Experts recommend taking 10,000 steps a day to keep your body on the move, but can you imagine doing it in total silence? That’s exactly the idea behind “silent walking”, the latest mindful fitness trend taking TikTok by storm.
Unlike some of the previous workout trends that emerged on TikTok, “silent walking” isn’t that hard to embrace and you don’t have to be a fitness expert to give it a shot. This term can be defined as a regular walk that doesn’t involve any distractions – such as listening to a podcast or music on your phone.
Mady Maio, who came up with this term and helped it trend on TikTok, admitted that the idea of walking without any distractions made her anxious at first. She decided to give it a shot after her boyfriend encouraged her to do so and realized it’s actually pretty amazing.
“Something happens after two minutes, where your brain just gets into this flow state and everything is quiet, and suddenly, you can hear yourself… After 30 minutes of silent walking, I suddenly had the clarity that I had always been looking for — brain fog lifted,” she explained in her viral video.
@madymaio #stitch with @KENZIEELIZABETH WE’RE SILENT WALKING ALL SUMMER, BABE 🚶 #walkinggirls #girlswhowalk #meditativewalk #intentionalwalk ♬ original sound – Mady Maio
Maio’s heart is in the right place because walking without distractions comes with a long list of benefits. It lets you focus on the sounds of nature, improve your concentration and creativity, and experience a sense of calm and balance because it’s basically a form of moving meditation.