Apple has just unveiled a new feature for subscribers to Apple Fitness+
Start Your Walk
Time to Walk features inspirational stories from interesting and influential people as they share stories and more. You can use the feature with an Apple Watch and any Bluetooth headphones or AirPods.
The feature will launch with four stories, ranging from 25 to 40 minutes:
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 arrive every Monday until the end of April with a new guest.
If you’re a subscriber, you can launch Time to Walk directly from the Workout app on the Apple Watch.
Apple Fitness+ launched in December and costs $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year.
The on-demand fitness service works in tandem with Apple Watch. The service offers 10 workout types including High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Strength, Yoga, Dance, Core, Cycling, Treadmill (for running and walking), Rowing, and Mindful Cooldown.
During each workout, you’ll see personal metrics on the screen from your Apple Watch. And for added motivation, the Burn Bar will show in teal time who your effort stacks up against other users who completed the same workout.
You can access workouts on an iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.