We often hear that while an ebike is good and practical, cycling on an analog bike is what you do for exercise. The assumption is that because an ebike assists you, the quality of exercise is not the same as other fitness regimens. Well, we're here to tell you (along with the support of some research studies) that ebikes are the ultimate wellness tool.
Read on to learn more and make sure to read our blog post on how to make your ebike the ultimate wellness machine.
Physical Exercise Made Easy
Studies consistently show that regular physical activity is crucial for maintaining good health. The World Health Organization recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week (that's around 25 minutes per day). Your ebike can be a key ally in achieving this goal. A study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity found that while pedal assist ebikes (throttle operated bikes were not included in the literature reviewed) require lower levels of physical exertion than non-electric bikes and walking over the same distance, the increased activity overall and ease of use meant that they encourage more people to engage in regular exercise, a very good thing indeed in our ever more sedentary world.
Stress Reduction and Mental Well-Being
Research indicates that using alternative modes of transportation, such as biking, can significantly reduce stress levels. A study published in The BMJ found that commuting by bike was associated with lower perceived stress and improved mental well-being. So now you know: it's not just your imagination that you fell better after a bicycle ride!
Improved Cardiovascular Health
Cycling, even with the assistance of an electric motor, provides an excellent cardiovascular workout. A study published in the Translational Journal of the ACSM found that e-biking not only met the intensity level required for healthy physical activity as defined by the World Health Organization, but also that most participants had a positive perception of ebike use. Having more fun doing necessary exercise makes for greater use and increases motivation to be active. The pedal-assist feature on ebikes also enables you to maintain a steady pace and choose the intensity of a workout, promoting cardiovascular health without putting excessive strain on joints or muscles.
While ebikes are the best way to get around and do practical things, the fitness benefits are often overlooked - cheating is still a buzzword for the uninitiated. But as is clear from the above studies, ebikes are the ultimate fitness tool in that they offer exercise all while going about your daily life.
If you aren't already using your ebike for fitness, make sure to read this blog post to learn how.