Apple’s new Fitness+ feature brings celebrity-guided walks to your wrist – TechCrunch

Apple has a bit ball here. A month after launching the Fitness + App premium workout service, the company’s offering is an add-on aimed at providing an exercise dimension beyond iOS (and your living room). Coming today for Fitness + customers, Time to Walk is a new, guided walking tour organized by a revolving cast of celebrity guests.

This is evident from the names of the first round, which today are falling through a software update, it is a very diverse cast. The first five include Dolly Parton – who is probably as universally beloved as a celebrity present in 2021 – and the Warriors advancing Drummond Green, which is no less universal, because, well, the game . Also in the first round are composer Sean Mendes and Orange is the new black Star Uzo Aduba.

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Five episodes are up front, which will be available as an activity card on the Apple Watch Workout app. In fact, they should soon start showing up as cards in the feed of the app. Going forward, they will be updated at a speed of one week.

The experience is straight on his face. Essentially, Apple asks guests to take a walk, tell stories and record three songs themselves to share. The music is played through the app and images are taken to the small screen in an attempt to make a semi-immersive (but not distracting) accompaniment to their own walk. If you want to listen again you can save the song on Apple Music Playlist or save the episode later. For those who use wheelchairs for mobility, the feature will appear as “Time to Push”, which makes wheelchair-based fitness tracking on top of Apple.

An Apple Fitness + membership is required to follow along. This is partly due to deeper integration with the premium fitness service. Both are also directly tied to other Apple services, like music, which the company has created as a kind of fundamental element of their workouts.

I have always been a big walker – trying to avoid driving or public transit if time and distance allow. But the past year has really made the activity a priority for me, as an excuse to leave my one-bedroom apartment and get a workout with all the gyms on the way finally closed for months. This is, frankly, a very big factor in keeping me in the epidemic.

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When I walk, do so with music or podcasts. I have tried some “walking meditation” in the past, but found that experiences revolve around perceptions of “quiet reflection,” which does not make a move when walking in midtown Manhattan on the 59th street bridge. Walking time gives the idea a slight twist on its head, anticipating the experience of walking with someone. As they go on, they in the process often relate to personal stories, a kind of stream-of-consciousness. Certainly, it is believed that wandering is a head-clearing device especially for many people.

“Walking is the most popular physical activity in the world, and one of the healthiest things we can do for our bodies. Walking can often be more than just exercise: it can help clear the mind, solve a problem, or welcome a new perspective, “Apple ‘Blvnik A release said. “Even in this challenging period of time, there is an ongoing activity available to many people. To keep up with the times, we’re bringing Apple Watch weekly original content to Fitness + featuring some of the most diverse, engaging and well-known guests to inspire our users to help them walk through the power of walking and Provide entertainment. “

As before Fitness +, the new facility is well timed, as many parts of the world (especially the US) are still likely to have an epidemic-fueled shutdown. It seems that there is a new story about a new possible mutation that distances us from the things we used to do every day. Walking Time is an attempt to give you some interesting company for those walks.