So, it is six weeks into the new year. How are you doing on that New Year’s resolution?
I am not big on resolutions. I never was. I was not particularly fond of giving myself a resolution to stick to that was always cool to think about but ultimately unrealistic to achieve. That lead to more letdowns, more doubt in my abilities, more depression, and more negative thinking attached to failure.
It took a while for me to realize that failure is not the end of the world. Failure is just “success practice.” Feeling defeated is part of the process to life. Trial, error, trial, success, further trial, error, setback, and the cycle continues. The point is to never give up when you feel defeated, because that’s where success waits.
I currently stick to the only resolution I give myself every year. I look at my current situation every month and see where I am. Finances, health, relationships, everything. Then I would ask: am I happy? If so, leave it. If not, try to fix it.
For years, I was not happy with my weight, and this year was about time I stopped complaining and did something about it. Six weeks in, I lost several inches off my gut, waist, and hips, from significant diet changes and a bit more exercise. I feel good, but every once in a while, the cravings and old eating habits get so bad, I have no choice but to crumble just a bit. Curbing eating habits is crucial; it’s a lifestyle change that requires attention to healthy food and portion sizes.
But there needs to be more. I know that increasing exercise is an important step in physical and mental wellness, but a bum right knee adds the demand for a controlled, low-impact option that can allow for an effective workout.
If you are in the same boat as I am, then an electric bicycle is the perfect fit. E-bikes are powerful, versatile, a joy to ride, and most of all, offer controlled workouts through their pedal assist controls.
The pedal assist feature on e-bikes are what set it apart from other modes of transportation. The many pedal assist settings on each electric bike gives the vehicle versatility, and gives the rider a sense of power in how they want to ride. Typically using a numbered rating system on an electronic pad on the bicycle handle, a rider has the option of riding with:
- No assist; like that of a regular bike,
- Minimal-to-moderate assist; allowing the rider to do a lot of the work, while not sacrificing any speed or risking extra energy over steep inclines, or
- High-full assist; where the rider does not need to pedal, but simply use the bike like an electric moped.
This is excellent news for anyone wanting to get fit, because using an e-bike is like taking an easy-to-use spin-class with you wherever you go. You can easily switch between pedal assist levels so you can pedal hard for timed periods before letting off, and giving your muscles small rest periods, like a spin-class, without having to deal with changing gears less fluidly, or sacrificing the speed and pace you wish to travel to your destination.
The pedal assist is fantastic for rehabilitation, as starting with a high pedal assist can help you gradually get back into the swing of things without losing that valuable independence everyone needs and deserves. As you get stronger, you challenge yourself by gradually lowering the assist as you continue biking, with the electric motor at the ready if you feel you need a break.
NO SWEAT, JUST RIDE
The ride itself on electric bikes are nothing short of excellent. Whether it’s a hub-motor that changes the weight of your bike on one side and generated power at a particular wheel, or a mid-drove motor promoting a sense of balance, e-bikes are built with the singular purpose of providing a smooth and enjoyable ride. No extra peddling and sweat coming into work, no extra funds for gas, plates, and major maintenance issues. It’s just you and the ride at 32km/h. This is important information if you wish to fulfill your resolution to ride more, get fit, and enjoy the outdoors more. A great ride is addicting, and you’ll want to make it a habit of it. The best workout is a workout that doesn’t feel like work. If you actually enjoy the ride, you are simply adding a new hobby to your day that’s actually good for you.
I am happy with my first steps taken to a healthier life. First steps are better than no steps. But, I know that there are more steps to take on the road to feeling fit, feeling healthy, feeling confident, feeling energetic, and feeling in control. My first steps were taken. Now it’s time for me to take the next step and continue my ride, while enjoying it.
I strongly suggest you do, too, by achieving that ever elusive resolution of a healthier life. See you on the road!
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About Robert Bryn Mann:
Robert Bryn Mann is a Customer Content Specialist at Biktrix. A professional writer, he is happy to be working with a company that shares his passion for greener transportation options. When he is not working with Biktrix, he is writing stand-up material and scripts for film and TV.