Start exercising at 50 and feel the benefits

Beginning exercise later in life, in your fifties for example, has huge health benefits. Those who increased activity levels from 50 to 60 ended up living as long as those who were already exercising regularly by middle age. In other words, it’s never to late to start exercising and the benefits are comparable to giving up smoking.
We regularly hear from new electric bike owners who tell us that getting out and enjoying long cycle rides has all sorts of benefits for their health, mental wellbeing and sense of independence. An unpublished Australian study we came across several years ago suggested that assisted pedal cycling increases the heart rate without placing the sort of strain on the cardiac muscles that more vigorous exercise would bring, strain which can be risky in some people. Assisted cycling offers aerobic exercise without the need for a change of clothes or a towel to mop up perspirtion, something you can do every day.
So if you’re over 50 and keen to start exercising regularly again, we have just the thing to help you.
BBC’s report
The British Medical Journal’s report

Get on your bike for a no-sweat workout

A new study shows that intense exercise for as little as 6 minutes a week has significant health benefits. Bursts of exercise, such as short sprints on your bicycle can help prevent diabetes and heart disease according to Dr Jamie Timmons, and exercise biologist at Herriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

In simple terms, these intense spurts of activity burn up energy stores in the muscles, allowing more blood sugar to be absorbed and taken out of your system before it damages your body.
So next time you’re out on your electric bike, get the nearest Lycra-clad cyclist in your sights and go hell for leather to catch them up, overtake them and leave them in your slipstream – it’ll do you no end of good.

Power-assisted bicycles good for the heart?

There is some evidence that using an electric bike in power-assist mode is a useful form of exercise. Power-assisted cycling allows the rider to stay in a zone of useful aerobic exercise for extended periods of time; pedalling a normal bike brings a higher heart rate, but this cannot be maintained by many riders and may even be harmful (or off-putting) for those who are less healthy.

The research was carried out by the Institute for Transport Studies at the Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University in Australia. Geoff Rose offered the following information on the research:

“The research involved fitting an individual with a heart rate monitor and comparing the readings when a standard course was ridden on a conventional and electric power assisted bicycle. The data for the journey on the E-bike highlighted that the peak heart rate was consistently lower than when on the conventional bike but still in the zone where there was cardiovascular benefit.”

Electric cycling may be ‘cheating’ but it keeps your heart healthy and beating! Clearly, more research needs to be carried out on this.