Something we’ve touched on in the past, but haven’t gone into detail with, is how much you can improve your health when you start riding an eBike. With that in mind, we’ve gathered some of the many health benefits you stand to gain when you begin exercising with an electric bike. Whether you are a long-time bike rider or someone brand new to our favorite hobby, we know you’re going to love riding on one of our eBikes. If you would like to learn more about getting started, you can either visit us here in Portland or give us a call to talk with one of our exceptional and knowledgeable staff members.
Sustained Aerobic Exercise
Studies have shown that exercise can have a massive impact on your ability to fight off disease. This is especially true when it comes to aerobic cardiovascular exercise, as it increases your heart rate, pumping oxygen-infused blood throughout your body more efficiently. When that blood travels through your body, it is supplying your muscles and organs with the oxygen and nutrients they need to function properly. That has the added benefit of strengthening your immune system, which makes you more prepared to battle against disease and illness. In fact, by increasing the amount you exercise, you can avoid things like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and depression.
Riding an electric bicycle is a fantastic way to improve your fitness, as it is an exercise that elevates your heart rate for an extended and sustained amount of time. With that boost to your cardiovascular system, the American Heart Association says you can help prevent heart disease and stroke, the number one and number five highest causes of death. Because bike riding can be too high impact for many people due to health issues or nagging injuries, an electric bike makes it more possible to do. The decreased impact on joints and assistance from the motor ensures more people than ever can get the two-and-a-half hours of moderate aerobic exercise a week they need to stay healthy.
Riding More Often
With decreased impact on joints, you’re able to walk away after a long ride on an electric bike without the pain and soreness you’ll find with a standard bike. That naturally makes going for a ride much more enticing, because you know you’ll get the exercise you need without the painful side effects that typically follow. When you’re able to avoid that pain, you’re more likely to pick up your eBike to go for a ride. As you would expect, the more you ride, the more you can improve your health.
The assistance from the onboard motor will also make it easier than ever to go farther on your rides. Taking on steep inclines is no longer a task to dread, as you won’t have to strain yourself nearly as much to reach the top. Because you’re in control of when the motor assists you, this gives you the freedom to customize your riding experience and further improve your fitness.
While the average commute for most Americans is around 25 minutes, many others spend far more time in their cars. Sitting in traffic is just one of the many factors that is contributing to our increasingly stagnant lifestyles. By commuting on an eBike instead, you’re able to stay active as you make your way to and from work. Remember, it is recommended to get at least two-and-a-half hours of exercise a week. Even if you just ride your electric bike to work three days a week, you’ve already knocked out a big chunk of your weekly exercise goal, if not the whole thing. We know after a long day of work, it’s tough to convince yourself to work out. However, when you make exercise a part of your trip back home, all you have to do when you arrive is take a nice, hot shower. Additionally, an eBike’s motor will make your ride faster than on a standard bike, which means you don’t have to worry about adding a bunch of time onto your commute.
Strengthening Bones, Muscles, and Joints
An eBike is heavier than a standard bike, typically weighing in anywhere from 40 to 80 pounds, with the motor and its mechanisms accounting for that added weight. With that extra weight, an eBike has the added benefit of improving your strength throughout your body. Everything from steering to pedaling and balancing all provide a strengthening exercise that helps promote stronger and healthier muscles, bones, and joints. This helps to prevent joint and bone conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis, and chronic lower back pain. You’ll also notice a big increase in your body’s core strength, which is being constantly engaged as you balance while riding. When you take on a lower impact workout like riding an electric bike, you’re able to improve your bone strength and reduce your risk of osteoporotic fractures, making this a perfect exercise for seniors looking to stay active.
Seniors and People with Health Issues Can Keep Exercising
Not only does the low-impact nature of riding an eBike help prevent new injuries, it also helps facilitate exercise without aggravating existing injuries. For older people looking to work out while working around arthritis or other sore spots, an electric bike allows them to get the health benefits of cycling without bringing on extra pain. This goes for people that are working their way back to health after injuring themselves. By flipping on the motor for a little extra assistance, it allows riders to judge when they need to rest their body without stopping, which helps to avoid injuries that come from overexertion.
Beyond bone, muscle, or joint issues, this added exercise is also incredibly helpful for seniors looking to avoid illnesses such as diabetes or heart disease. Many seniors develop debilitating health problems as they get older and their risk of contracting these diseases increases exponentially when they aren’t getting enough physical activity. As people get older, they are more likely to forego exercise due to pain or other health issues making them feel unable to participate. However, many people (regardless of age) have noticed that working out actually helps them avoid chronic pain issues. That is due to the increase in blood flow carrying oxygen and other nutrients to parts of the body to help them stay healthy. When you are stagnant, your body is not able to pump blood to those pain areas, which prevents them from healing.
The adjusted design of an electric bicycle also makes it a perfect option for former bicyclists that had to give up the hobby due to carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, knee pain, or other issues. Not only do they allow for a more comfortable cruiser style position, most eBike motors can be engaged at a variety of levels, which allows the rider to determine exactly how much assistance they need to make up for sore knees or an aching back. This has made electric bikes a fantastic option for people going through physical therapy and rehabilitation, as they are in control over how intense the workout is. With a measured approach, eBikes allow for more people to keep riding for years to come.
While you may think we’re biased, and maybe we are, we’re consistently surprised by the new information that is being discovered regarding an eBike’s impact on health and fitness. All of these benefits also make an electric bike a perfect choice for someone with a loved one that is passionate about biking, as it allows a biking newbie to join in on a ride while keeping them up to speed with someone more experienced. With electric bikes suited for new bikers and old riders alike, The eBike Store is your go-to source for eBikes in Portland. Whether you stop by our store to check out our inventory, rent an eBike for an afternoon, or take one of our wonderful guided tours, we’d love to hear from you soon!