or
    another, followed suit. I believe I told you about my mom's squirrel who did what yours
    does - leap at the feeder from a low wall that isn't even that close - and eventually
    get there and pig out. My sister always said that Mom had the fattest squirrels in
    the entire state of PA, lol!
    56 days ago
  • no profile photo GREYTDOLPHIN
    We have brave squirrels in our yard. They jump on our windowsill and stare at us. One sits on the step on our side door and looks in. It drives our 3 dogs crazy.

    It's so frustrating to think we can do exercises that we had done maybe even 5 years ago only to discover that they are impossible now. Arthritis in the spine doesn't help. Oh, well, it was a beautiful, sunny day here in St Louis and the snow has melted. All is well.
    56 days ago
  • PATRICIAAK
    enjoyed the squirrel determination!

    56 days ago
  • QUARTERMASTER3
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  • MTN_KITTEN
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  • DOVESEYES
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    56 days ago
  • HAYBURNER1969
    DOMS for squirrels? Ha ha, what a funny thought! We’ve got some real gymnasts in our yard, too. I added two more squirrel feeders so they have more convenient places to feed. Also, they don’t like safflower seed. They turn up their noses!
    56 days ago
  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    I'm always amazed at the squirrels who will not stop. I relate them to The Terminator. Most of them end up successful. I always try to think of who they would relate to in our society. Maybe Bill Gates, Michael Jordan, Fred Astaire?? So in essence, these pesky squirrels are Supersquirrels.
    56 days ago
  • PATRICIA-CR
    You gave me a good chuckle with the squirrels. Great comparison!! I hate DOMS and try to avoid it at all costs. DOMS is a very painful reminder to pay attention to the warnings and to remember what happens if we don't do the recommendations. emoticon
    56 days ago
  • DESIREE672
    Absolutely! Follow what your body tells you!

    I had a Pilates trainer who was the age of my kids and looked not much more than half my weight. I wouldn’t do moves I felt were risky, however much she urged me to, because in the past I’ve paid for moves I was suspicious of for many months afterwards. We can get fitter and still respect our instincts.


    56 days ago
  • BKNOCK
    The squirrels drive me crazy! I can't believe the way that they can climb up the side of the house!
    I love that feeder!
    56 days ago
  • DARLENEK04
    I can hear you on the stiff/sore........I fell out of bed during a nightmare last night, David
    tried to catch me, but hit the floor hard on the left hip and shoulder....I see me calling the
    dr. tomorrow for a shot in the hip and back if I can talk him into it.
    As for the exercising, I have learned to watch what I'm doing...recently I hurt both my
    shoulders trying to jump in and get doing some weights...........sigh..........>
    My squirrels have learned to lean over from the pole and pull the bird feeder close to
    them, so checking Lowes tomorrow for something they won't be able to use that way...
    maybe a straight up n down stick without ivy leaves for them to sit on.

    56 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/23/2021 7:40:47 PM
  • BJAEGER307
    I like that bird feeder. I have a new one that I'm not pleased with. The birds are constantly fighting to get onto a feeding spot. Next feeding season I think I'm going to find something else that is a little bigger. Thanks for the photo as I will look into something like that.
    56 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    I hope you are feeling better. Exercise is great, but yes, it can definitely take a toll if we push to far.
    Those squirrels are houdini's! They just don't give up until they find a way. I am doing my best to keep them away from our feeders!
    Have a lovely evening!
    56 days ago
  • LINDA!
    At age 65, I also have to pace myself during certain workouts. I hope that your soreness is gone.
    56 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Take it easy. No need to push it. More isn't always better.
    The squirrels are always having their ups and downs.
    56 days ago
  • WHYNOTTRY45
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  • WATERMELLEN
    Listening to the body when it says enough or (more likely after the fact) too much!!

    I love my squirrel-proof bird feeders!! They are made by the "squirrel buster" company!! Really essential in Ontario. But haven't seen any squirrels yet here in PEI!!
    56 days ago
  • WOOFERCOALBOY
    Oooo! Love the squirrel-proofing! My cousins' house has 4 hummingbird feeders, bee-proof, but I don't remember seeing seed feeders that are squirrel-proof! Gift idea! Thank you!
    56 days ago
  • NANANANA
    Squirrels are interesting critters.

    Sometimes DOMS can come from normal activities like walking and climbing stairs.
    56 days ago
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  • RAZZOOZLE
    Love the bird feeder. emoticon
    56 days ago
  • PHEBESS
    Age gets to all of us, doesn't it? I tried jumping up to pull down a hanging piece of broken branch and nope, landing even on soft grass is no longer what my knees are willing to do.

    Oh well, I can still walk and swim and garden without jumping.


    56 days ago
  • SHAWFAN
    Love that new bird feeder! Something to save up for later this year...maybe. We have the same issues with squirrels and larger birds like crows or the other ones I usually get confused with crows. A lot of Sparrows too. So, the little guys can't get in there.
    My husband says he'll make me another "shepherds hook" for the other side of our yard for more bird feeders. He hasn't gotten around to it yet. Of course, it doesn't help that our dog gets herself tangled around the one currently out. We've moved it as far out as we can and she still manages sometimes. emoticon
    As for DOMS, I'm always forgetting to stretch after exercise, no matter what kind. Usually wake with a charlie-horse or some type of cramp. BIG OUCH!
    Thanks for the reminder. Will work on this too. Especially since I've been working on shoulder exercises to improve my archery skills. emoticon (Can't believe they don't have an emoticon for archery!)
    56 days ago
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