4 Health Benefits of An E-Bike

2 September 2021

There has been a surge in recent years of Australians purchasing e-bikes. This is partly due to them being a better alternative to driving for the environment. E-bike sales are the fastest-growing segment of the Australian bike market, and it shows no sign of slowing down.

Something to bear in mind when purchasing e-bikes is the law. It is permitted to ride e-bikes (called pedelecs) with an electric motor with a maximum continuous power of 250 watts. It is operated by pedalling at a top speed of 25km/h.

As more and more people find that e-bikes are for them, it isn't only the environmental impact that is a big draw. Contrary to popular belief, electric bicycles can be just as beneficial, if not more so than standard bikes, for your health and a great way to get exercise into your day.

Great for Heart Health

We all know the health benefits of exercise; however, cardiovascular health is essential, and riding e-bikes is a great way to improve your heart health.

Cardiovascular health refers to your body's ability to receive and use oxygen while transferring and eliminating carbon dioxide. When you ride an e-bike and get moderate exercise daily, your body gradually adapts to the action by producing more efficient capillaries that can exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide at the lungs and muscles and more red blood cells to carry the gases more easily.

Your heart will become stronger over time, meaning it can pump blood with less effort, which is excellent for improving your fitness levels and overall health.

Improved Strength and Muscle Tone

Riding a bike is a great way to improve your strength and improve muscle definition, especially in the legs. While there is no doubt your legs are doing a lot of the work when riding an e-bike, so is your core too.

As you are riding your bike, you will be using your core to steady yourself and adapt your riding position to the terrain, especially if you are riding off a normal road surface. This can help you to develop more muscular core strength.

Increased Metabolism

Even riding your e-bike for short journeys uses energy and burns calories. The more you use your bike, even for quick trips to the shop over going by car, the more energy you will be burning.

Regular and consistent riding can increase your metabolism so you can constantly burn more energy. This can help you maintain or lose weight if you desire and help you get rid of any energy build up from non-activity.

Reduces Stress

Getting out into the sun and getting regular exercise has many mental health and physical health benefits. Not only does exercise release endorphins, which can help to boost your mood, but activity allows you a release and a chance to clear your head of everything that is going on.

This is true for riding e-bikes, walking, running, or any form of exercise and can be increased by partaking in physical activities outdoors in the sunshine to get the added benefit of fresh air and vitamin D.

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