Get in gear for work on your bike

Cycling could be the answer to arriving at work with a spring in your step, according to new research from Aviva.

In a study of 2,000 working UK adults, more than half of those who cycle to work said they arrive refreshed after their commute. Just one in 10 car and bus users claimed the same thing and that figure dropped to one in 20 for train and tube passengers.

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Almost a quarter of cyclists (24%) also reported feeling motivated after their typical commute, scoring higher than any other common form of commuting, including walking. This is double the proportion of bus passengers (12%) who claimed that their commute improved their motivation levels, and triple the proportion of drivers (8%) and four times the proportion of train and tube users (6%).

For overall impact on mood, commuting on two wheels came up trumps again with more than half (53%) of cyclists saying that riding into work improved how they felt. Walking was next best as a mood enhancer (38%), followed by motorbike (33%), bus (18%), car (14%) and finally train or tube (9%).

Dr Doug Wright, medical director at Aviva UK Health, 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.”

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