Want to make the world a better place while also working up a sweat? Plogging might be your new favorite activity!
Plogging is simply a form of exercise combining picking up litter while jogging. The movement officially started in Sweden in 2016 when Erik Ahlström moved from a small mountain community to Stockholm. He was frustrated by the amount of litter he saw on his daily commute and decided to take action. Ahlström started picking up extra trash during his daily runs, others started joining him, and the plogging movement quickly gained momentum.
The term "plogging" comes from the Swedish phrase "plocka upp"- meaning "pick up" and the English word "jogging." So there's no right or wrong way to do it.
Some ploggers will sprint down the road, adding in the extra squat to increase leg strength when they see a stray piece of litter. Others take a more leisurely approach to this fitness craze. But no matter how you do it or where you are, as long as you're moving and picking up litter, you're doing it right!
Absolutely! This is an ideal exercise to do with kids of all ages, as you combine physical activity with environmental activism. Even if you're just strolling down the beach with toddlers, you can all pick up plastic bottles or other types of litter. It might not be quite as robust a workout as some of the more intense ploggers, but it's definitely a good start to raising good eco-friendly citizens.
Some kids might not be overly excited about this new activity, but with a few games or a friendly competition, you can easily inspire them towards greatness.
Plogging is a fantastic outdoor workout, which you can do with friends even during COVID-19. Of course, be sure to follow guidelines and keep a healthy social distance on your plogging adventures.
If you look on social media, you can often find groups in your area. So you'll be exercising, improving the environment, and making new friends! Or, if you'd rather keep a distance, you can probably find a virtual plogging group to get started.
Looking for some ways to get your plog on? Read on for some fun ideas.
Especially with COVID disrupting many of our favorite exercise rituals, adding plogging to a hike or jog can improve your health and the environment. If you add an element of healthy competition, it's also a fantastic way to bring your family together for a fun activity.
So what are you waiting for? Whether you're in the United States or Sweden, Plocka upp the pace and start plogging today!