Say you want to be good to the earth while also squeezing in a workout. Well, it’s definitely possible. And it’s called plogging.

Plogging is a new fitness craze that combines everyday exercise with picking up litter. The premise is simple: when you go out for a run, stop to collect any trash you see instead of jogging by. All that’s required is your regular running gear, a trash bag, and a pair of gloves to protect your hands. When you’re all done, go ahead and dispose your haul.

This new trend isn’t just good for the environment, it’s arguably good for the body as well. Picking up litter is an opportunity to work some extra squats into your routine. And carrying a bag of trash means a little extra weight is added to your run. According to the fitness app Lifesum, which recently added a tracker for plogging, the activity burns up to 288 calories in 30 minutes.

Plogging started in Sweden. The word itself is a combination of “jogging” and the Swedish phrase “plocka upp” (or “pick up”). But the trend has since spread all over the globe. In fact, plogging has become so popular, it’s got its own Instagram hashtag. Do a quick search and you’ll find runners from Germany to Mexico proudly showing off bags of trash.


If you’re new to plogging and need a little support, you can try checking to see if there are any local plogging groups or events.

Ready, set, plog!

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