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Did you hear? Walking is cool again. Approximately 3.6 million years after the first hominins began walking upright, digital natives in the TikTok universe have given this quintessentially human activity a makeover. Enter the Hot Girl Walk.
Created by Mia Lind, a preternaturally poised 23-year-old who exudes confidence and charm, the Hot Girl Walk emerged during the pandemic when Lind was home quarantining with her family instead of living it up with her sorority sisters at the University of Southern California.
“It was a bummer, and we felt cooped up,” 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 developed what would become one of TikTok’s biggest fitness crazes yet — the Hot Girl Walk. Her video describing the Hot Girl Walk has garnered over 750,000 views, and the #hotgirlwalk hashtag has millions of views and a billion Google hits.
Here’s how it works: Walk. Every day. Ideally, about four miles. And while you walk, you can think only of the following: Your goals. What you’re grateful for. And how hot you are.
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For that last part, Lind is riffing on the Hot Girl Summer trend brought to us in July 2019 by Megan Thee Stallion, a rapper who eventually released a song of the same name. The genius behind Hot Girl Summer is that it’s not about physical appearance; hotness is a state of mind, after all.
But unlike many fitness trends, the key principles behind the Hot Girl Walk — walking and mindfulness — are backed up by research.
Among other benefits, regular walking has been linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular …….