A quarter of staff (24%) who cycle into work arrive feeling motivated - higher than any other common form of commuting.
Research by Aviva found the proportion of 2,000 working respondents who felt motivated after cycling into work was double the proportion of bus passengers (12%).
This was also triple the proportion of drivers (8%) and four times the proportion of train and tube users (6%).
Half (54%) of respondents felt refreshed after cycling into work. This was higher than one in ten car and bus users and one in 20 train and tube passengers who gave the same response.
Cycling also had a beneficial impact on employee mood with more than half (53%) saying riding into work improved how they felt. This was followed by walking (38%), motorbike (33%), bus (18%) and car (14%). Tube and tube scored lowest with less than a tenth favouring this (9%).
Despite this, the positive effects reported by those who cycle to work, using a car for commuting was by far the most common form of transport, followed by buses, walking and trains or tubes.
Aviva UK Health medical director Dr Doug Wright said: "It's clear that the way people commute to work has a major impact on how they feel when they arrive. It seems from our research that if you are willing to jump on a bike and get to work under your own steam it can boost your mood as well as your physical health."
"It's interesting that there appears to be a desire to cycle to work, but often that isn't being acted upon," said Dr Doug Wright. "Previous research we've done has shown that can be for a number of reasons, often around safety and the distance people live from their workplace. But if businesses want to improve the mood of their workforce, it might be an area to explore.
"Offering a bike to work scheme, showers at the office or secure bike storage could help convert some drivers to cyclists and businesses could see a benefit from that," he added.
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