The popularity of electric bikes has been blamed for the decline in physical activity. In fact, this results in a reduction in transportation time.
The public health agency RIVM reported that only 44% of citizens managed to meet the target of 2.5 hours of moderate to vigorous exercise per week. This proportion has been declining since the coronavirus pandemic. Indeed, in 2019, 49% of people managed to reach the target level.
Are electric bikes contributing to the decline ofphysical activities ?
Teenagers and young adults are becoming more and more involved in sports. However, their level of physical activity remains below the standard. In fact, they spend much more time per week cycling to school, work and in their free time. However, it appears that more than half of new bikes purchased are electric bikes.
On average, young people aged 12 to 17 spend 48 minutes less per week cycling to school. They devote 51 minutes less on their time free than in 2019, even if the number of days they go to school has remained the same.
According to Tessa Schurink, one of the RIVM researchers, it is clear that e-bikes have a bad influence on physical activities. One possible reason is that an e-bike can travel a greater distance in less time. As a result, users spend less energy.
The RIVM is also concerned that educated young people and adults spend most of their time sitting. This increases the risk of diseases and illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and depression.
Is the electric bike a means of transport for lazy people?
Researchers have studied this question based on numerous studies. According to their conclusions, an electric bicycle constitutes a means of physical exercise, but at reduced intensity.
More precisely, an eBike allows you to cover a greater distance and climb steeper slopes. This means of transport encourages the practice of physical exercise during the day. It is suitable for people wanting a gradual return to physical activityin particular because of the possibility of adjusting the level of assistance.
In short, the electric bike is a great way to get back into shape. However, care must be taken to ensure that the assistance mode is as low as possible.