Intern at the Greater Ishpeming-Neguanee Area Chamber of Commerce
We've all been jogging at least one time or another, whether to reach fitness goals or to get outside for some fresh air, but most of us have never been plogging, let alone heard of it. "Plogging" is a combination of jogging and picking up litter, derived from the Swedish verbs plocka upp (pick up) and jogga (jog).
The activity has exploded in popularity in recent years; 2016 had the first organized event in Sweden, and the "sport" has since spread to over 100 countries. Events worldwide have attracted around 3 million people! Virtual plogging events are being held this year, like the Plogging for Hunt Hill Virtual 5K out of Sarona, WI.
Plogging is a good form of exercise, some citing that it burns more calories than the standard jog by incorporating bending, squatting, and stretching. Not to mention, it is beneficial for the environment!
After reading up on this and Earth Week around the corner, I decided to join the estimated 20,000 people who plog each day. I grabbed a pair of gloves and some bags and hit the roads of West Ishpeming.
A short 30 minutes produced four standard plastic bags full of garbage; I could not believe it! Not only did I feel satisfied with my workout, but also with my community service. With the snow melting in recent weeks, I have been noticing an increased amount of garbage along the sides of the road. If we pitch in to clean up the area, our neighborhoods will look amazing!
This Earth Week, April 19-25, I challenge you to give plogging a try with us. Send us your photos on Facebook and Instagram and clean up the West End!