Plogging, an activity which involves jogging and stopping to pick up rubbish, is helping people to get fit while contributing something positive to the environment.
A portmanteau of “jogging” and “plucking”, plogging is a new fitness trend from Sweden.
Founded by Erik Ahlström, the Stockholm-based group Plogga aims to activate the city’s runners as a force for good. Ploggers run while wearing gloves—all the better for handling garbage—and carry large trash bags, then stop to pick up any litter they see along their route. Once the bag is full, it’s deposited in an appropriate receptacle, which cuts down on the amount of litter that makes its way to the ocean.
Swedish health app Lifesum estimates the average plogger burns 288 calories for every 30 minutes spent plogging.
With the world becoming aware of the threat that trash, especially plastic, poses on the environment, wildlife and people’s health, plogging is gaining momentum the world over among environmentalists, runners and people who wish to preserve and protect their environment.
Joggers around the world have been documenting their trash picked up while trashing on Instagram, tagged with #plogging.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea