Despite what some naysayers might, erm . . . say, riding an electric bike can have a marked improvement on your cardiovascular health and fitness level. Just because the motor is there to help you doesn’t in any way play down the fact that you’re moving body parts and breathing fresh air by the lungful. If you’ve just purchased an eBike or are looking for new fitness strategies incorporating your old electric bicycle, check out these six recommendations.
1. Use an eBike as Part of Your Daily Commute
usually travel to work by car, choosing to ride a commuter electric bike instead not only helps the
environment, it helps you stay fit. Unless you’re working from home, in which
case an eBike down the stairs is less convenient.
Still, for all other purposes, eBikes are a great transportation option that lets you keep active while the attached motor gives a bit of help when needed. Riding an eBike also means not working as hard you would a regular bike, so there’s a lot less sweat. (Even better, no head-to-toe Lycra.) Trust us: your colleagues will thank you.
The EB7 Plus eBike is the perfect option for commuters.
With its 7-speed Shimano® gear system, it delivers a solid riding
experience that matches what you’d get with a traditional bike—only with an
electric boost when you want it or need it.
2. Replace Your Regular Bike With an eBike
If you use a regular bike as part of
your exercise routine, you can immediately switch it with an eBike and still
gain the benefits of cycling. You don’t need to use the motor all the time. You
can use an eBike to ride along cycle paths (check local laws, though), around
the yard or along the street. If you are into street riding, the motor
definitely comes in handy while going up steep hills, especially if
you are just starting your fitness journey. SWAGTRON’s®
EB11 electric cruiser comes with a Shimano® 7-speed
gear system and 26-inch wheels, just the perfect new toy to take Old
Faithful’s spot in the garage.
3. Take a
Ride With Your Kids
Keeping up with your kids while bike
riding is much easier on an eBike. Take it from us — when you hit 35, it’s easy
to strain your neck just by getting out of bed. When you have high-speed
children, it gets harder to stay ahead of them. Using an eBike, like the SWAGTRON EB9
Step-Through, means you
can rely a little more on the motor and not on your own quads to keep moving —
and it’s easy to mount!
When trying to stay fit, it’s
important to track your calorie intake and your physical activity. If
you’re at the stage of weighing your food and writing it down, you know how
much of a pain it is. Six almonds, anyone?
Components of your physical activity,
like your calorie expenditure, your heart rate, oxygen level and effort used,
are much, much harder to track. But they’re essential because they can show you
the areas you need to focus on, such as improving your breathing or going
faster, so you burn more calories. No matter what you need to track, there’s an
accessory or app that can do the job. So, strap on your watch or mobile phone,
hop on your eBike and start watching those numbers.
SWAG TIP: Most eBikes will have some means of tracking your distance, either through an on-bike display, an app, or both. All of our electric bikes have an on-bike display.
5. Take a
Trip to the Grocery Store
More often than not, we simply jump
in the car and head to the local store when we need a gallon of milk. You see
the chips that are on sale and a few other things, and before you know it,
there are a dozen other things in the cart — most of them high caloric; after
all, no one suddenly succumbs to a sale on Brussels sprouts.
An eBike makes you really think
about whether you need that extra packet of cheese, remember you’re carrying it
home. Put your helmet on, grab a backpack and ride to the store. You’ll
find that not only will you have gotten in a bit of exercise for the day, but
you’ve also enjoyed some fresh air and sun. Fewer groceries = less money spent
= healthier choices.
6. Plan a
tours are not only a great form of exercise, but they also allow you to see
landmarks and nature while traveling unconventionally. Small back-country roads
hold no fear when you’re using an eBike instead of a regular bike. You don’t
have to dread those slight undulations called hills by all but the most zealous
bikers. You can get a lot of help climbing from your battery, although you’re
going to need to put forth some effort yourself. And if you’re on flat roads
… well … you can simply go further and a little faster. Add a cargo rack, and your eBike can even handle extra
Bonus Tip: Don’t Rely on E-Power Alone!
You want to
get the most out of any exercise routine. And, when it comes to an eRideable
like an eBike or electric scooter, you also want to get the most out of your
rideable’s battery. While it’s very tempting to go all-electric and rely solely
on the electric throttle, that’s a surefire way to quickly drain the eBike’s
battery and burn the absolute minimum calories. Instead, make sure you have an
electric bike with pedal assist or some form of pedal-to-go function. That way,
you’re putting in some work, reaping the benefits and taking it easy on the
fantastic for those wanting to stay fit or those just starting on their
fitness journey. If you add the tips above into your daily behavior, you
can start getting healthier and have fun doing it.