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TikTok’s “hot girl walk” is one of the latest trends that has many lacing up their sneakers increase your fitness and self-esteem.
The social media trend was created by a USC student named Mia Lind, also known on TikTok as @exactlyliketheothergirls. She explained in her TikTok post that the “hot girl walk” involves walking 2-4 miles a day for almost an hour and can include listening to uplifting music or podcasts. While doing the “hot girl walk”, you mainly think about three things. They include:
- What are you thankful for?
- Your goals and the steps needed to achieve them.
- Remember your personal beauty.
In her social media post, the self-proclaimed creator of the “hot girl walk” said: “The challenge is not about losing weight but about achieving your goals.” In a video explanation on her Instagram post, Mia explained that before beginning the journey of a hot girl walk, a person should write down three goals: personal, professional, and social, and check the status of these goals every 2 weeks. .
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The Instagram influencer even created a spreadsheet where he doesn’t count calories, but actually track the days you walked and your goals. There’s even a “hot girl ride” Spotify playlist that can be listened to as they engage in their journey.
Lind’s followers use a hashtag, #hotgirlwalk, to post photos of her walking trips, which typically take place 3-5 days a week with a few days off. The Instagram trendsetter also suggested limiting alcohol consumption to social situations and promoted acts of kindness towards others and yourself.
The University of Southern California student told a news outlet that she was looking for a way to exercise during the COVID pandemic that she was “not afraid” and liked the meditative element that coincides with long walks. According to media reports, Lind said that walking was not seen as a form of exercise, so she decided to rebrand it as a “hot girl walk”, she shared it on social media and went global. She now has over 136 million views on TikTok and her followers range from college kids to middle-aged women.
One of Lind’s TikTok followers, Giovanna Amodio, told Fox News that she started doing the hot girl walk while in college during the pandemic, saying, “I would say 100% that it boosts self-esteem.” Amodio shared with Fox News that she started walking during quarantine as a way to safely get out of the house and see others. When she started following the hot girl trend, she said, “It became a way to help clear my head, get some alone time, listen to inspirational podcasts, and stay fit.”
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Studies have shown that walking can promote a positive effect even when participants aren’t even concentrating on the actual activity.
Dr. DJ Moran, PhD, is an associate professor at Touro University in New York and commented on the TikTok trend on Fox News. “This trend shows the remarkable power of social media and hashtags to support a healthy trend. It’s great that hot girl rides encourage more people to exercise and work on self-improvement. I’m so glad to hear that more young adults are taking walks and doing so more often, especially as they engage in gratitude and self-reflection.”
Moran, however, said, “I’m a little concerned that they’re encouraged to think about how attractive they are…As long as it’s self-improvement, great! If it’s self-aggrandizement, I’m not that excited.” .”
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Tamar Amitay is a physical therapist at Thrive Integrated Physical Therapy in New York City. Amitay told Fox News that this latest walking trend could have positive physical benefits. “Several studies have concluded that walking reduces arthritis-related pain. Walking protects the joints of the lower extremities, especially the hips and knees by lubricating them and strengthening the muscles that support these joints,” Amitay said.
Amitay said that walking could also help promote heart health, prevent weight gain and reduce the risk of cancer and chronic diseases. Physical therapists told Fox News that if you start a walking program, it’s important to wear comfortable, supportive shoes and stay hydrated.