Hot Girl Walk: The 2021 Wellness Trend Everyone’s Talking About

Published on April 13, 2021

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woman on hot girl walk in sand dunes at sunset

Last updated: Oct. 18, 2022. For better or worse, TikTok has been my saving grace during the COVID-19 pandemic since the Tiger King era of lockdowns. Although I’m not posting any footage of me dancing (something that will never happen), there is, however, a trend I hope is here to stay. Enter: the Hot Girl Walk — a TikTok wellness trend from 2021 that’s turned into a full-blown confidence movement. You might be wondering: what the heck is a Hot Girl Walk?

What is Hot Girl Walk?

The premise of the Hot Girl Walk, also known as the #HGW, is simple. According to TikTok influencer Mia Lind, who is credited with starting the trend, a Hot Girl Walk is a four-mile walk (that should take about an hour) where all you think about is how hot you are, things you’re grateful for, and all of your goals, hopes and dreams. The best part of all? It’s easy and accessible, meaning that there’s no room for excuses. By going on Hot Girl Walks, you’re not only focusing on your physical health, but are working on your confidence and nurturing your mental and emotional health, too.

What are the benefits of these walks?

The hashtag #hotgirlwalk currently has more than 500 million views on TikTok. There are hundreds of videos of women out in their daily walks either alone or with friends, often sporting their favorite athleisure sets. And although it’s always fun to get dressed and meet personal fitness goals, it’s refreshing to see a health and wellness trend that doesn’t cost a thing while also tapping into the power of positive thinking and manifestation. According to the Mayo Clinic, positive thinking can help you cope through times of stress, decrease your risk of depression and boost your overall heart health. 

woman on a hot girl walk in summer in an urban setting

Why I love these walks  

As someone who calls a cozy 350-sq.ft condo home, buying a Peleton or any other workout machines isn’t an option, and YouTube workout videos in a tiny studio can only take me so far. And so, I’ve been going on a lot more walks than usual this year.

But as much I’ve enjoyed these daily adventures, it’s all too easy to get lost in my latest podcast or whichever Taylor Swift album I’m playing on repeat for that particular week. With all the stress and anxiety we’re under, it can be hard to stay present, and it’s easy to zone out.

The best thing about Hot Girl Walks

Similar to most people, the pandemic has given me ample time to think. And after everything we’ve been through in the past few years, it can be hard to stay optimistic and focus on the now. The best thing about these walks is that it gives you time to tap into manifesting good things to come into your life, all while getting your body moving and enjoying some fresh air. Many industry professionals are fully on board with the Hot Girl Walk workout, because it’s all about becoming your most healthy, confident self.

The power of Hot Girl Walks’ positive energy  

I’ve always been a firm believer in the power of positive thinking, but it’s never been part of my daily routine until now. By going on my own Hot Girl Walks, I’ve been able to carve out time each day where I’m focused on keeping positive. I spend time thinking about my strengths, looking back at my favorite memories, and dreaming about everything I want to do in the future. And that makes me feel pretty hot in my books.

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The Author
Angela Serednicki is a Toronto-based lifestyle writer who is passionate about inspiring readers to prioritize health, happiness and creativity in their lives.