September 23, 2017
Motorized Bikes: A Good Workout?
Wellness Tip

Motorized Bikes: A Good Workout?

by Berkeley Wellness  |  

Riding a pedelec (a type of electric bicycle) can provide a good workout, according to a study from the University of Colorado, published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology. These increasingly popular bikes provide an electric assist only when the rider is actively pedaling (unlike other electric bikes that do all the work for you).

In this “real-world” study, 20 people commuted to work at least three days a week (for a minimum of 40 minutes each of those days) on a pedelec, at their own pace. After four weeks, improvements were seen in blood sugar control, aerobic endur­ance, and power output.

Pedelec bikes—which make long and hilly commutes easier on the cyclist—“may especially help older individuals remain active,” the researchers wrote. Some localities, however, ban the use of electric bikes, so check your local laws before purchasing one.

Also see 12 Tips for Better Cycling.