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Have You Heard of Plogging?

By Donna Stark

So, apparently something has been going on in this crazy world of ours for the past couple of years and I only learned about today. It's called plogging, and boy, if Instagram is a true measure of what is trending at the moment, this is something you should hear about! Now, if you are not like me and are more up-to-date on all things good, you probably already know what this is, but if you are on the same slow train that I am riding, let me introduce you to the concept.

What Is Plogging?

Plogging is the latest trend in jogging that hails from the beautiful country of Sweden, but in addition to doing your body some good, it also does a heck of a lot of good for the planet as well. You see, this eco-friendly trend is all about picking up the tons of trash that litter the sidewalks, trails, and beaches we run on. You can think of it as a normal jog, but picture that jog with some squats included.

Who Can Participate?

Anyone can participate in plogging, but if you aren't a runner, don't worry! You can still join in with a simple walk while cleaning up the street. And guess what? They gave that a name too. It's called plalking.

Sounds Great, but Is It Safe?

OK, OK, I get it. This brings an extra level of safety issues to your run, but with some preparation and the right gear, you can avoid any extra risk. Take a look at the following suggestions.

  • Always come to a full stop before bending over
  • Maintain proper form as you bend to pick up items from the ground
  • Avoid putting unnecessary stress on your back, knees, and hips as you pick up the trash
  • Avoid any sudden movements or twists of the body as you reach for the discarded item
  • Protect yourself from bacteria and germs by carrying a pair of gloves
  • Pack an extra plastic bag or two into the pockets of your clothing (you'd be surprised by the amount of trash you will come across)
  • Stretch and warm up before you start, just like your normal jogs
  • Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your "plog"

Be a Better Human

As I was explaining this fitness trend to my daughter, she interrupted me and said, "So it's all about being a better human?" Yes, I guess it is. And if you are looking for a way to make an impact on your community while also making that impact to your overall health and wellness, give plogging (or plalking) a try. You won't regret it!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Chino Hills, Calif.

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