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5 Ways Electric Bikes Help You Lose Weight

Weight loss benefits to riding an electric bike

Experts estimate there are currently about 200 million electric bikes on the roads today and that number is expected to grow significantly in the next five years. Many people choose to ride Pedego electric bikes because they’re fun looking and they’re fun to ride, whether you’re commuting to work or going out for a casual pedal in the countryside. Pedego electric bikes are also excellent for those of us who want to lose some weight. It’s true! Unlike thigh-masters and bow-flexes, Pedego bikes are proven to help their riders lose weight. For example, before she purchased her first Pedego, Rhonda Martin of Southern California weighed 457 pounds. Today, she’s down to 180 pounds and she’s completely changed her life. You can watch her testimonial video here.

And Rhonda is just one example of many. Why is it that riding an electric bike can help you lose weight? Here are 5 reasons:

Electric Bikes help burn calories

Cycling can burn up to 500 calories per hour! But on a traditional bike, that can be hard work, especially if you have a few extra pounds at the outset. A Pedego electric bike is the best of both worlds because it still encourages you to pedal, just like a regular bicycle, so you’re still burning calories and fat. But the difference is when you need to take a break, the motor kicks in and helps you along. Now some might say that riding an electric bike is like sitting on a couch and that you’re hardly burning calories but that’s not true. In a recent study, it was proven that riding an electric bike that has the pedal assist mode engaged helped the rider burn 444 calories per hour versus pedaling a traditional bike, which burned 552 calories per hour. That’s only a 20 percent difference! So the bottom line is, you’ll burn calories when riding an electric bike.

Electric bikes work you out without extra pain

High-impact sports such as running are hard on your joints. But cycling is a low-impact exercise and with the help of the motors that are on Pedego electric bikes, the impact is even less! So you won’t feel pain after electric biking like you would participating in some other sports.

Electric bikes laugh at hills & headwinds

There are very few places on earth where you go for a bike ride and not encounter some form of a hill. Add to that a headwind and getting out for a fat-burning ride on your traditional bicycle can be daunting. However, electric bikes allow you to pedal up hills and against the wind with ease. Just turn up the pedal-assist mode or twist the throttle and you’ll be flying along without having to strain.

Electric bikes are fun so you want to use them

We all have good intentions about exercising for our health but the fact is a lot of exercise options out there are boring. That’s where riding a Pedego electric bike is different. It’s so fun to cruise along the street or trail and watch everyone’s surprised looks as you zoom past. When your concerns about hills and headwinds are taken out of the equation, there are no more excuses to not get on your bike. There’s a reason Pedego’s tagline is “Hello…fun.” It’s because the second you get on one of our electric bikes, you can’t stop smiling.

It’s hard to eat while riding an electric bike

Ok, we say this partly in jest but the fact is electric bikes are so fun you’ll want to spend more time out riding one rather than on the couch watching Netflix.

A Pedego is This Doctor’s Miracle Cure

Miryam Liberman is a 64-year-old doctor living near Los Angeles who credits her Pedego Interceptor for helping her overcome a number of physical challenges. In fact, she says her Pedego is one of her best forms of physical therapy.

We read about Dr. Liberman’s amazing story in a recent Tech50+ article in which she is quoted as saying, “I bought it [her Pedego Interceptor] two years and three days ago. It was momentous because I’d been wanting to get an electric bike for almost 5 years.” Before then she says that anytime she’d ride a normal bike, “I just wouldn’t be able to because of my knee. It turns out that it was actually a common female problem with chondromalacia patella. It’s basically a loose kneecap that wanders off…”

Not only did Doctor Liberman find that a Pedego electric bicycle helped with her strengthening regime, she genuinely enjoyed riding so much, she started commuting the 17 kilometres to work. “It was always kind of my weird dream to commute to work by bike which is doable in this area but only if you’re quite athletic because we have a lot of hills and a lot of eight percent grades which is pretty steep. I was able to do that…”

She goes on to say, “I’ve been doing that commute now for a year and a half. It’s 23 miles roundtrip and it’s literally the best part of my day. There’s just no question. It’s wonderful. I use the Pedego to commute to work but I use it for every opportunity that I can ride, I use it to go to the movie theater, I use it to meet up with friends.”

Given her experience, and how important the throttle is for her convalescence, she has become a big advocate of throttles on electric bikes. “I tried riding my bike without a throttle for just one day, and my knees became incredibly painful because to initiate the bike movement, to get your momentum, you have to put some downward pressure and it takes about a second for the pedals to engage which is fine when you’re completely flat. But where we live, there are so many hills and of course, that’s exactly what the electric bike was made for. So anytime I would try to start the bike with any kind of incline, I would have to use more pressure and therefore my knee would start killing me.”

Not only has her Pedego Interceptor made her commute to work more enjoyable, she says she’s also noticed big changes regarding her fitness. “My shoulders are so much stronger, my core is stronger, then of course my legs. My energy. Appetite control. Weight control. Better sleep. How does any really good exercise change your life?…It’s awesome.”

To read the entire article about Dr. Liberman, log on to: Tech50+.

Liis on Life Pedego Canada

Pedego Electric Bike Transforms Life of Inspirational Speaker

Liis on Life Pedego Canada

Recently we came across a very moving blog post written by Toronto model, speaker and blogger Liis Windischmann and were so inspired, we had to give her a call. In the post she writes about how she borrowed a friend’s Pedego Interceptor electric bike (nicknamed “Sedna Seafoam”) and it transforms her life by giving her a new-found freedom of movement.

Liis told us she has been living with Hashimoto’s disease and Gluten Ataxia and for the past five years she’s felt “like a dog tethered to a very short leash.” Then one day she hopped on a Pedego and this was her response:

“I had no idea how much the electricity could carry me. I was in shock. And awe. And I burst out crying from happiness. In a few moments, I felt a multitude of possibilities open up.

For those of us without mobility issues, it may be hard to appreciate just how life changing a bike ride around the block can be. But for Liis it was transforming. “My mind exploded with ideas. In less than half an hour, I realized I could travel the world if my body couldn’t carry me long or far enough,” she writes. “I could visit the streets of Amsterdam and see the beautiful canals again, explore back roads of small towns, go around the lake every single day. I could buy bikes for those in need in the future –  opening up pathways of freedom the same way I have got to experience. All the visions in my head were of smiling faces – freedom mixed with sheer joy. In thirty minutes, my entire world opened up to new possibilities – simply by riding a bike.”

Liis on Life Pedego Canada

She also realized several things on a deep soul level, namely:

  • Freedom of movement makes you feel empowered and alive.
  • The importance of actions revealing what is in your soul – feeling athletic, looking athletic. Even if I wasn’t really pedalling, my soul was pedalling.
  • Being perceived as the active person you know yourself to be.
  • The importance of feeling the wind kissing your face, sunshine beaming down on you and inhaling fresh air.
  • The need to feel like we belong and not being cut off from the world. Smiling at toddlers on their killer trikes navigating the bike path. Happily making eye contact with a lovely older gentleman who tips his hat as you bike past.  Watching a family bent on a picnic day try to ignite their little barbecue – ten times over.

Liis’s insight that most impacted us and encouraged us to contact her to say how much we enjoyed her article was this one:

Feeling like YOU. The active YOU that has got stuck for some time.
The YOU you want to world to know. The REAL YOU.

Riding an electric bike is fun. But it can also be profound. Thank you Liis for showing us just how profound it really can be!

To read all of Liis’s excellent blog post, go to her website Liis on Life. And to take your own test ride of a Pedego electric bike contact us at info@pedegocanada.ca