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  • Writer's pictureScott Colby

How Hiking Can Transform Your Team

When is the last time you’ve checked on a coworker to see how they were doing? NOT how close they were to finishing a project, but how they’re feeling mentally and emotionally. If you’re like most companies, you push hard to get things done, You hustle and grind. You work long hours. And there never seems to be any rest and recovery. The problem with this model of working is that it can leave your team feeling drained, worn down and uninspired.

If this is even close to describing your company, it’s time to shake things up and take your team on a hike in the woods.. Or at least a walk in a park setting. Picture this: instead of boardroom meetings and endless emails, your team is trekking through lush forests, enjoying breathtaking views, and bonding over shared adventures. There’s a good chance that spending time in the great outdoors is the catalyst for productivity and success that your team needs.

Nature's Reset Button

Let's face it: the daily grind of office life can take its toll on even the most motivated team members. But when you swap fluorescent lights for sunshine and cubicles for wide-open spaces, something interesting happens. Nature becomes your team's reset button, refreshing minds and invigorating spirits.

Studies have shown that spending time in nature can reduce stress, improve mood, and boost creativity—all essential ingredients for a productive workforce. When your team hits the trails, they leave behind the pressures of deadlines and performance metrics, allowing them to focus on the present moment and connect with each other on a deeper level.

The Power of Movement

But hiking isn't just about soaking in the scenery; it's also about getting moving. Physical activity has been proven to enhance cognitive function, increase energy levels, and sharpen focus—all of which are crucial for productivity. Your team will also sharpen their minds if there is rugged terrain that they have  to navigate or decisions to make in terms of which way to go on the hiking trail. This can all help your team once they are back at work and have to tackle a challenging project.

And let's not forget the power of fresh air. Breathing in the crisp mountain air (or just the air at your local park if you are surrounded by trees) can do wonders for mental clarity and overall well-being. It's like hitting the reset button for your brain, leaving you feeling refreshed, revitalized, and ready to tackle any work projects or problems that may come your way.

Building Bonds, Boosting Morale

But perhaps the most significant benefit of hiking team-building is the bonds it creates among team members. There’s something about being outside, sharing a hiking trail that brings people together. Especially if the conversation is flowing and you share personal stories. It’s an incredible way to get to know your co-workers better on a deeper, more meaningful level, which can help build camaraderie, trust and mutual respect.

And if you’re scaling a tall summit, this can bring your team together even further. When your team accomplishes something challenging together, it instills a sense of pride, trust and confidence that can carry over into their work. Before you know it, those daunting projects and tight deadlines don’t seem so intimidating - they’re just another mountain waiting to be conquered.

Ready to Hit the Trails?

So, are you ready to transform your team? A hiking team building adventure can be just what your company needs to build bonds, boost productivity and help your employees feel more refreshed and recharged. And you don't have to scale a mountain. A hike in the woods on a local trail or a walk in your local part can be a great place to start. If you're interested in having Gratitude Hikes lead your company on a team building hiking adventure, please introduce yourself here. We would love to make this possible for you.



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