There are varying levels of rib breaks - varying levels of pain and inconvenience, that is!
Certain activities should be approached with caution:
lifting heavy objects
lifting your arm
moving - at all
bowel movements - even those with high fiber diets
sex - without orgasm
Activities that are off limits:
coughing - although it is recommended that you cough to keep fluid buildup out of your lungs
standing out of the saddle while pedaling on a bike
twisting at the waist
sex with orgasm
leaning laundry basket against ribcage
pulling metal window shutter up
cobblestone or offroad riding
I am off for NYC this Friday to speak at the Veggie Pride Parade pep rally. The parade is Sunday in Union Square Park. My time slot is 2:50pm. For those of you who will be in Manhattan this weekend, come visit me at the IDA (In Defense of Animals) booth. I am their spokesperson. I was a little nervous performing in front of many thousands of people until i realized that i've done this dozens of times before - only it's without a bike this time around. OK, maybe its a little different...but i will at least be armed with my mom's sage advice. She told me to put my mouth close to the microphone so i dont have to yell (see point #7 in my "activities to approach with caution" list).