Walking with Draymond

Published January 27, 2021, 8:36 AM

by Professor Rom Feria

It has been a long time since I last walked outdoors. Having a treadmill pretty much covered my walking and jogging requirements in the morning — enough to fill the Apple Fitness Exercise ring. I have yet to try the treadmill sessions on Apple Fitness+, which I figured would probably kill me.

Apple just released their new Fitness+ addition, the ‘Time to Walk’ audio guided walks for those with an Apple Watch and a paired AirPods (though I think it would work with any paired Bluetooth headphones). The initial set of walking companions are Shawn Mendes, Uzo Aduba, Draymond Green and Dolly Parton. Apple promised new celebrities every Monday. I couldn’t resist not trying it out — so off I went walking with Draymond Green this afternoon.

Various workout playlists from Apple Music or those pre-selected and maintained by friends usually filled by outdoor walks, but I eventually settled on tech-themed podcasts. Listening to the Draymond Green ‘Time to Walk’ episode brought me back to those days when I listen to Adam Curry during my morning commute. Draymond talked about his successes and failures, some revealing tidbit about his relationship with Kobe Bryant, and what it was like getting their first NBA championship. Apple added some nice touches by tapping on your wrist to alert you and show a photo on your tiny Apple Watch screen, and at the tail-end of the episode, you get treated to some music tracks, which I presume were hand-picked by Draymond. Overall, it was a pleasant 30+ minutes of leisurely walking (I already completed my Exercise and Move rings).

Yes, it is nothing different from listening to your favorite podcasts whilst walking or jogging, it is just an exclusive add-on available only to Fitness+ subscribers. Will I continue listening to ‘Time to Walk’ episodes? Only when an interesting person is featured. It would be nice if (or when) Apple features some folks from Ted Lasso, The Morning Show, and other Apple TV+ originals.