What is plogging?

What is plogging?

Plogging, a combination of “plokka up” (Swedish for “pick up”) and “jogging”, is the new term used for picking up roadside trash as you exercise outdoors. It started as a Scandinavian clean-up movement spearheaded by a local environmentalist designed to help with Stockholm’s growing litter problem.

Plogging has gotten some traction in the U.S. People will carry a lightweight bag and fill it with trash seen along their exercise routes and either throw it away or recycle it when their workout is done.

“This is a nice way to help spruce up your city and neighborhood while getting in a workout,” says Dr. Thomas Murphy, a family medicine and sports medicine physician affiliated with Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal. Ill. “It’s also a good family activity to teach kids the importance of putting trash in the proper receptacles.”

If you are worried about germs, you can purchase a trash pick-up stick for less than $20.

The non-profit Keep America Beautiful encourages U.S. ploggers to upload photos to social media using the hashtags #plogging and #DoBeautifulThings.

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Kate Eller
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Kate Eller, health enews contributor, is a regional director of public affairs and marketing operations. She came to Chicago and Advocate Health Care in 2014 after living in Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas and Texas. She enjoys road trips, dogs, minimalism, yoga, hiking, and “urban hiking” around Chicago while taking photos for Instagram.