Biking is a great way to have fun and be active at the same time. So today we’re talking about electric bike health benefits that you can obtain, simply by biking more!
Using electric bikes provide the same benefits as regular cycling, but with the added bonus of a little extra help when needed.
Let’s crack into the top 9 electric bike health benefits that you can expect when using your ebike!
1. Improved Heart Health
It should be no surprise that biking boosts your heart health.
Using your ebike means that you’re working all the muscles in your legs to propel you forward.
This means that your muscles need oxygen and fresh blood to carry that oxygen.
Your heart has to work harder to push more blood through your body. Which is a good thing!
Working out your legs also works out your heart, making it stronger and better.
In fact, biking is so good for your heart researchers from the University of Glasgow have found that biking can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
These studies followed more than 200,000 full-time employed adults from 40 – 69 years old. They were commuting to work every day on their bikes.
If you can’t find time to exercise, then replacing your commute with an ebike ride might be the way to do it!
Help yourself and help your heart out while you’re at it!
2. Weight Loss
Another fantastic result of ebiking more, is the weight loss associated with exercise!
If you’re feeling just a little bit too heavy or you want to tone up a bit, ebikes can help you achieve that dream.
Couple dieting with regular exercise like biking and you have yourself a killer combo!
The average road biker can burn 40 calories every mile (1.6km) travelling at 15mph (24kmh).
If your commute takes you 1 hour each way, five days a week, you could burn 6,000 calories a week!
Compare that to your sedentary driving commute burning… 600 calories a week? And those are just the normal calories your body burns to stay alive!
So jump on your ebike and go biking right now! Future you will feel much better for it.
3. Increased Mental Wellbeing
Physical are all the rage when talking about being active and healthy. One thing to never forget is your mental health!
Exercise is a great way to refresh your mind and increase your wellbeing.
I always find that getting myself out in nature is such a great way to relax and unwind. The trees rustling overhead, the crackling of the gravel underneath your bike. Nothing beats a great ride in some great natural scenery.
Exercise also promotes a healthy mind.
Exercise release endorphins to stimulate your brain and provide euphoric feelings. But exercise also helps the release of growth factors. A chemical in the brain that promotes brain cell growth and health.
Also getting active indirectly improves your mood and sleep and reduces stress and anxiety.
If you’re feeling a little down, go for a bike to replenish your brain and mind!
4. Live Longer
One study of previous Tour de France cyclists found that on average they lived to be 81.5. Compare that to the average 73.5 for the rest of the population. I know which I’d prefer!
Living longer is probably the result of all of the other health benefits that biking has.
But you and I might not be as athletic as your average Tour de France cyclist. However, the study also had good news for us!
For those who went from car commuting to bike commuting, they could expect another 3 – 14 months on their life.
It’s not too much extra, but it’s also better than nothing right?
Jump on that bike and ride those extra months into existence!
5. Better Lungs
In this health benefit, all is not as it would seem.
Better lungs as a result of biking is due to the reduced amount of pollution that is inhaled.
A study by the Healthy Air Campaign found that cyclists experienced 5 times less pollution than those travelling in cars.
It may seem surprising, but essentially cyclists can easily go past all the pollution from other cars. No waiting in traffic with your air vents sucking up the pollution from other cars.
Healthy lungs means more air to get oxygen to your muscles and more power to your legs!
6. Less Injury
Cycling is a low impact, non weight bearing exercise.
Unlike running, where your entire weight is placed through your foot every time you step, biking does not do this.
Most of the weight is supported by the bike at any given moment meaning your joints aren’t used as heavily.
This is great for reducing the amount of injury you get from exercising.
When comparing runners and cyclists, researched found some interesting results.
Runners experienced 256% more inflammation and around 138% more muscle damage.
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness was also 87% higher for runners.
If you’re also recovering from injury, ebiking is a great way to get moving again without much stress on your injury.
And if you want less time recovering from injury from exercise, choose ebiking to suffer much less injury!
7. Improved Sleep
Researchers have said that a drop in fitness of about 2% for men and 4% for women results in sleep problems.
It’s not 100% known what causes these sleep problems. But it is thought to be due to the increased anxiety from lack of exercise that introduces sleep problems.
Weight is also a problem that can negatively affect sleep. Exercise helps stave off weight gain, which could result in our sleep problems.
Also, have you ever been fully exhausted after a good workout and hit the pillow and instantly fall asleep.
I have and it’s the best. Getting in some great exercise during the day can help you sleep like a baby!
Make sure you don’t fall asleep while you’re on your bike!
8. Better Immune System
Researchers at the Appalachian State University studied the effects of exercise on immune health.
It was found that exercise helped to increase the health of the upper respiratory system. Resulting in less instances of the common cold.
They continued on to say that sick days can be reduced by about 40% when exercising most days of the week.
If you’re a business owner, this is a great article to share with your colleagues to help them exercise more. Effectively reducing their sick days and everyone is happy, healthy and productive.
The perfect mix for a functioning and fulfilled society!
Researchers from the University of Cape Town suggest that mild exercise helps to increase production of essential proteins. These proteins “wake up” lazy white blood cells.
Sickness beware of the healthy ebikers!
9. Less Risk Of Diabetes
We know that there are lots of bad diseases and disorders out there. One of those is definitely diabetes.
But as a lucky ebiker, you’ll find that just 30 minutes of exercise a day is a great help.
With just those 30 minutes a day of exercise, you shave 40% off of your chances of developing diabetes.
This is the result of a large scale study in Finland.
I don’t know about you, but this makes me want to get on my ebike right now and go riding!
Bonus: Boost Your Energy Levels
This last bonus electric bike health benefit is great for everything and everyone!
You’ve always wondered how you can get your energy levels back, right?
Maybe you’re not as energised as you used to be.
Or you’re finding yourself tired halfway through the day?
Jump on your bike and over time you’ll get increase stamina.
Increased energy will also result in more enthusiasm.
You’re just going to be a much happier healthier person overall.
Who doesn’t want that?
So The Electric Bike Health Benefits Appeal?
You must be super glad you bought your ebike, or are about to buy your new ebike!
Looking at all these health benefits it’s hard to continue commuting to work by car.
To continue to let those sunny days pass you by?
Join me on this massive health movement and grab an ebike to increase your health.
And ultimately your life too!
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So jump on and ride away healthy!