Electric Bikes Encourage More Exercise
Bike to better health on a trendy e-bike. Researchers randomly assigned 32 overweight Swiss volunteers without diabetes to ride either a regular bike or an e-bike (which has a small, battery-powered motor that helps you pedal) for at least 3.7 miles three times a week. After four weeks, the e-bike riders had boosted their oxygen capacity—a measure of heart health—63 percent more than the other riders. E-bikes, the researchers say, allow riders to achieve higher speeds and climb steeper hills. That not only improves fitness but encourages riders who might otherwise struggle to keep on pedaling. You can find an e-bike at online retailers, sporting goods stores, and Best Buy.
Source: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, May 1, 2018