Walking Workouts: 9 Myths and Facts to Know

Walking delivers a lot of health benefits, but watch out for overstated claims — like those that suggest it can cure a mood disorder.Leonardo Patrizi/iStock; Canva

There are lots of reasons walking workouts are so popular. Walking boasts all the health and fitness benefits of other low-intensity steady-state cardio (LISS) workouts.

Plus, they’re convenient and accessible. You don’t need a fancy gym or a lot of equipment to walk. Walking workouts are customizable to your personal ability. And they’re good for people of all fitness levels and ages.

TikToker @exactlyliketheothergirls claims to have coined the term “hot girl walk,” which took the social media platform by storm. Her January 2021 video shows her weight-loss transformation that she attributes to the “hot girl walk” (which details her playlist and other recommendations). The video was viewed three million times and sparked the trending hashtag #hotgirlwalk (1.1B views) that appears on videos like those from @meeksbruh (18.2M views) and @nataliexelise (1.7M views).

But are the glories of walking overrated? Here we bust a few myths and back up the cold hard truth about walking as exercise.

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