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Apple launches ‘Time to Walk’ for Fitness+

Well that’s just a podcast with... extra steps. Michael Simon reports

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Apple has launched a new component of Fitness+ designed to get people out of their homes and away from their TVs. Called Time to Walk, it’s the first outdoor element of Fitness+ and opens the service up to a new world of workouts.

Apple seemingly goes out of its way to not call them podcasts, but Time to Walk is a very much in the vein. Each ‘experience’ is an audio-only episode ranging from 25 to 40 minutes that requires an Apple Watch and a pair of Bluetooth headphones. Each episode features a famous guest who recorded their stories while ‘walking outside or in locations that are meaningful to them’, so it will feel like you’re going on a walk alongside them.

At launch, there are four episodes featuring musicians Dolly Parton and Shawn Mendes, NBA all-star

Draymond Green, and Emmy awardwinni­ng actress Uzo Aduba. According to Apple, in the short episodes, listeners will share in each guest’s “personal, life-shaping moments and includes lessons learned, meaningful memories, thoughts on purpose and gratitude, moments of levity, and other thought-provoking topics”, as well as “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”. Listeners will need to have a subscripti­on to Apple Music to download the playlist to their Apple Watch.

Apple says new episodes will be downloaded automatica­lly to the user’s Apple Watch each Monday through the end of April for a total of 18 episodes. Once an episode begins to play, a ‘Walk’ workout will automatica­lly begin to record distance, pace and calories. For users in a wheelchair, Time to Walk becomes Time to Push and automatica­lly starts an Outdoor Wheelchair Walk Pace workout.

Apple Fitness+ costs £10 month or £80 a year and is available as part of the £30-a-month Apple One Premiere bundle, which includes Apple Music, News+, Arcade, TV+ and 2TB of iCloud storage.

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