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.