There’s a new fitness craze making its way across social media: “plogging.” It comes from Sweden and it’s jogging with a twist. The name is a combination of the word “jogging” and the Swedish phrase “plocka upp” which means “pick up.” And all you do is go for a jog and pick up litter along the way, so it’s good for you, and the environment, too.
While out jogging in a park or on a neighborhood trail, instead of zoning out on a running playlist or focusing only on pace, ploggers stop to grab a plastic bottle or can when they see one. So while they’re working up a sweat with the jog, they get the added benefit of intermittent squats. Swedish health app Lifesum estimates the average user burns 288 calories for every 30 minutes spent plogging, which is about the same amount you burn running.
The mental distraction may make your jog more fun, since you’ll be so busy looking for litter that you won’t realize you’ve already clocked a 5K. Plus, you’ll not only feel good about getting your sweat sesh in, you get the added bonus of knowing you’re leaving the world in a better place by collecting trash and recycling. It’s good for your body, your conscious, and your community and what could be better than that?