There has been a lot of talk about electric vehicles lately and whether or not they’re an effective tool to strengthen your body and lose fat. E-bikes are a perfect option for those who want to make transportation fun, they raise our heartbeat but give us time to rest when we feel burnt out.
Although riding an electric bike isn’t as physically demanding as traditional cycling, it cannot be disregarded when it comes to outdoor activities!
The advantages of an E-bike
The main attraction of electric bikes is their pedaling: the machine gives you a boost, ultimately reducing the impact it has on your thighs and knees. You will be able to do longer routes without sweating profusely, and you will be faster in completing those routes. This is a big plus for people who care a lot about their time management.
Learn the basics
After you’ve purchased your first E-bike, there are some things you should be aware of. The most frequently asked questions are those regarding pedaling: yes, with most electric bikes, you must pedal if you want the vehicle to move. Even if your E-bike has a throttle, you will need to pedal when going uphill. Don’t worry, you won’t be too tired since electric bikes don’t require super-fast pedaling.
It is also good to know that E-bikes can be ridden like regular bikes, without power. You can even switch to electric power in the middle of the ride when you need some assistance.
As we’ve already mentioned, the lower impact on the body will make it easier to ride the bicycle without losing all of your strength. Some people even enjoy riding their E-bike in office clothes since they won’t ruin their attire.
More reasons to start cycling
Not many people understand how budget-friendly cycling is. You will only have to buy your vehicle and recharge batteries once in a while. Imagine all of the petrol and diesel money you will save by not driving a car! However, you should know that electric bikes price varies and that you can first start with a budget E-bike.
There is also something incredibly attractive about electric vehicles, and knowing that they are a more eco-friendly option. They’re more energy-efficient and will ultimately lead to better air quality, which directly correlates to our health!
Train your strength
The best way to train your muscles is to use resistance to your advantage. Although cycling isn’t the most obvious pick for strength training, it is a good start. That is if you do it correctly. E-biking targets many muscles, such as hamstrings, glutes, quadriceps, triceps, and more. It is also an amazing way to strengthen your core.
The benefits are countless: you will increase the strength of your muscles, ligaments, and even bones, you will improve the function of your joints, and strengthen your heart.
So, how do you do strength training properly on an E-bike? Firstly make your cycling dynamic. Don’t just sit while driving; try standing and working on your core that way. Also, pick routes wisely; you should try and ride uphill to engage your muscles even more. Don’t forget to increase the resistance on your bike to make it more challenging! Lastly, make sure that your core is tight and engaged while pedaling.
Improve your endurance
Our overall health should be a top priority, and keeping our heart and lungs healthy is precisely what endurance training does. This type of training is also perfect for anyone looking to lose weight. After a while, you will notice a decrease in your resting heart rate (which means your blood can pump more blood with a single heartbeat) and better circulation in your body.
When using an electric bike to train endurance, you can choose either low-intensity or high-intensity training. Low-intensity rides allow your heart to have a steady pace while slowly building your endurance. This is especially good for people who aren’t used to exercising or for those who have been overworking themselves.
High-intensity cycling is more effective in increasing your heart’s capacity. It is also a much better version for fat loss. However, you need to know that high-capacity training isn’t good for everyday exercising: you should do it perhaps two days a week and slowly build it up!