Age becomes a serious deterrent when it comes to unrestricted mobility, especially physical mobility. As you age, particularly crossing 55, you become more vulnerable to various health conditions, e.g., weaker muscles, decreased strength, slower cognitive functioning, etc.
Yet, it is always encouraged that the older generation keeps itself physically and mentally active to avoid the effects of deteriorating health in old age. One excellent way to do so is e-biking! Since biking is regarded as a low-impact sport, e-biking becomes very age-appropriate for seniors, offering various surprising benefits of owning and riding one, as discussed below.
1) Does not require great physical exertion
One of the most appealing benefits for senior riders is that e-biking doesn’t require great physical exertion, thanks to its motor-assisted peddlers! This makes biking a less strenuous and more enjoyable exercise, perfect for senior riders who are more likely to struggle with exhaustion.
Moreover, health conditions, such as arthritis and bad knees, common in older people, significantly limit the amount of physical exertion, requiring extra care and caution. With e-biking, you do not have to push yourself too hard or worry about aggravating your joint pain. On the contrary, physiologists recommend e-biking as one of the top most beneficial activities for managing arthritis or bad knees.
2) Helps prevent age-related health issues
It is no surprise that as you reach a certain age, you start becoming more prone to various health conditions. Therefore, physical exercise is a must to avoid serious health concerns and maintain good health in old age. As e-biking is an aerobic sport, which means that it helps cardiovascular functioning, it is excellent for older people. Many health-related issues (heart problems, diabetes, cancer) find their roots in poor cardiovascular functioning, which then poses a greater threat in old age.
Riding your e-bike for about 30 minutes daily helps maintain healthy cardiovascular functioning, regulate blood flow throughout the body and increase breathing rate, and limit the risk of succumbing to various age-related health issues. Moreover, along with prevention, it also helps in managing any existing health issues.
3) Significantly improves mental well-being
How does e-biking ensure mental well-being, especially for older people? With age, you become less likely to engage in physically and mentally stimulating activities. Therefore, it is recommended to look for activities that are less tiring and more invigorating.
Taking out your e-bike regularly, or even weekly, can give you something to look forward to, giving you a sense of independence, confidence, and excitement, motivations such as these which tend to lack as you reach a certain age. Moreover, e-biking allows for more enjoyment as it demands far less physical exertion, so you can fully engage with your surroundings without worrying about tiredness.
4) Promotes healthy socialization in older adults
The elderly tend to be at a greater risk of social isolation from other members of their community, which may negatively impact their mental well-being. Ensuring that the older members of your community are as much a part of it as anyone else, e-biking is a great way to encourage healthy socialization.
Biking is preferred when it comes to outdoor activities that involve group participation. With e-biking, the shared experience becomes more beneficial and fulfilling, as travel routes can be enjoyed without getting tiresome, thanks to the bike’s motor-assisted peddlers.
5) A flexible choice for older people
E-biking includes features that make it very age-appropriate. As discussed above, its most helpful feature is that it provides electric assistance, which can be changed according to what one may prefer, making it easier for senior riders.
E-bikes allow for customization! You can add step-through frames to get on and off the bike without much effort. Another new feature that can be added is the shock-absorbing suspension fork, ensuring a smooth ride when riding on uneven roads or rugged terrain. The seats, too, are designed keeping in mind the comfort factor, which is highly prioritized by the senior riders.