Get fit, get tidy, get out and plog
There’s a new fitness trend quietly building momentum around the country.
It initially started in Scandinavia in 2016, then swept across Europe, the UK and US. There are even clubs and Facebook pages dedicated to it. It’s called plogging.
A quick Google search brings up a headline ‘‘Plogging: the fitness craze that’s sweeping the streets’’.
So what is plogging, and how do you join? Easy, and the good news is there are no membership fees. Just grab a bag and head out on your normal daily routine.
Officially, plogging is jogging while picking up rubbish. But for the nonjoggers, plogging can be walking the dog, taking the kids to school, walking from your car park to your workplace … and picking up rubbish.
Plastic is a hot topic at the moment with one of our largest supermarket chains phasing out plastic bags, while a nationwide hardware store is banning them outright.
Articles on the impacts of single-use bags, straws, coffee cups and balloons are regularly popping up in our newsfeed.
One of the reasons is plastic is polluting our oceans, suffocating our marine life and ending up in our food chain.
There was an article published last week about a plastic bag found in one of the deepest sea trenches on the planet - 10,898m below the surface.
Sadly, it seems human trash has somehow infiltrated areas where humans can’t even visit.
The cause of ocean pollution is a concept that is difficult to connect to, particularly when most of us don’t chuck our rubbish on the streets.
Yet walking down the street the day after rubbish day shows a depressing amount of rubbish choking up our gutters. We might not drop it, but it’s still our rubbish. What goes in the gutter, can end up in the sea.
Regardless of how it gets there, it needs to be cleaned up. Most Kiwis probably aren’t the sort of people to get into the lastest ‘craze’, but we care deeply about our environment.
So, grab a few friends, or your dogs and kids, get out there and plog.
Not only do you get fit, but you get a clean community too.