New words – 4 September 2023

a pictuire of two people seen from behind walking together on a footpath in the hills, illustrating the concept of 'soft hiking'
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soft hiking noun [U]
UK /ˌsɒft ˈhaɪ.kɪŋ/ US /ˌsɑːft ˈhaɪ.kɪŋ/
the activity of going for long walks in the countryside without any pressure to walk fast, climb hills or cover a certain distance

Soft hiking is the viral exercise trend that’s accessible to all fitness levels. You don’t have to be concerned about distance, elevation or reaching a summit. In short, soft hiking is simply another way to get outside and explore the great outdoors, get some steps in and soak up all that Mother Nature has to offer without pushing yourself in a way that feels gruelling.
[, 20 April 2023]

Hot Girl Walk noun [C]
UK /ˌhɒt gɜːl ˈwɔːk/ US /ˌhɑːt gɝːl ˈwɑːk/
a 4-mile (6.4 km) brisk walk outdoors during which you think about your goals and what you’re grateful for

The “Hot Girl Walk,” a fitness and lifestyle trend which unsurprisingly originated on TikTok, might appear almost identical to traditional walking at first glance. Hot-Girl Walkers are simply encouraged to get up, get out, and go for a long walk alone or with workout buddies, for the purposes of mental and physical health.
[, 9 October 2022]

speed hiking noun [U]
/ˈspiːd ˌhaɪ.kɪŋ/
a physical exercise that involves going for long walks in the countryside at a fast pace and usually over hilly terrain

Currently sweeping TikTok with bloggers posting scenic snapshots of their adventures, the aim of speed hiking is to cover as much terrain as possible in the fastest time, at a turbo-charged pace between hiking and trail running.
[, 16 May 2023]

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5 thoughts on “New words – 4 September 2023

  1. big Bank

    Please write the date in the international form here – don’t encourage viewers to use sloppy unscientific methods.

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