Plogging Turns an Ordinary Workout Into a ‘Treasure Hunt’
Have you spotted people toting trash bags while jogging? Or their hands filled with old plastic bottles? Sweden’s latest fitness craze — plogging — is making its way to the U.S. and now Lufkin! The term is a mash-up of jogging and the Swedish “plocka upp,” meaning pick up. In this case, litter!
The City of Lufkin Parks and Recreation is hosting a Pop Up in the Park featuring FREE workouts, a splash pad water war, and Angelina Beautiful/Clean will be a part of the day with a plogging contest. Workouts will be taking place all over Kiwanis Park in thirty-minute intervals. Plogging will be come and go during the entire morning.
Pop Up in The Park will be taking place on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 9am – 12 noon at Kiwanis park. The main area for this FREE event will be off of the Tulane Drive entrance. Come for all or part of the day and take in the beauty that Lufkin has to offer. Join us in getting fit, enjoying our public parks, and cleaning up litter!
According to Jennifer La Corte, AB/C Executive Director, “Civic minded walkers and outdoor enthusiasts have been “plogging” long before it became a hashtag but this new fitness trend helps to spread awareness and helps to make it cool to help clean. The best part is that it’s an activity for all age groups and abilities so everyone can have fun exercising and be an advocate for nature! There’s no wrong way to do it so there’s not a barrier to entry like some other fitness avenues.”
Already adopted by thousands of Europeans, people all over America are also joining in so much that Keep America Beautiful has partnered with Lifesum, the first health app to allow its 25 million users to log, track and estimate the number of calories burned while plogging, to turn the emerging trend into a habit. Litter impacts our quality of life and economic development, and often ends up as marine debris, polluting our waterways and oceans and harming wildlife and the environment. With plogging, all you need is running gear and a bag for trash or recyclables, and you are not only improving your own health, but your local community, too.
Plogging not only helps the environment but also your health. Whether someone chooses to run, jog, walk, or a combination of paces, they’ll get the benefits of cardio vascular exercise while incorporating various movements used to pick up litter. Lunges, squats, bends, lifting, and other movements are naturally used when working on litter abatement. La Corte says, “There may not be traditional medals during a run like this but every finisher is actually winner. It becomes a type of a treasure hunt and is fun to see how much you can find. Sharing the spoils of your hunt on social media is part of the fun. What a great way to give back and get in shape!” Angelina Beautiful/Clean will be providing bags and gloves. There will be prizes for most bags collected for adults and most bags collected for children.