So, last week I moved away from using light dumbbells to trying bodyweight exercises. Since I have CKD I am not allowed to lift heavy-weights, so I thought pushups would work better for muscle toning and increasing strength. After increasing the number of reps by one each day, I started to notice pain under my right breast. So, I stopped for a day to see if the pushups were the issue. It appears it was and when looking at the image below you can see why. I probably overworked a muscle that I don’t think dumbbells target, the Serratus Anterior. It is not worth the pain as I have to lift residents at work also. So, for now, while it heals I will go back to dumbbell work and then do a lower number of pushups for a few weeks before adding more reps.
Pushups are a great way to tone and strengthen with no equipment needed. You can do them anywhere and they are quite effective. Do you do pushups? The image below source https://www.alesstoxiclife.com
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