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E-bikes and Positive Mental Health
E-bikes and Positive Mental Mealth
It's well known that exercise has many positive effects on the body. While just going for a walk on a regular basis dramatically increases your quality of life, running, cardio and cycling can boost your metabolism, improve your muscular system and make you happier overall. Obviously, daily exercise isn't ideal for everyone, as it just isn't always possible to find time in your day to work out. Or is it?
E-bikes are one of the most entertaining ways to do your daily commute and a unique way to get exercise. Recent studies show that e-bikes have amazing effects on mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and sleeping patterns, making them perfect gifts for yourself and your loved ones. To find out more, keep reading.
Exercise helps in overcoming stress, anxiety and even depression
E-bikes are one of the best ways to exercise without feeling like you’re exercising. Naturally, you don’t have to pedal as much or as hard as a conventional bicycle in the same distance, but you can find ways to make an e-bike experience closer resemble a conventional one by choosing a lower wattage motor, or by turning down the pedal assistance. The harder you want to work, the lower you set the assistance level. As a bonus, the harder you pedal, the longer your e-bike's battery range!
But e-bikes offer more than just a healthier body, they can also offer a healthier mind. According to related studies, the endorphins your body releases as you exercise can lead to an improvement when battling negative feelings, depression and anxiety, as well as reduce pain. While you’re running your daily errands with your e-bike or taking it on an off-road adventure with your friends, you’ll know that you’re getting more than just fun time.
E-bikes mean better working cognitive functions
Riding e-bikes is also very beneficial to cognitive function, including memory, since aerobic exercise increases blood flow to the brain. This applies to e-bikes as well as conventional bikes. This is particularly great for seniors who are considering buying an e-bike. Studies have shown that aerobic exercise is effective in counteracting hippocampal decline in old age, which can positively effect these memory centers and prevent or slow Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease in some people.
High-quality exercise leads to high-quality sleep
Exercise is one of the best ways to improve the quality of your sleep, as it helps reduce the cortisol level of your body. Cortisol is a stress hormone and excess amounts can lead to difficulty sleeping. In this way, regular aerobic exercise will help balance your sleep cycle, keeping you alert during the day and making you sleepy at night. Using an e-bike during your daily commute or exercising with an e-bike will therefore lead to a better night's sleep.
Self-consciousness encouraged by e-bike riding
Now, this is where e-bikes stand out amongst most of the other ways to exercise. Riding an e-bike requires staying focused, present and careful, and this focus on your surroundings takes your mind off the stress of daily events while improving other cognitive functions. Add to this the serenity felt during nature rides and you'll never underestimate the power of nature. The fresh air enjoyed while riding an e-bike is the best antidote for a stressful day.
E-bikes have their own community
One of the great things about e-bikes is how easily you can socialize through them. Almost all cities and companies have their own e-bike community to get you connected with like-minded individuals and get you socializing. Friends always mean more reasons to stay motivated.
So if you want to experience numerous ways to improve your (or your loved ones’) mental health with an e-bike, all you need to do is to choose one!