The regular exercise of the electric bicycle would have a positive influence on the mental and physical health of seniors
a British study published in the magazine Plos . Even more surprising is that the benefits of an electric bicycle are greater than those of a conventional bicycle.
In a two-month, unpublished study, researchers from Reading and Oxford Brookes rated the mental health of one-hundred adult men or women aged 50 to 83 years. The participants, all new cyclists, were divided into three groups.
Three sessions a week
The first group used conventional bicycles, three sessions of at least 30 minutes a week. The second group followed the same program, but with electric bicycles. Finally, the members of the third group did not practice cycling at all during the experiment.
At the end of the eight weeks, scientists in both groups of cyclists observed a significant improvement in cognitive function. The ability of participants to "plan, organize and execute tasks has increased dramatically," summarizes Slate who passes on this study.
A more surprising remark: cyclists who used an electric bike got a better feeling than the other two groups.
Maybe because practicing the e-bike is more accessible and therefore more enjoyable. says Louise-Ann Leyland, a researcher at University College London and co-author of the study.