Don't underestimate the health benefits of using an electric bicycle

Sales of e-bikes are surpassing those of standard bicycles in some countries, and with good reason.

David "Mr Active" Katz dispels the notion that using a battery-powered bike means cheating when it comes to maintaining fitness.

He points out that although you have assistance, you are still pedalling yourself. And of course, there's the added benefit to the environment if it means you're ditching your car to e-bike.

You're buying a bike that you can use more often, not just to ride in the early mornings before work or on weekends, but you're getting something that you can utilise as a major form of transport more often.

David "Mr Active" Katz, Journalist and producer

So you're getting those health benefits and of course the benefit to the planet for those people who're saying, we need to start making a difference.

David "Mr Active" Katz, Journalist and producer

These health benefits apply especially to people who feel they're not fit enough to cycle as the promise of assistance from battery power, especially uphill, can finally get them into the saddle.

Katz says, granted, you might not be working as hard on an e-bike might as on a standard bicycle but it still puts you in an aerobic threshold which can be sustained for a long period of time.

You're still cycling, you're still getting that work... maybe you're someone who's already doing 20 kilometres, but all of a sudden you're doing 50.

David "Mr Active" Katz, Journalist and producer

Katz also has tips on how to find second-hand e-bikes in the sound clip below:


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