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26th Sep 2018

Find jogging boring? Then you need to try the latest exercise trend… ‘plogging’

Don't walk, run.

Denise Curtin

We call it jogging with a purpose.

A fitness trend which first originated in Sweden is now gaining some serious attraction overseas. Nothing too strenuous, plogging is simply jogging while picking up rubbish. Yep, you heard us.

According to Cosmopolitan, plogging is a well-known Scandinavian workout that benefits both you and the environment. In Swedish, “plocka upp” means “picking up” – so you combine that with “jogging” and voila, you get “plogging.”

Across Europe, various plogging groups meet once a week and jog along beaches, forests or throughout the suburbs of the city and pick up everything from empty plastic bottles to cigarette butts while exercising.

So, if you find jogging quite monotonous, this could be exactly what you need and you’ll reap the rewards both physically and mentally too! According to the Swedish-based fitness app Lifesum – a half-hour of jogging plus picking up rubbish will burn 288 calories for the average person, compared with the 235 burned by jogging alone.

According to, here in Ireland, if 200 people plogged every day, it would take 62,000 pieces of plastic off our roads in 2018. Incredible.

And now, this trend is making serious waves, just last week The Washington Post reported on the trend becoming popular in the United States too. Their reporters spoke to various ploggers and one plogger, Linda Lindburg said for her “it was a no-brainer. I knew I could incorporate it into my runs,” she said. “I suddenly felt guilty for not doing it for all these years I’ve been running. All you need is a bag.”

Up for the challenge? Check out the new group Plogging Ireland, set up this year with the same brainwave to keep our country a cleaner, greener place.

Sounds good to us.