You may already have heard of this activity that combines jogging with picking up litter, or as the Swedes say “plocka upp.” The “plogging” craze made its way over from Sweden a couple of years ago and is gaining in popularity in the US. It’s as simple as jogging and picking up trash along the way. No need to break your back. Just jog and do what you can, a little each time you run. We think it’s a brilliant way to celebrate Earth Day – or any day of the year, really.
Not only does plogging help us clean up our environment, but it provides a sense of purpose, satisfaction, and a feeling of community to those who practice it, whether alone or a group. So basically, you get a boost in morale while also firming up your buns.
How cool is that?!
“According to the Swedish-based fitness app Lifesum, which earlier this month made it possible for users to track plogging activity, a half-hour of jogging plus picking up trash will burn 288 calories for the average person, compared with the 235 burned by jogging alone. A brisk walk will expend about 120.”*
To plog, all you need is a bag and a rubber glove if you want to keep your hands germ-free. You can plog on your own or with a friend, but now many cities even have plogging meet-up groups and activities throughout the year (including one city’s annual “Trashercize.”)
Check out your local listings to find groups near you. Happy Plogging, Y’all!
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