If you're anything like me, you would prefer to run/walk outside on a sunny day vs the monotony of an indoor treadmill.
Working out outdoors is my go-to to reduce stress, meditate and keep fit. The nature trail I enjoy is peaceful. Beautiful. Serene. As I'm starting my pace, I am quickly distracted by the garbage strewn along the way. The carelessness of a few litter bugs is ruining the running experience I was hoping for.
I can't be the only one who thinks to herself "How in the word does someone feel like it's ok to just toss their plastic garbage in the middle of nature?" As I run, I find myself frustrated and saddened by the state of our roads. Have you seen all the trash that has accumulated over the years?
As my frustration grew, I started jogging with plastic bags and rubber gloves and took matters into my own hands. It amazed me at how much trash I would pick up on a 1-mile stretch. What's worse, I was even more surprised at the fact that I would do it again, on the same stretch of road, just a few months later and pick up another big bag or two. Apparently, the our community has no shortage of ignorant litter bugs.
Years later, I come to find out that the 'jogging/trash pick up combo' is not new. In fact, it's been coined 'Plogging' and Wikipedia tells us that:
Plogging is a combination of jogging with picking up litter. It started as an organized activity in Sweden around 2016 and spread to other countries in 2018, following increased concern about plastic pollution. As a workout, it provides variation in body movements by adding bending, squatting and stretching to the main action of running, hiking, or walking.
I was also happy to learn that this site exists.
So, anyway, you get the idea.
Here's my pitch.
Your body needs your attention . So exercise.
Our planet needs our attention. So take care of it.
Do Good. Feel Good.
Healthy Body. Healthy Planet.
Here's what others are saying about Plogging.