It’s name derives from a clever mix of Picking up Litter whilst jOGGING, but the majority of Ploggers that I have had the pleasure to have met tend to save the litter picking up until they’re running at a brisk walking pace (or walking at a slow running pace).
Personally, I wait until I have finished a run and am walking the last kilometre as a part of my warm down. It would be more accurate to call it Plalking, picking up litter whilst walking, but Plogging sounds better.
Walking can improve your heart rate and circulation, increase your muscle and bone strength, and decreases your risk of osteoporosis (which causes brittle bones). It can improve your balance, which can help to reduce the risk and severity of falls, It is a low impact form of energy expenditure, which burns kilojoules and helps you lose or maintain a healthy weight, overall health and wellbeing, self-esteem and stress levels (Ministry of Health, 2018).
Plogging has ALL the same benefits, if not more as a result of the bending down and picking things up. Some days it can feel like weight training (see image above). Like walking, plogging is ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels, even those who have been inactive. It can be as easy or as hard as you want it to be. Plogging is a great activity when it is done alone, but can be even better when done in groups.
You may have heard of the Walk of Life, we’re about about walking tall for life. We walk to a tune sung by Liverpool Football Fans… We walk on with hope in our hearts. we walk on Aotearoa knowing that we will never walk alone. I’m based on the North Shore of Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland, but have aspirations to see this movement spread across all of Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Walking Tall, the proven outcome of plogging, will improve your physical health and mental well-being. It will also help you feel more connected to, and more active within, your local community.