At the end of some adventures, waiting for a shower is nearly impossible. Baby wipes work ok, but it takes multiple to even get close to being clean. Car side showers work also, but the involve preparing to be dirty (which isn't always the case). I had heard about Action Wipes years ago when listening to the Bicycle Radio Podcast. Evidently they were pretty popular with the cross riders. A few months ago I entered a contest through the Vegan Outdoor Adventures Blog and won some of the Action Wipes products. Excited to test out something a little different, I immediately started getting dirty!
One of the craziest things about living in Arizona is the fact that you can drive the Grand Canyon, hike in and out and be back in the same day. My friend Katie decided that her Birthday Bullshit trip this year would be a Rim-Rim-Rim traverse of the canyon in October. A fair portion of this event will be taking place at night when the temps are more tolerable. In order to prepare for this she decided that a training hike was in store. So with little planning and a sense of adventure we loaded up and headed to the Grand Canyon to hike. Starting Saturday evening we planned to hike down South Kaibab Trail to the river and then back up Bright Angel Trail to catch the sunrise. Pulling an all nighter was nothing new to me, but the rest of the crew was in for some Type Two Fun for sure.
I am not going to lie and tell you I have always thought counting your steps was a good idea. In fact quite the opposite was true. It seemed like a ridiculous marketing campaign to encourage non-athletic consumers to purchase athletic equipment. In reality, that may be the truth. Yet still I stand behind my opinion and say that this coordinated consumerism may have some validity to it.
A few months ago I started with a new organization and found out they had a step tracking program. I consider myself highly active so I figured this would be an easy way to boost my ego (just being honest). I have been nursing a IT band issue back to health I signed up and downloaded Google Fit (they have all my other information, why not provide them with my body metrics also) to my phone and started tracking. I am a numbers person, I mean I struggle with math but I love to review the numbers I produce while participating in outdoor activities. I even wrote a post about my love for Strava a few years back. A week into starting the program I check in to see how high in the ranks I was. Hmmm. Not very high. I thought. So I set a modest 10,000 step a day goal and started checking more often. My steps began to increase and I started caring more about my performance. I am only shy about 150 steps from my goal. Fast forward and I am walking around the house brushing my teeth to ensure I get those steps.
Now I am a competitive person, but even my wife who isn't has taken up to the counting. She was awarded a fitness tracker from her work program and has been at it ever since. I think there is value in the encouraging of people to be more active through the accountability of counting steps. I would be wrong to say that this will change the world in someway, but even if it encourages more awareness of one's fitness level; I believe there is some value in that.
Whether or not if you consider yourself athletic I think that it can be a positive influence. See if your work has a walking program (running steps, and other workouts may also be converted to walking steps) even if you don't need the motivation, you may help provide motivation to someone who does.