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Run (or walk) time: How to get moving with Apple Fitness+ Audio Workouts

Fitness+ workouts can be done from the comfort of your living room, with or without an Apple Watch. But for those times when you need fresh air, Apple’s subscription service also supports audio workouts like Time to Run and Time to Walk that can help you get moving in the great outdoors.

These guided audio tracks are designed to be used while walking or running. They combine training, stories, and music, and are available when you’re ready to hit the road. The walk episodes feature celebrities and other notable figures telling stories, while the run episodes are mostly music playlists interspersed with moments of training and encouragement.

Most audio workouts are just over 30 minutes long, but they can range from 25 to 60 minutes. As of this writing, Time to Walk has three seasons of content while Time to Run has more than 35 episodes available. You don’t need to spend time curating a playlist; just tap Start.


How to use walking time and running time

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To access audio workouts like Time to Walk and Time to Run, you must be a Fitness+ subscriber. You can sign up in the iPhone Fitness app in the Fitness+ section. After a 30-day free trial (three months if you buy a new Apple device), it’s $9.99 per month (or $79.99 per year). It’s also available in the Apple One Premier package, which can be shared with up to five people and includes other Apple subscription services in addition to Fitness+ for $32.95 per month.

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Once you’re a subscriber, you can find audio workouts on your Apple Watch within the Workout app or in the Fitness app on iPhone. On Apple Watch, audio workouts will be the first selection. Once you select that option, you can scroll down to browse past episodes.

For those in wheelchairs, this feature can be changed to Push Time. Open the Apple Health app and tap on your name in the top right corner. Play Health Details > Edit > Wheelchair > Yes.

This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’ll need headphones or wireless headphones connected to the Apple Watch to start an episode of Time to Run. (Starting one on an iPhone can use the phone’s speakers.) If you don’t have headphones, you can simply start a regular outdoor type of workout through the Fitness app. If the GPS detects any distance traveled, the workout is recorded as an outdoor run or walk. If no distance is detected, it is recorded as an indoor workout.


Manage downloaded episodes

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The two most recent episodes of Time to Run and Time to Walk download to your watch overnight. If you have a cellular Apple Watch, you can stream new episodes at any time. If you only have a Wi-Fi model, you’ll need to download any additional episodes before heading out.

If you don’t want episodes to download automatically, you may need to save space, press the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch and select Settings > Training. At the bottom of the screen, you can edit your download preferences.

You can also select whether you want to see photos on your wrist during workouts. I turned them off because the taps on my wrist made me think a different notification was coming in.

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Turn off time to walk or time to run

Because workouts and music are tightly integrated with Time to Run, workouts are paused when you press pause on your headphones. Similarly, if you end a workout early, the music will stop. If you run longer than the episode lasts, the music will stop. However, the workout will continue to track your run until it ends.

But maybe these audio exercises are not for you. There is a way to turn them off and prevent them from appearing on your Apple Watch. Once that happens, you will no longer see the exercise types at the top of the exercise list.

On your Apple Watch, open the Workout app and swipe left on the Audio Workouts tile. touch the red x and then select Remove. To add the workout type back later, scroll to the bottom of the list of available workouts and tap add training and select Time to run Y time to walk again.


discover new music

Listening to a song you love during a Time to Run session? Each episode includes a list of featured songs, and at the bottom is a button that lets you add the playlist to your Apple Music library. You can also browse Time to Run playlists in the iPhone app and open them in Apple Music.

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