Apple has officially unveiled its new Time to Walk feature for Apple Watch and Apple Fitness+ subscribers. Time to Walk offers “an inspiring new audio walking experience on Apple Watch for Fitness+ subscribers,” Apple announced in a press release.
Apple says the new Time to Walk workouts will be available today, and they appear to be slowly rolling out to users on Apple Watch.
Apple describes the new Time to Walk feature, which 9to5Mac first reported on earlier this month, as a way to “encourage users to walk more often” and to reap the associated benefits:
Apple today unveiled Time to Walk, an inspiring new audio walking experience on Apple Watch for Fitness+ subscribers, created to encourage users to walk more often and reap the benefits from one of the healthiest activities. Each original Time to Walk episode invites users to immerse themselves in a walk alongside influential and interesting people as they share thoughtful and meaningful stories, photos, and music. Time to Walk can be enjoyed anytime and anywhere with Apple Watch and AirPods or other Bluetooth headphones.
Apple explains that each Time to Walk episode is “shaped by the guest’s personal, life-shaping moments” and is “recorded while walking outside or in locations that are meaningful to them.”
Time to Walk is launching with four episodes with the following guests:
- Country music star Dolly Parton has won nine GRAMMYs and is also a celebrated actor, businessperson, and humanitarian. Dolly reflects on her career, family, and growing up in rural Tennessee. “I’ve loved walking ever since I was a little girl in the Smoky Mountains,” Parton says. “I think it’s so important to be able to get out and walk if we can during this time. I do my best thinking when I walk. And while many of us feel confined during this time, I’m hopeful that people will take a walk down memory lane with me and we can all feel a little more freedom taking the time to walk together.”
- NBA player Draymond Green won three basketball championships with the Golden State Warriors, helping to change how the game is played. He reflects on the virtues of failure and tuning out criticism. “There’s nothing better than a walk in nature, getting lost in my thoughts, and taking a deep breath of fresh air,” Green says. “Take all the stresses of your day and let them blow away with the wind. I hope sharing my stories with those who go on a walk with me will give them the same drive to chase their dreams that I had in chasing mine.”
- Musician Shawn Mendes went viral on social media at 15, had his first platinum album by 19, and has toured the world. He shares how a slower pace has helped him personally and creatively. “Taking a walk is a great way to clear your mind,” Mendes says. “It’s the most simple thing you can do to calm the body and soul, reflect, and slow down. I hope people get to feel the same sense of calm I do while walking and can bring that to their own experiences.”
- Emmy Award winner Uzo Aduba found stardom on the series, Orange Is the New Black, but only after many rejections. She talks about lifelong relationships and keeping the faith. “I love walking either by myself or with my dog,” Aduba says. “It’s a time to connect and have the conversations with myself that can often get overlooked throughout the day, and bring peace of mind. The experience of walking and telling my stories gave me that familiar feeling that walking brings, answering questions that need to be answered, and addressing topics that need to be addressed. I’m so excited to share that with those who take the time to walk with me.”
Apple adds that new Time to Walk episodes will appear in the Workout app on Apple Watch from a different guest each Monday through the end of April. All previous episodes will also be accessible. The episodes range from 25 to 40 minutes long and are available in the Workout application on Apple Watch.
Once a Time to Walk episode is selected on Apple Watch, a Walk workout automatically begins and you can go at any pace that meets your fitness level. Additionally, for Apple Watch wheelchair users, Time to Walk becomes Time to Push.
Time to Walk requires AirPods or other Bluetooth headphones to be paired with your Apple Watch. Once episodes are downloaded, a WiFi or cellular connection is not required. You can manually download new episodes, or toggle the setting to automatically download and add the newest settings on your Apple Watch. Workouts will then be downloaded and added when your Apple Watch is connected to power and WiFi.
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