"Plogging" Will Be Your New Favorite Exercise …And it's for a great cause.


Social media continues to bless us with everything we never knew we needed, from dance challenges and DIY projects to healthy living hacks, self-care routines, and more. It’s a one-stop shop for creators and viewers alike, and if you’re curious about a cool new trend or important topic happening in the world, you’ll likely find your answers on social media.

One fitness fad that’s taken social media by storm is called ‘plogging’ and it can elevate your regular jogging routine in the best possible way. It’s such an amazing way to get outside, soak up some sunlight and breathe in that fresh air this winter (and beyond). Read on to learn more about this exercise, and next, check out 6 Best Exercises for Strong and Toned Arms in 2022, Says Trainer.

Couple jogging while holding garbage bags

If you haven’t heard of plogging, let us tell you. Your workout routine just got a pretty radical update. “Plogging” has been making waves on social media, with the TikTok hashtag currently sitting at 6.8 million views. To work up a sweat while making our planet a cleaner place, this fitness trend involves jogging and picking up trash.

Plogging comes from Sweden, because “plocka upp” means “to pick up” in Swedish. People pick up rubbish while jogging, hence the name “plogging”. Field Mag reports that the term can be credited to trail runner and Salomon Community Manager Erik Ahlström, who started picking up litter while jogging in Stockholm – and the rest is history.

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Group of joggers collecting trash outside

If you’re excited to start plowing, we can’t blame you. Many Facebook groups have started to involve locals in the plogging effort, in addition to annual plogging events that you can sign up for. You can also draw inspiration from the large group of people who recently came together in Lexington, Kentucky in the name of plogging to help clean up downtown neighborhoods. The group eventually collected 101 pounds of trash, reports WTVQ.

Or maybe take a page from the playbook of David Papineau — a Vancouver native who began tracking how much trash he picked up off the ground during his runs. He landed around 24,000 face masks off the streets over a 10-month period. Apparently one of Papineau’s goals is to have 30,000 face masks off the streets by the end of March 2022. You can follow his plogging journey on his Twitteras it is well documented.

TikToker was also keen to jump on the plogging bandwagon, and they have the content to prove it. Under the plogging hashtag, you’ll see people getting active, immersing themselves in nature or in a city, filling garbage bags after garbage bags. People are embracing the trend solo, while others are getting involved with friends or a large group in their community. Some even incorporate push-ups and squats into their plogging routine to make the most of their outdoor workout time. You can do what works best for you – the most important thing is to get up and get active in the fresh air while you help the planet.

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Woman in fitness clothes posing with garbage bags while plogging

Plogging is good for the mind, the body and the planet. Jogging brings with it a plethora of health benefits, including boosting the immune system and reducing stress levels. Tim Liu, CSCS, Certified Precision Nutrition Coach, tells us that plogging can improve your cardiovascular fitness, plus it’s a great way to get your daily steps done while keeping your neighborhood clean.

According to the Keep America Beautiful 2020 National Litter Study, an estimated 50 billion pieces of litter were polluted on waterways and roads in the United States at the time of the study. 90% of people polled in the study believe trash is a major problem in the state they live in.

You probably didn’t need any convincing to get active in the great outdoors, but you’ll feel pretty awesome on the inside once you engage in an activity like plogging. It’s a great way to show the planet your endless love and support. You contribute to the general well-being of the earth as much as you contribute to your own, and you can be proud of that.

Group of young attractive multiracial women wearing tank tops and leggings walking across a modern bridge

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