Have you ever picked up trash while jogging? If yes, then you’ve already completed your plogging run(s).
The term is a mash-up of jogging and the Swedish “plocka upp,” meaning pick up. In this case, litter.
All you need to is create a habit of going out for a run-walk for about an hour with a trash bag and plastic gloves. Plogging not only helps the environment, it’s quite good for your health. Think squats while jogging.
According to fitness-based app Lifesum, a half-hour of jogging plus picking up trash will burn 288 calories for the average person, compared with the 235 burned by jogging alone.
If you turn your jog into a plog once a week or once a month, or turn your walk into a palk or your hike into pike, you’ll get personal satisfaction. You’ll have an endorphin high from running, and you’ll know you’re helping your community.
This Clean Up Australia Day on 27th February, each of us can take on plogging as a personal goal initiative to make our community a cleaner place to live in.