Do you know plogging ? No ? It's not surprising. The term comes straight from Sweden and actually hides a very simple concept: doing sport while taking care of the planet. We explain everything about this ultra simple but hyper green act of citizenship!
The term plogging was born from the contraction of the word jogging and the verb plocka upp which means "to pick up" in Swedish. As you will have understood, the concept is to pick up rubbish at the same time as you are jogging. It doesn't take any extra time, it makes the muscles work even harder and it leaves the path clean behind you, not bad, eh?
Nothing could be simpler. Plogging is within everyone's reach: you don't need to be a great athlete to try it! This sport can be practiced anywhere and anytime. You don't have to live in a big city; whether it's a metropolis or a small village, all that matters is that you want to.
And how do you actually organise yourself? All you need is a comfortable sports outfit, a good pair of trainers and a large bottle of water. That's for the sports part. For the green part, you need several rubbish bags, disposable gloves and above all a bottle of antibacterial gel.
All you have to do now is go for it. If you are used to running, plogging will not require any extra motivation. If you are not used to it, you can get involved with friends, and motivation will be increased tenfold! It is also possible to act in a group. In major European cities, environmental protection associations organise plogging sessions. And if there is not yet a group in your village, be the leader and take charge!
Plogging is not only good for Mother Nature, it's also great for your health. Whether it's a run, a Nordic walk or a daily stroll, the body works, the heart is stimulated and the muscles are activated. Ideal for improving blood circulation and forgetting back pain, plogging is good for everything.
On the other hand, be careful to use the right gestures. You contract your abs when you bend down, you bend your legs, you don't have a round back and you can even have fun weighing the garbage bags like alters to strengthen your arms. It is your physiotherapist who will tell you bravo!
In short, plogging is good for your morale, good for your body and good for the planet! So you might as well go for it!