Want to make your runs more eco-friendly? Then you need to try plogging – a new Scandinavian fitness idea where people pick up plastic, and other waste, whilst out walking or running
As well as being a blight on the landscape, littering costs local authorities around £750 million annually in street cleaning with every household contributing more than a tonne of waste each year.
Sadly, beauty spots across the UK are finding that littering and clean-up costs are soaring as many take stay-cations – but don’t take their rubbish with them.
So, what can we do to help the environment and our community? Plogging! It might sound like an unfortunate blocked sink situation, but it’s actually a combination of jogging and picking up litter. It comes from Sweden (hence the name – the verb plocka means ‘to pick up’, and jogga means ‘to jog’).
Plogging encourages exercise, gets people out in nature and helps people connect more positively with their environment. It can also help increase your mobility and extend your range of motion, as the regular bending over, stretches the back, buttocks, hamstrings and calves. And if you want to make it more of a challenge, try adding squats or lunges to your to increase your intensity.
It’s great exercise for little ones too. Take the kids with you to keep them active and teach them the importance of recycling.
The best part about plogging is that you can do it anywhere. It’s ideal for recovery runs at home, or exploring a new area while you’re on holiday. Just remember to take some protective gloves and bin bags with you to stay safe!