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10 Reasons Why Hikers Are More Likely to Be Successful

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10 Reasons Why Hikers Are More Likely to Be Successful

It is no longer news that hiking has many physical and emotional benefits. Even though millions of Americans and people worldwide know this, many do not see the importance of this kind of exercise. At a time when organizations are looking for ways to improve workplace productivity, develop leaders, and help employees work more efficiently, it is important to look beyond just the therapeutic benefits and discover how hikers are more likely to be successful.

1. They have lower stress levels

According to the president of the American Hiking society, “Being in nature is ingrained in our DNA, and we sometimes forget that.” People who hike are better able to deal with moods and are more positive, according to some studies. Hiking combats symptoms of stress and anxiety.

2. They have more endurance

Hiking has a way of testing our endurance and perseverance. If you are carrying a backpack while hiking, your body and mind are both challenged and improve their strength and endurance. Your body is pushed to its limits, and you are tested: will you turn back or keep going?

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3. They are healthier

According to a study done by Austrian researchers, hiking accomplished in different ways has different influences on the fats and sugars in the bloodstream. Additionally, hiking provides you with your daily dose of Vitamin D, lowers your risk of dying from cancer, alleviates your sleep, prevents and controls diabetes, and increases your bone density.

4. They have more energy

Hiking is an aerobic activity. Such activities bring extra oxygen and fuel to your muscles and other body tissues. This strengthens your muscles and lungs and, at the same time, increases your agility and alertness.

5. They are more focused

Hiking improves your focus, which is an important element of success. While hiking, you are able to get away from the distractions of technology and day-to-day life that can crush your spirit and weigh you down. Hikers have fewer distractions as they walk through nature. Their minds are cleared and their cognitive ability is improved.

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6. They are physically fit

One of the foremost benefits of hiking is the physical fitness attached to it. Success requires good health and physical fitness. Hiking keeps your weight under control and burns calories. At a slow pace of 2 miles per hour, a person who weighs 150 pounds can burn approximately 240 calories per hour.

7. They are independent

Hiking comes with responsibility. You cannot rely on technology; in fact, you may not even be familiar with the territory. With a heightened sense of responsibility, the hiker is forced to be self sufficient and independent, resilient and tough.

8. They are more creative

According to this study, backpackers scored 50% higher on a creativity test after spending four days in the great outdoors. Nature has a way of relaxing the mind and increasing your attention span by allowing you to rest, leaving much-needed room for reflection.

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9. They have an improved memory

Multitasking and regular day-to-day distractions have a way of impacting our brains negatively. Research shows that exposure to nature through hiking causes significant changes in the brain. Hiking lets you think more clearly, develop a greater focus and recall ability, and develops your cognitive skills.

10. They appreciate the simple things of life

For the hiker, it is not about the benefits or the rewards. Rather, it is about the experience of being close to nature, lost in a moment of discovery and adventuring to an unknown territory. This is what success means. And somewhere along this line, they value the simple provisions life has offered them.

Now that you know, will you take the extra effort and go on a hike?

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Published on September 21, 2021

How Remote Work Affects Your Productivity And Wellbeing (Backed By Data)

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How Remote Work Affects Your Productivity And Wellbeing (Backed By Data)

The internet is flooded with articles about remote work and its benefits or drawbacks. But in reality, the remote work experience is so subjective that it’s impossible to draw general conclusions and issue one-size-fits-all advice about it. However, one thing that’s universal and rock-solid is data. Data-backed findings and research about remote work productivity give us a clear picture of how our workdays have changed and how work from home affects us—because data doesn’t lie.

In this article, we’ll look at three decisive findings from a recent data study and two survey reports concerning remote work productivity and worker well-being.

1. We Take Less Frequent Breaks

Your home can be a peaceful or a distracting place depending on your living and family conditions. While some of us might find it hard to focus amidst the sounds of our everyday life, other people will tell you that the peace and quiet while working from home (WFH) is a major productivity booster. Then there are those who find it hard to take proper breaks at home and switch off at the end of the workday.

But what does data say about remote work productivity? Do we work more or less in a remote setting?

Let’s take a step back to pre-pandemic times (2014, to be exact) when a time tracking application called DeskTime discovered that 10% of most productive people work for 52 minutes and then take a break for 17 minutes.

