Are you always agitated when you see trash littered around your neighborhood? Do you love to take walks, jog, or even run? Do you want to find out how you could put your jogging activities into good use- saving the environment? I’ve got good news for you – Plogging. I know you are wondering what that means? I was also surprised when I heard that word.
What does plogging mean?
Plogging is an eco-friendly exercise that started in 2016 by a Swedish man, Erik Ahlstrom. It is gotten from two words: jogging and the Swedish phrase for pickup, ‘Plocka”. This activity primarily involves you picking up pieces of garbage as you run or jog or walk. Basically, you squat to pick up the trash.
How did it begin?
It started when Erik during his commute to work will often see trash littered around and would return to see them without anyone picking them up. This situation caused him to start picking the trash and disposing them properly. Soon, he incorporated it into his exercise and daily running routine and that was how ‘plogging’ became existent.
Why you should plog.
Besides the benefit of exercising, it is a natural way to do something about the agitation of seeing litters. That feeling of making a difference is a self -esteem booster. Being out in nature is also a mental health booster. When you are out in nature, it helps lower your stress hormone.
Also, when you plog, you get to discover something new about your community, you get to see something you have never seen before, even though you live there. If you belong to a group, there is a form of connection, created.
Besides, it is not enough to complain about climate issues, by plogging, you are taking actions in your own way.
For professional it may be unrealistic to turn your runs or jogs into plogs but turning them into a plog once a week or a month can also be satisfying. You are helping your community and enjoying the endorphin from running or walking.
What you need.
Plogging in Songdo
I joined a group to plog last weekend, although it was cold, it was fun. We met at Exit 3 of central park station, Songdo.
We started with some stretching and light exercises to get us in the mood. I am a walker and so I walked most of the time. Coming out and seeing all the beauty of nature, did some good to my mental state. Yes, I also took some nice pictures of the park. After the exercise, we had some soup and drink to go.
Where do I go from here?
The great thing is you can start anytime (whether you are running, walking, or jogging). You can do it with friends and family, join a local group, I am not sure if there are many in Korea, but there is one in Songdo. Or even start your own if you can’t find a local group.
But, I can’t jog or walk?
You don’t have to be a runner, you can walk instead
As you plog and share your experiences, you inspire others to do same.