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Should We Use the Exercise Bike Daily?

author image Marie Mulrooney
Marie Mulrooney has written professionally since 2001. A retired personal trainer, former math tutor, avid outdoorswoman and experience traveler, Mulrooney also runs a small side business creating custom crafts. She's published thousands of articles in print and online, helping readers do everything from perfecting their pushups to learning new languages.
Should We Use the Exercise Bike Daily?
Ultimately, exercising every single day can be bad for your health. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Exercise bikes provide a low-impact, effective way of building fitness and burning calories. But even the hardest-core exercise programs advocate taking at least one rest a day a week. The harder and more frequently you work out, the more important those rest days become. If you're not willing to skip exercise completely one day a week, at least get off the bike and do something different, to reduce your risk of overtraining.

Watch Out for Overuse Injuries

Not only is overtraining in general a potential hazard -- especially if you're working out every day -- you can also develop overuse injuries by doing the same activity over and over again. So instead of riding your exercise bike every single day, take at least a day or two a week to cross-train with different activities. Similarly low-impact, cardio-intensive options include inline skating, swimming, rowing and pedaling an elliptical trainer.

Signs of Overtraining

There is such a thing as too much exercise -- even on something as simple and gentle as an exercise bike. Signs that it's time to give the bike a rest for a while -- or even seek professional help -- include decreased performance, excessive fatigue, chronic aches and pains, insomnia and an elevated heart rate.

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