Have you heard of plogging? It’s where you get fit and pick up litter at the same time. This eco-conscious, green fitness trend combines the Swedish term, plocka upp, meaning “pick up,” with jogging.
We love anything to do with green living and green travel. And now there’s green fitness!
Benefits of Green Fitness Plogging
Popular in Europe, plogging originated in Scandinavia and is now making its way to the United States. Joggers get all the cardio benefits of jogging with the added benefit of squatting to pick up litter along their route.
After picking up the litter, users carry it in bags while they jog. There’s no right way to plog… you can carry the trash in a bag or put it in a lightweight, drawstring backpack to carry on your back. You can choose to use a grabbing stick or gloves or decide only to pick up clean and “safe-looking” trash. Of course, you would need to carry everything with you on your jog.
Anything you do while plogging helps your community and wildlife. For even greater good, it’s important to recycle the plastic and other recyclables afterwards. This increases the benefits of plogging even more.
Fitness App Tracks Green Fitness
To motivate ploggers even more, there’s a fitness and health app – Lifesum — that enables you to calculate just how many calories you will burn while plogging. Typical results are similar to what you would burn while jogging. And think of all those squats! With plogging, you get the feel good benefit to it as well. Soon, other fitness apps will sure to be offering a way to track plogging.
Green recreation: Plogging on the beach or anywhere
Those individuals lucky enough to live near the ocean have been doing this for years. So many times I’ve been on a coastal vacation and was awed by a few joggers and walkers picking up garbage along the way. Now that there’s an official name for it, there are sure to be people across the world picking up this eco-friendly habit. Others will ask, “What is plogging?” and may be encouraged to pick up litter in walking clubs, etc.
Plogging sort of sounds like something along the lines of blogging or vlogging… but no! Plogging has nothing to do with electronics of any kind. It encourages us to get outside… to exercise.. and to do some good.
There are so many ways to live green and travel green… why not enjoy green fitness, and exercise green too?