Apple has introduced an all-new experience for Apple Watch for Fitness+ subscribers called Time to Walk where users are encouraged to experience the healthy activity accompanied by interesting audio content .
With Time to Walk, users can walk and immerse themselves in interesting and influential stories from a range of artists, celebrities and sport stars.
The Time to Walk content can be enjoyed anytime on Apple Watch that’s paired with AirPods or other Bluetooth headphones.
“Walking is the most popular physical activity in the world, and one of the healthiest things we can do for our bodies,” said Jay Blahnik, Apple’s senior director of Fitness Technologies.
“A walk can often be more than just exercise: It can help clear the mind, solve a problem, or welcome a new perspective.
“Even throughout this challenging period of time, one activity that has remained available to many is walking.
“With Time to Walk, we’re bringing weekly original content to Apple Watch in Fitness+ that includes some of the most diverse, fascinating, and celebrated guests offering inspiration and entertainment to help our users keep moving through the power of walking.”
The Time to Walk content is designed to be thought provoking and meaningful with the narrative coming to life through photos that appear on the Apple Watch and timed to amplify a moment that narrator is sharing.
The stories are then followed by a playlist of songs that have inspired the speaker so the listener can continue the walk to that soundtrack.
Time to Walk has launched with four episodes from 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.”
New episodes will appear every Monday on the Workout app on Apple Watch every Monday.
Users can access the Time to Walk content with an Apple Watch and Fitness+ subscription.
Each episode ranges in length between 25 and 45 minutes.
For Apple Watch customers who use a wheelchair, Time to Walk becomes Time to Push and automatically start an Outdoor Wheelchair Walk Pace.
Fitness+ is available for $14.99 a month or $119.99 per year.