When my treadmill wasn't working, I began researching new ones, and I became a target for ads from iFit.
All I can say is, it's amazing what they're doing through the internet. You can sign up for iFit walking tours and the program takes over your treadmill to adjust speed and incline while you follow along on your monitor with a "personal trainer." Wow! I mean, it would never work with my treadmill....because mine is older than the hills, but if I every invest in a new one--it seems to be a standard feature nowadays.
I've discovered that, even without the treadmill compatibility, you can use the app and follow along with the virtual hikes--adjusting the incline and speed manually. I downloaded the program to my iPhone, and signed up for a 30 day trial. So far, I've walked in Istanbul and Southern France, with a personal trainer guiding me and telling me everything about the region's history and natural facts. If I decide to keep the subscription, the basic cost is $14.99/month and I can cancel anytime.
Here are some examples of their guided hikes--but there are many, many more.
As I was walking along in iFit Istanbul, I thought--Hey, I bet they have virtual walks on YouTube for FREE.
We have a large "Smart" TV in front of the treadmill, so I searched "virtual walks treadmill," and hundreds of options popped up.
Zion National Park
Bozeman, Mt (winter) No thanks. I have enough winter hiking right here.
Wailea Beach Path, Maui Hawaii. (Since I have snow all around me, this is a refreshing walk.)
Rome, Italy. Be still my heart. My husband and I spent time there in 2005, and we LOVED walking the streets of Rome, especially at night when the tourists (like us) were in and the locals were out.
Palm Cove, Australia
The Streets of London
You know I love Sedona, so I had to look up virtual walks there. One of our favorites was Devil's Bridge. And here it is! Since starting this post, I've taken this virtual walk.
The Llama Trail, also in Sedona, and one we've done several times.
We have a short vacation planned for Florida in two weeks, and then another to Houston to see kids and grandkids in late April, but after that, we are staying home. In fact, there will be much less traveling, at least for 2021-2022 due to a number of things happening here--my youngest son's wedding in August, on our property. A new puppy (hopefully). And at least one grandbaby being born in October. So, traveling will not be in our cards.
I plan to continue my iFit subscription because I do enjoy the guided tours they offer. If this treadmill really does bite the dust, we will upgrade to one that works with the internet. For now, I plan to use the treadmill we have, and I upgraded my old iPad--which doesn't even support iFit--or YouTube--or any modern day app--to a Samsung Galaxy 10.4" tablet. I'm going to pick it up today, after the snow we just received starts to melt. Viewing the videos on my apple iPhone is just too difficult for me with my old eyes. I have to wear reading glasses while I'm walking--not fun. Hopefully the 10.4" will help in that department.
Also, the iFit app is only compatible with Android or Apple platforms. The app wasn't available for my Smart TV. My daughter pointed out that you could use a mirroring app on your phone to project it to your tv, but I've found that creates a delay in audio.
At any rate, nothing beats hiking in nature, but this is a fun a way to get going in the morning and learn about new places.