Using an e-bike instead of a car is obviously a contribution to a better environment and less climate change. But do e-bikes also promote health or do their electric motors make everything too easy?
Riding electric assisted bicycles is also a form of exercise but riders have to use them more often than regular bikes, or cycle longer distances, to expend an equivalent amount of physical energy.
Elling Tufte Bere and three other researchers at the University of Agder in Kristiansand, Norway, have compared e-cycling with normal biking with a focus on time spent and exercise intensity.
“Everybody knows that cycling is a great physical activity but we wondered what exercise a person gets on an e-bike, as these have become so popular. Could they be too easy? This is what we wanted to find out,” says Elling Bere, a professor at the Faculty of Public Health, Sport and Nutrition at the University of Agder.
Bere was surprised by the results. E-cycling proved to give more exercise than he expected.
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