I just had an (idiotic) end-over crash this morning, falling heavily on my side. Not badly hurt, just big scrapes on my arm, side, hip, and bruises. But I suspect I might have slightly cracked a rib - in any event, it's bruised. I can't breathe deeply, cough, or laugh without it hurting. I am not much of an athlete and have not encountered this before, so I tried to look up general advice on what to do for rib injuries. Everywhere I've read said that the only thing is to let it naturally heal, but to avoid straining it and to "rest". A lot of websites said a minor crack could take 3-6 weeks to heal, as long as one "rested".
Since a lot of the information I found was aimed at runners and other athletes in high-impact sports, I was wondering, does cycling count as not "resting" if I don't overdo it? I can't see how it would strain my ribs except for breathing hard. I need to get my front wheel fixed up first, but after that, would it be okay for me to hop back on the saddle? I'd hate to stop cycling for several weeks but don't want to inhibit my recovery.
Sorry if it's a dumb question, I'm new at this getting-banged-up stuff and would appreciate any advice.