The TikTok Hot Girl Walk fitness craze is worth a try


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Did you hear? Walking became great again. Nearly 3.6 million years after the first hominins began to walk straight, the digital natives of the TikTok world have given this quintessential human activity a makeover. Enter Hot Girl Walk.

The Hot Girl Walk was created by Mia Lind, a 23-year-old who exudes confidence and charm, during the pandemic when Lind was quarantined at home with her family instead of living with her sisters in a sorority at the University of Southern California.

“It was a problem, and we felt trapped,” Lind says. “My mom kept telling me and my sister to go for a walk outside. So we did, and little by little, I started to feel better.”

Over the course of the pandemic, Lind has developed what would become one of TikTok’s biggest fitness craze to date – Hot Girl Walk. Her video describing Hot Girl Walk has garnered more than 750,000 views, and the hashtag #hotgirlwalk garnered millions of views and 1 billion hits on Google.

Here’s how it works: Walk. every day. Ideally, about four miles. And while walking, you can only think about: your goals. What are you grateful for. And how sexy you are.

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For the last part, Lind is getting involved in the Hot Girl Summer trend that he introduced to us in July 2019 by Megan Thee Stallion, the rapper who eventually released a song of the same name. The genius behind Hot Girl Summer is that it’s not about physical appearance; Gravity is a state of mind, after all.

But unlike many fitness trends, the core principles behind Hot Girl Walk – walk and be mindful – are backed by research.

Among other benefitsRegular walking has been linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, improved memory and cognition, reduced stress, improved mood, and a lower risk of premature death.

David Sapger, cardiologist and founder of walk with closea community of physician-led walking groups.

Sapger says Lind’s four miles can be a challenge for many people. “Fortunately, we get benefits from even short walks, and those benefits increase with the number of steps we take,” says Sabgir. 150 minutes a week or more is a great goal. “

practice gratitudeIn the meantime, it’s been linked to increased general well-being – it’s been linked to greater patience, increased happiness, and stronger relationships.

Glenn Fox, a neuroscientist at the USC Marshall School of Work who specializes in the neural correlates of gratitude, empathy, and neuroplasticity. “Those who do Hot Girl Walks may benefit from a virtuous cycle of gratitude, beginning with exercising both one’s own mind and personal will, minimizing distraction, and focusing on personal abundance and strengths. The benefits of a Hot Girl Walk may be theoretically unlimited.”

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Readers may wonder: Does Hot Girl walk just for…hot girls…? First, remember that hotness is a way of thinking, and secondly, if “girl” doesn’t describe you, feel free to delete it and write in your favorite description. That’s what Rob Kirkpatrick did when his daughter, Ceara Kirkpatrick, a health and wellness influencer and photography on TikTok and Instagram, launched a challenge she called Walk Girl Summer.

“I created a calendar that my followers can use to track their progress,” Ceara says. “My dad printed it, crossed out the word ‘girl’, and wrote over it the word ‘dad.’ And so, Walk Dad Summer was born.

Ready to start your own Walk Girl season? Here are some tips for mastering the Hot Girl Walk.

Remember, the goal is not to become a perfect body type or appearance, or to achieve an impossible fitness goal. “The point of Hot Girl Walk is to channel something that is already inside you to increase your physical and mental health,” says Lind.

Do what you can. Ceara Kirkpatrick chooses to walk the 45 minutes instead of the four miles from Lind. “If you don’t feel like it, go for five minutes,” she says. “Every little part matters.”

go out. While you can do the Hot Girl Walk on the treadmill, it’s really meant to be done outside, preferably in nature. “Walking outside allows me to focus on the present moment,” says Kirkpatrick.

Make it an uncontrolled area. “Instead of being a critic, try to be curious,” Lind says. “Note when thoughts become self-critical and gently bring them back to the things you are grateful for.”

Go with friends. If quiet meditation isn’t for you, ask a friend to join in — or call someone up while you’re walking. Find Hot Girl Walking Groups in your area – Ceara Kirkpatrick’s girls who walk facebook The group is a great place to start.

Don’t forget about safety. If possible, try to walk during daylight hours in an area with sidewalks. If you listen to music, Skip the noise canceling headphones. Always be aware of your surroundings. “If your instincts are telling you something is wrong, turn around,” says Rob Kirkpatrick. Dad’s wisdom to win.

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