It’s a question which vexes many. Is riding an e-bike somehow cheating at doing “real” exercise? Is the pedal assist facility shorthand for sitting back and letting the e-bike do all of the work? The answer is a resounding no.
Let’s start with the basic benefits. A MATE e-bike can travel between 80km/50 miles to 120km/75 miles on a single charge, allowing the rider to go further for longer, getting more fresh air and exposure to the natural environment as they go. The pedal assist on MATE bike is just that, an assist, the rider still pedals, but exertion feels less, making it a more fun to ride, and allowing the user to arrive at their destination feeling fresher than while using a traditional bike.
The Research Has It
Riding an e-bike maintains and promotes fitness in fit people
It has been proven in many studies, including this one from the Brigham Young University in Utah, that like cycling any bike, riding an e-bike will increase your aerobic fitness level. Their research with ultra-fit mountain bikers who used an , showed that using the e-MTB pushed the rider to 94% of their top heart rate while riding.
Riding an e-bike benefits riders of any age with health, weight and fitness challenges
The PEDAL study created with the Life Cycle UK, a charity that improves lives through cycling projects in partnership with Bristol University found the fitness levels of people with Type 2 Diabetes improved by 10.9% after using e-bikes like the MATE City for six months.
Cycling 20 minutes a day can half your risk of dying from a heart related disease
The average commute on a MATE e-bike is 30 minutes each way, giving riders of all ages an hour of daily cycling time if they commit to the habit. The result of this, according to cardiologist Dr. Amar Singal, is that cycling “keeps weight under control, but also helps build stamina and increases muscle and bone strength. Unlike hard gym training sessions, it doesn’t put you at risk of overuse injuries or sprains. This is why it can also be taken up by elderly people who have arthritic joints.”
Cycling improves mental health and anxiety disorders, promoting wellbeing and happiness
Everyone knows fitness activities promote a feeling of wellbeing thanks to the release of endorphins. A more specific study from the British Medical Journal shows cycling is proven to actually reduce stress;15% more of people who ride a bike every day are satisfied with their lives than people who haven’t biked since childhood. Plus, a 30 minutes of exercise boosts creativity, memory and feelings of positivity.
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