Have you ever plogged unknowingly before?
According to the Washington Post, the term is a combination of jogging and the Swedish words, “plocka upp,” meaning pick up, which in this case is litter.
The eco-friendly fitness craze erupted across Scandinavia, soon spreading into Germany and France, and has now found its way into international waters.
At present, there are over 72,000 posts on Instagram attributed to the hashtag “#plogging" and Google searches for “plogging” reached an all-time peak in February 2019.
And while the total concept of plogging is that of removing litter from the streets and helping the Earth, it also keeps you fit.
The Independent reported that "as plogging requires some bending and arm strength to hold all the garbage, a half hour of plogging will burn 288 calories on average - compared to just 235 calories from regular jogging."
Plus, not only do you also have to squat to pick up the rubbish – which means you're also helping to tone your glutes and quads – but think of how challenging it is to stop and start your run. The constant bending and reaching will work up a sweat in no time.
What if you hate running? Can you still plog? Plogging started out as a running movement, but there are no hard and fast rules except one: You must pick up litter.
Plalking (walking and picking up litter) is also a well-established new craze as is high-speed plogging, for those keen to get their sprints in.
According to Plogging Ireland, if 200 people ‘plogged’ every day, the action would take an estimated 62,000 pieces of plastic off Irish landscapes in one year. That, if nothing else, seems like an excellent reason to get your plog on today.
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