Have you heard of plogging? Is it a verb, a noun, or an upper respiratory infection?
Plogging is a fitness trend that's been gaining popularity in recent years, especially among environmentally conscious individuals. Plogging is a combination of jogging (or running for all of us that hate to be called joggers) and picking up litter, and it's a fun and easy way to stay active while doing something good for the planet.
The concept of plogging originated in Sweden in 2016, and it has since spread to other parts of the world. The idea is simple: while you're out for a jog or walk, pick up any litter you come across and dispose of it properly. Not only does this help keep our streets and parks clean, but it also provides a great workout for your body.
Plogging has numerous benefits, both for individuals and for the environment. It's basically the BOGO in running karma.
For one, it's a great way to get outside and enjoy the fresh air while getting some exercise. It's also a fun activity to do with friends or family, and it can be a great way to bond while doing something positive for your community. From an environmental standpoint, plogging can help reduce the amount of litter and plastic waste that ends up in our oceans and landfills. By picking up litter and disposing of it properly, we can prevent it from harming wildlife and ecosystems and helps keep our planet clean and healthy.
If you're interested in trying out plogging for yourself, it's easy to get started. All you need is a good pair of running shoes, gloves, and a bag or container to collect litter in.
As you run or walk, keep an eye out for litter on the ground, and pick it up as you go. Don’t forget to wear those gloves, especially if handling sharp or potentially hazardous items. BONUS: We like to add in some bodyweight exercises while plogging to get in a more dynamic workout, add in a few squats or lunges.
Plogging is a simple but effective way to positively impact your community and the planet. So why not give it a try? Lace-up your shoes, grab a bag and start plogging your way to a cleaner, healthier world.
Ready to get sweaty and make a difference?
Join Time for bRUNch by posting your “plogging” selfie online throughout the month of April and join our virtual plogging event on Earth Day.