Daily walks are great for staying healthy. You have your favorite walking routes memorized. But walking the same path every day can become boring. As the famous Dolly Parton said, “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” You may be itching to get out and explore some new trails, but worry about your sense of direction.
It’s no secret that as we age our sense of direction diminishes. It’s hard to remember what direction to go, or what turn to take next. Before you decide that paving a new path isn’t possible, review your navigation options.
- Road maps. Ah, the nostalgic years of old, where you had to make your way through the world with a map in hand. It may seem that road maps are a thing of the past thanks to location technology, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a moment of nostalgia. Dust off your city map and plan a new walking route. Carry the map with you to reference whenever you’re unsure about a turn.
- Writing down directions. Don’t want to carry a map with you? Plot out your route before leaving the house and jot down all the directional notes before you lace up your sneakers. Be sure to include full street names with the directions on each turn. If you do feel uncertain about where to go next, don’t hesitate to stop and ask for directions.
- Asking for directions. When was the last time you stopped and asked for directions? It’s rare to see someone ask for directions anymore, but that doesn’t have to stop you. If you’re feeling unsure about where to go, drop into the closest coffee shop or grocery store and ask. When in doubt, the clerk will always be able to pull up directions on their computer to confirm that you’re going the right way. Don’t want to ask for directions? Try GPS technology.
- GPS Systems. Do you love keeping up with technology? Take a GPS system with you on your next walk. Punch in the address or coordinates of your destination, and let the GPS do the rest. You’ll be told where to turn while following your progress on the displayed map. When you’re ready to take your tech game to the next level, pull up that GPS on your smartphone.
- Ready to try the newest iPhone? Thanks to smartphones, you’ll have location technology at your fingertips on your next walk. The navigation app on your smartphone will guide you on your walk just like a GPS system. Connect your headphones into your phone so you can discreetly listen to directions without disturbing anyone else. But for the complete hands-free experience, try smart technology.
- Invest in smart technology. Maps, GPS, and phones are great tools for navigation. But you don’t want to be looking down at directions all the time. Invest in smart tech, like Lechal. Lechal’s technology uses haptic (sensory) feedback through insoles and sensors placed in your shoes. When it comes time for a turn, the sensor underneath your right or left foot will vibrate to alert you to a turn. Controlled through your smartphone, walking routes are pre-programed before you leave the house. You’re able to edit or change your destination at any time, and the device will track and save your location. You can put your phone down and keep your head up while walking in confidence.
No matter the option you choose, you won’t be locked into the same walking route anymore. Walks will become a brand new adventure with a different destination each day. Step in confidence knowing that you will be able to find your way back home.