Apple has unveiled Time to Walk, a new audio walking experience on the Apple Watch for Fitness+ subscribers. It was 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 AirPod® 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. A walk can often be more than just exercise: It can help clear the mind, solve a problem, or welcome a new perspective,” Jay Blahnik, Apple’s senior director of Fitness Technologies, says in a press announcement. “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.”
He adds that Each Time to Walk episode is shaped by the guest’s personal, life-shaping moments and includes lessons learned, meaningful memories, thoughts on purpose and gratitude, moments of levity, and other topics, recorded while walking outside or in locations that are meaningful to them. The narrative comes to life through photos that appear on Apple Watch, timed to amplify a corresponding moment the guest shares.
Following the guest’s stories, the experience extends with the guest introducing a short playlist of songs that has given them motivation and inspiration, so the listener can continue their walk to a soundtrack intimately connected to each guest. Time to Walk launches today with four episodes from country music star Dolly Parton, NBA player Draymond Green, musician Shawn Mendes, and Emmy Award winner/actor Uzo Aduba.
New episodes will appear in the Workout app on Apple Watch from a different guest each Monday through the end of April. Users can browse previous Time to Walk episodes when it’s most convenient for them.
Time to Walk episodes are automatically downloaded to your Apple Watch with a Fitness+ subscription, and users can start an episode directly from the Workout app. Once a Time to Walk episode is selected on Apple Watch, a Walk workout automatically begins and users can go at any pace that suits them while listening with AirPods or paired Bluetooth headphones.
New episodes ranging from 25 to 40 minutes will appear automatically in the Workout app on Apple Watch, and users can also browse episodes in the Fitness+ tab in the Fitness app on an iPhone. For Apple Watch customers who use a wheelchair, Time to Walk becomes Time to Push, and automatically starts an Outdoor Wheelchair Walk Pace workout.