Why plogging is good for you and the environment

Posted by Elise Kirsten on 13 August 2019

Plogging is a fairly new fitness craze that is good for both you and the environment. The term was coined in Sweden in 2018, as a combination of ‘plocka upp’ (Swedish for picking up) and jogging. The idea has spread globally.

Active citizens are becoming increasingly involved in activities like beach clean-ups and litter pickups. Plogging is another way of getting active and cleaning the environment – and it’s beneficial in more ways than one.

For instance, your body gets to move in additional ways to that of traditional jogging, like bending, sideways movements and squatting.

According to Yujin Lim, an exercise physiologist and director of Optimal Health Exercise Physiology in Melbourne, “this challenges your body in different ways, as well as incorporating a balance and agility component.”

Mr Lim also said the fact that you are doing good for the environment may be a motivation for those who need the extra incentive to get outside and exercise. “The stronger the purpose and motivators, the better the long-term adherence, and hence the better the outcomes,” he said.

Then there is also the environmental benefit of removing litter from the landscape. Ploggers have been posting pictures on social media with their finds, much of which includes non-biodegradable plastic waste.

However, numerous cigarette butts, which have been described as more damaging to the ocean than plastic straws have also been collected.

Other items include anything from watches to walkie talkies.

Plogging has been documented in countries like Indonesia, Thailand, Russia, the USA, Australia, England, South Africa, India and Sweden.


View this post on Instagram


Keeping Kenosha clean! Cheers to our Monday morning plogging group! #KRCgoesPlogging !! . We may have had a small group today, but we picked up multiple bags of garbage! Keep an eye out if you want to join in on our next adventure! . If you have any questions, comment below! If you can’t join in on a plogging day, but have some extra supplies (gloves, bags, etc.) that you’d like to donate, let us know! . What area should we do next? #KeepKenoshaClean •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• . #kenosharunningclub #beatyesterday #runningmotivation #saturdaylongrun #summerrunning #runnersofinstagram #trainingforlife #halfmarathontraining #MarathonTraining #AllSznRunner @downtownkenoshamagazine @downtownkenosha @visitkenosha #plogging #kenoshaplogging #kenoshafun #keepkenoshaclean @travelwisconsin

A post shared by Kenosha Running Club (@kenosharunningclub) on

Tips for ploggers include: remembering to wear comfortable running shoes, old clothes, gloves, to pick up litter with the tips of your fingers rather than with an open palm and to bring a bag.


View this post on Instagram


Первый плоггинг в Иванове 🏃♻️ провела в выходные тренер World Class Иваново @naseli.s Анастасия Стрункина для финалисток @ivanovskaya_krasavitsa конкурса “Ивановская красавица 2019”.⠀ ⠀ Маршрут эко-забега пролегал от ЦКиО до парка Степанова. По пути девушки делали небольшие остановки для того, чтобы собрать мусор. Благодаря их стараниям любимый город стал 🌿 немного чище. ⠀ ⠀ «Я считаю, что идея провести плоггинг в нашем городе была отличной, – поделилась своими мыслями персональный тренер @worldclass_iv Анастасия Стрункина. – Ведь в этом эко-движении соединились сразу два полезных дела: забота об окружающей среде и занятия спортом. На мой взгляд, первый забег прошёл на «ура». Я рада, что нам удалось внести свой небольшой вклад». ⠀ ⠀ А вы бы хотели принять участие в плоггинге?⠀ ⠀ #worldclassclubs #ивановскаякрасавица #плоггинг #plogging

A post shared by World Class Иваново (@worldclass_iv) on

Image: Worldclass–iv

yoast-primary - 1004385
tcat - Activities
tcat_slug - activities
tcat2 - Activities
tcat2_slug - activities
tcat_final - adventures