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Recently, the same time tracking app repeated that study to reveal working and breaking patterns during the pandemic. They found that remote work has caused an increase in time worked, with the most productive people now working for 112 minutes and breaking for 26 minutes.[1]

Now, this may seem rather innocent at first—so what if we work for extended periods of time as long as we also take longer breaks? But let’s take a closer look at this proportion.

While breaks have become only nine minutes longer, work sprints have more than doubled. That’s nearly two hours of work, meaning that the most hard-working people only take three to four breaks per 8-hour workday. This discovery makes us question if working from home (WFH) really is as good a thing for our well-being as we thought it was. In addition, in the WFH format, breaks are no longer a treat but rather a time to squeeze in a chore or help children with schoolwork.

Online meetings are among the main reasons for less frequent breaks. Pre-pandemic meetings meant going to another room, stretching your legs, and giving your eyes a rest from the computer. In a remote setting, all meetings happen on screen, sometimes back-to-back, which could be one of the main factors explaining the longer work hours recorded.

2. We Face a Higher Risk of Burnout

At first, many were optimistic about remote work’s benefits in terms of work-life balance as we save time on commuting and have more time to spend with family—at least in theory. But for many people, this was quickly counterbalanced by a struggle to separate their work and personal lives. Buffer’s 2021 survey for the State of Remote Work report found that the biggest struggle of remote workers is not being able to unplug, with collaboration difficulties and loneliness sharing second place.[2]

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Buffer’s respondents were also asked if they are working more or less since their shift to remote work, and 45 percent admitted to working more. Forty-two percent said they are working the same amount, while 13 percent responded that they are working less.

Longer work hours and fewer quality breaks can dramatically affect our health, as long-term sitting and computer use can cause eye strain, mental fatigue, and other issues. These, in turn, can lead to more severe consequences, such as burnout and heart disease.

Let’s have a closer look at the connection between burnout and remote work.

McKinsey’s report about the Future of work states that 49% of people say they’re feeling some symptoms of burnout.[3] And that may be an understatement since employees experiencing burnout are less likely to respond to survey requests and may have even left the workforce.

From the viewpoint of the employer, remote workers may seem like they are more productive and working longer hours. However, managers must be aware of the risks associated with increased employee anxiety. Otherwise, the productivity gains won’t be long-lasting. It’s no secret that prolonged anxiety can reduce job satisfaction, decrease work performance, and negatively affect interpersonal relationships with colleagues.[4]

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3. Despite everything, We Love Remote Work

An overwhelming majority—97 percent—of Buffer report’s survey respondents say they would like to continue working remotely to some extent. The two main benefits mentioned by the respondents are the ability to have a flexible schedule and the flexibility to work from anywhere.

McKinsey’s report found that more than half of employees would like their workplace to adopt a more flexible hybrid virtual-working model, with some days of work on-premises and some days working remotely. To be more exact, more than half of employees report that they would like at least three work-from-home days a week once the pandemic is over.

Companies will increasingly be forced to find ways to satisfy these workforce demands while implementing policies to minimize the risks associated with overworking and burnout. Smart companies will embrace this new trend and realize that adopting hybrid models can also be a win for them—for example, for accessing talent in different locations and at a lower cost.

Remote Work: Blessing or Plight?

Understandably, workers worldwide are tempted to keep the good work-life aspects that have come out of the pandemic—professional flexibility, fewer commutes, and extra time with family. But with the once strict boundaries between work and life fading, we must remain cautious. We try to squeeze in house chores during breaks. We do online meetings from the kitchen or the same couch we watch TV shows from, and many of us report difficulties switching off after work.

So, how do we keep our private and professional lives from hopelessly blending together?

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The answer is that we try to replicate the physical and virtual boundaries that come naturally in an office setting. This doesn’t only mean having a dedicated workspace but also tracking your work time and stopping when your working hours are finished. In addition, it means working breaks into your schedule because watercooler chats don’t just naturally happen at home.

If necessary, we need to introduce new rituals that resemble a normal office day—for example, going for a walk around the block in the morning to simulate “arriving at work.” Remote work is here to stay. If we want to enjoy the advantages it offers, then we need to learn how to cope with the personal challenges that come with it.

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