Yes. Electric bikes can help build fitness and improve overall health. They provide an effective workout and help improve cardiovascular health.
Health and Fitness Benefits
Health authorities recommend adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week. Luckily, riding an electric bike is classed as ‘moderate’ exercise. For many of us, a daily commute will allow us to hit our 150-minute target. Electric bikes have a higher average road speed and that means more air flow and less effort. The end result is you can easily wear the same set of clothes you wear to work without arriving sweaty.
Those of us who spend a bit too much time in front of a computer (or on the couch!) will get the greatest health and fitness benefits. However, there are universal benefits as eBikes allow all of us to incorporate more physical activity into our lives.
A 2016 University of Colorado Boulder study asked car commuters to use an electric bike for their commute to work and found improvements in the riders’ cardiovascular health, including increased aerobic capacity and improved blood sugar control.
Another University of Brighton study found that 73% of people said they would cycle to work at least once a week if they had an eBike (compared with 29% for regular bicycles). 59% of the people in the same study reported an increased level of physical activity. Participants also reported a 20% decrease in miles driven.
With an electric bike, a cyclist is able to control how much assistance they receive. For this reason, eBikes have proven to be helpful to people with chronic injuries and illnesses and for people recovering from surgery or illness.