Exercise is a necessary element in our lives, as we all know by now. People who are more physically active are much less likely to develop heart problems, diabetes, cancer, stroke, depression, or die prematurely than those who are sedentary. But statistics show that, despite its benefits, a majority of us never exercise. When researchers ask why, most people offer the same two excuses that we hear all the time – they don’t have time or they aren’t fit enough to exercise.
Motivation for a Healthier Lifestyle
It’s time to change our everyday thinking. Health should be at the top of your priority list. Potentially, electric bicycles could be the answer to the problem. They’re fun and easy to learn. Their electric motors ease up your pedaling as needed — or, with some electric bikes, do the pedaling for you — making climbing hills or riding for long distances less discouraging than the same ride on a standard bicycle. In addition, you’ll also have a blast riding one :).
Strengthen the Core and Feel Better
While the electric bike can aid you up steep inclines and help you cover ground faster, it’s also considerably heavier than a normal bike (some are upwards of 70–80 pounds). Between steering and pedaling, your own output can translate into a solid workout, especially for your core, which has to brace you with every turn. The extra equipment makes it heavier, so you’ll get a more challenging ride when you’re pedaling without the assist.
Studies have shown that people who cycle to work experienced a 39% lower rate of all-cause mortality compared to those who didn’t– even after adjustment for other risk factors, including leisure time physical activity. (source)
Getting an electric bike can yield the same health benefits as doing a complete training program for a month. Cycling for an additional 30 minutes on most days of the week, combined with lower calorie intact, can achieve comparable results to that of doing three aerobic classes a week. As a well as improving physical health, cycling has a positive effect on emotional health – improving levels of well-being, tolerance to stress and self confidence. It even reduces fatigue, difficulties with sleep and a range of medical symptoms.
Commute Faster Around Town
Electric bikes are extremely useful in congested cities and hilly areas. Take San Francisco for example, where pedaling around would almost seem impossible. Furthermore, If you live in places such as Arizona and other hot climates, it’s tough to bike anywhere without becoming drenched in sweat. Electric bikes allow us to commute around more efficiently in cities and rural towns. It’s an investment that will pay itself off quickly. You can also get a light workout in during your commute to work, plus save on parking as a bonus.