What is plogging all about, the training that combines sport and caring for the environment

Plogging combines physical exercise with a positive impact on the environment (Getty Images)

Running is one of the sports most chosen by those who decide to do physical activity in the city and are interested in their physical well-being. The benefits it can bring to health are known: it strengthens the heart, increases lung capacity, tones muscles, strengthens bones and fights stress. But There is a new sporting trend for those who choose to go further, who not only care about their own well-being but are also interested in the environment: plogging.

Plogging is a trend that started in Stockholm, Sweden; This sport consists of collecting the rubbish that comes across on the road when going for a run. In this way, the usual route that is carried out in the runner routine is added the exercise of lifting garbage on the road, as if it were obstacles that make physical activity difficult. Carrying out this activity is very simple and does not involve any extra equipment, just add a bag to collect the garbage found.

Its boom was due to the amount of garbage found by runners who went out daily to do their routine, from bottles, cans, papers and more. To solve this problem, they began to take care of themselves cleaning their travel routes and discovered that an extra exercise was added to the running activity, which is the squat movement that involves bending over to lift the waste. In this way, the trend that began in Europe, spread to a large number of countries, becoming all the rage in the United States and now it begins to have its first fans in Latin America.

Plogging is a trend that started in Stockholm, Sweden (Getty Images)
Plogging is a trend that started in Stockholm, Sweden (Getty Images)

Rita bolivar, head of impact at Pura, Triple Impact B Company that develops products with technology and innovation for water treatment, specified that “plastic bottles are found lying on streets, beaches, forests, ecological reserves and any hidden place that we can imagine. To assess this problem, it is important to mention a study by the UN -environment- which revealed that 79% of the waste generated from plastic is found in landfills or thrown into the environment and only 9% is recycled”.

“Today, Only 30% of plastic bottles are recycled, although the ideal is to stop using them completely, supporting that they can be recycled is an important help”Explained the specialist. In this sense, Bolivar commented that consuming bottled water generates 200 times more global warming than drinking purified water. This was concluded by a study carried out by the National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI). The best alternative for those who go out to do this sport are reusable bottles because “they are the undisputed allies to begin to adopt healthy and sustainable hydration habits” concluded the specialist.

Social networks are a great tool for fans of this ecological sports practice who share their achievements with photos and videos supporting more and more people who are environmentally conscious join this movement.

Social networks are a great tool for fans of this ecological sports practice who share their achievements with photos and videos (Getty Images)
Social networks are a great tool for fans of this ecological sports practice who share their achievements with photos and videos (Getty Images)

Plogging in Argentina

In no time, plogging spread to the rest of the world. He swiftly crossed the limits of Scandinavian territory until in 2018 landed in Argentina. Today, on the national soil, the attachment to the practice is already great.

Every day new groups appear that are added to plogging, either promoted individually or by groups, ONG’s or from educational or government establishments in different corners of the country.

There are experiences in 18 provinces, between them Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, Salta, Chaco, Neuquén, Corrientes, La Rioja, Córdoba, Tucumán. There is even a playlist on Spotify, “Plogging in Argentina: Athletes on the move for the environment ”.

The move landed in Argentina after the initiative of Paula Gosso Eguia, a veterinary doctor from Mar del Plata, concerned about the environmental impact on the marine environment
The move landed in Argentina after the initiative of Paula Gosso Eguia, a veterinary doctor from Mar del Plata, concerned about the environmental impact on the marine environment

The growing furor responds to several factors. First, the sequence of systematically slowing down, stooping, lifting, and resuming stride creates a much more productive exercise for the body.

“The activity produces a higher caloric expenditure when combining running or another sport with lunges and squats that is done by collecting waste that we find as we move around ”, explained in 2019 to Infobae Paula Gosso Eguía, doctor from Mar del Plata and co-founder of Plogging Argentina, one of the groups of fans that proliferate in the networks. I think Plogging Argentina based in Mar del Plata, in 2018, and the movement quickly spread throughout the country.

“As a result, this type of training and attitude towards the environment contributes many more endorphins, given that We are not only taking care of our body but we also take care of nature, and that also affects the people around us, generating contagion and good habits”He continued.

Taking care of the environment is the other reason to join the practice, considers Gosso Eguía, who argues that this can serve as motivation when you lack the desire to go out and train. “The waste we collect is not heavy or dangerous or repulsive things. At first people are ashamed but once you get over that the activity becomes playful”Said the founder.

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