Although TikTok might be notorious for dance trends or other things that might seem silly, the “Hot Girl Walk” trending on the app right now proves to be one of the most helpful trends so far. Created by creator Mia, or @exactlyliketheothergirls, who began taking daily walks during the lockdown at the beginning of the pandemic, Hot Girl Walks, or HGW for short, include not only going on a walk around the block but also: what you’re grateful for, how hot you are, and your goals and how to achieve them. This soon went viral, and even though the video was created at the beginning of 2021, it still remains a trend online.
Although Mia lost weight from her walks, she stresses that this does not represent the goal of an HGW. In a world where people obsess over weight loss routines, this might represent one of the key reasons the Hot Girl Walk continues to trend: it’s an exercise people can do that centers around self-confidence, not changing your body. The hashtag #HotGirlWalk on TikTok has over 181 million views as people show what their Hot Girl Walk routine includes and looks like. For example, a creator Allie Bennett creates playlists of upbeat music to strut to on a treadmill, as she increases the speed with each song.
According to the Mayo Clinic, walking has a lot of benefits some might overlook, from improving energy levels, strengthening bones and muscles, and improving mood. Since the Hot Girl Walk includes physical exercise along with positive thinking, goal setting, and self-love, it’s obvious why TikTok loves this trend so much. “As someone really struggling with body image, going on a dedicated “HGW” helps me get into the mindset of caring for my body,” one person wrote online.” Recently, low impact exercises like walking or pilates has been trending online as people recognize that exercise does not have to be unenjoyable.
While some opt to listen to podcasts or audiobooks while they take a stroll, others prefer upbeat music to accompany them during their stroll. Some creators say they go on walks with their friends or partners, which also offers a sense of community and can also be a mood booster.