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Everyday Pedelec Use and Its Effect on Meeting Physical Activity Guidelines

Institute of Sports Medicine, Hannover Medical School, 30625 Hanover, Germany
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(13), 4807; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17134807
Received: 15 May 2020 / Revised: 29 June 2020 / Accepted: 30 June 2020 / Published: 3 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Active Commuting and Active Transportation)
Pedelecs (e-bikes with electrical support up to 25 km·h−1) are important in active transportation. Yet, little is known about physiological responses during their everyday use. We compared daily pedelec (P) and bicycle (B) use to determine if pedelecs are a suitable tool to enhance physical activity. In 101 employees, cycling duration and intensity, heart rate (HR) during P and B were recorded via a smartphone app. Each recording period was a randomized crossover design and lasted two weeks. The ride quantity was higher in P compared to B (5.3 ± 4.3 vs. 3.2 ± 4.0 rides·wk−1; p < 0.001) resulting in a higher total cycling time per week for P (174 ± 146 min·wk−1) compared to B (99 ± 109 min·wk−1; p < 0.001). The mean HR during P was lower than B (109 ± 14 vs. 118 ± 17 bpm; p < 0.001). The perceived exertion was lower in P (11.7 ± 1.8 vs. 12.8 ± 2.1 in B; p < 0.001). The weekly energy expenditure was higher during P than B (717 ± 652 vs. 486 ± 557 metabolic equivalents of the task [MET]·min·wk−1; p < 0.01). Due to a sufficient HR increase in P, pedelecs offer a more active form of transportation to enhance physical activity. View Full-Text
Keywords: active transportation; heart rate; pedelec; e-bike; cycling active transportation; heart rate; pedelec; e-bike; cycling
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Stenner, H.T.; Boyen, J.; Hein, M.; Protte, G.; Kück, M.; Finkel, A.; Hanke, A.A.; Tegtbur, U. Everyday Pedelec Use and Its Effect on Meeting Physical Activity Guidelines. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 4807.

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