One common complaint surrounding e-bikes more than anything else, is that it causes you to cheat. Well science to proves otherwise! Studies have investigated the health-effects of electrically assisted pedal cycles (EAPC's), and they rule out these misconceptions.
This specific study was compiled of 33 people, all who had to do a six-mile distance on a regular mountain bike, and an e-bike. After, the participants had to measure their heart rates, and when they did, it was found that riding an e-bike requires almost as much physical exercise as riding a traditional bike.
The average heart rate of a test subject riding an e-bike was 93.6% of those riding conventional bikes. Most importantly, however, the vast majority of participants said they didn't feel as though they had a workout riding the e-bike, despite heart rate monitors and fitness trackers indicating all had experienced "vigorous" levels of exercise.
This increases the possibility that e-bikes are well suited in helping both experienced cyclists and “more sedentary individuals” to meet their physical fitness goals.
Exercise that doesn’t really feel like exercise is a pretty major breakthrough, especially for those “sedentary individuals”, as its a way to change habit for a more healthy and active lifestyle.
Even a month of e-bike commuting can improve fitness and blood sugar levels, and e-bikes are getting more out in the saddle on regular occurrences, and this is mainly due to them having so much fun.