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15 January 2021

How e-biking can benefit your health and fitness

E-bikes make cycling accessible for nearly everybody and are a great way to improve your fitness, even if you are completely new to riding a bike.

E-bikes are designed to make cycling feel easier but that doesn’t mean that e-bike riders are ‘cheating’ or getting less fitness benefit. For many riders it is the opposite, thanks to the assistance of e-bikes cycling is now within reach of everyone, so regardless of how much cycling you have done before you can improve your health and fitness with an e-bike. With the aid of the battery powered pedal assistance, which is only there when you need it, you are able to put in as much or as little effort as you like. Pedal assist helps you to get up to speed from stationary or on a steep gradient, then drops away, balancing its assistance with your own pedal power. Instead of cycling feeling too hard and the climbs unconquerable an e-bike allows you to ride further and faster, for the same effort.

When it comes to the benefits of e-biking on health the medical community are in full support “e-bike cycling reduces the risk factors for a number of diseases, including cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, some cancers, and Type II diabetes,” says Professor Chris Oliver, Edinburgh professor and orthopaedic consultant surgeon commenting on the Shimano European e-bike report and it is not just about physical health “people across Europe are now beginning to really appreciate that e-bike cycling also has positive effects on mental health. The mental health and neurological benefits have only recently become appreciated and include reduced risk of dementia, improved sleep quality, and a greater sense of wellbeing.”

“e-bike cycling reduces the risk factors for a number of diseases, including cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, some cancers, and Type II diabetes”

- Chris Oliver, Edinburgh professor and orthopaedic consultant surgeon

If you ever looked at cycling and liked the idea but thought ‘it’s not for me’ then it is time to try an e-bike. With an e-bike you won’t feel breathless from riding up hills or exhausted after every ride. Whatever age you are, whether you have done no exercise since childhood or had to stop sport due to an injury, an e-bike can help get you moving again. E-bikes make cycling more enjoyable and a practical choice for everyday use, as you start to build up your cycling fitness. 

Head along to our dealer locator and arrange a test ride to discover how much fun getting fit and healthy can be.