Plogging is a fitness trend that will help get you – and the environment – in shape. Scandinavians dreamed up this environmentally friendly form of exercise that blends jogging and picking up trash – and it’s taking off around the world.

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Joggers are taking their workout to new levels as they simultaneously run and pick up litter. The BBC said not only do ploggers receive the benefits of running, but also of core-boosting squat movements to bend down and grab those bottles, cans, or other junk discarded on the ground. All you need to become a plogger is a workout outfit, a bag to collect garbage, and, ideally, a pair of gloves.

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Core77 reported environmentalist Erik Ahlström is one of the movers and shakers behind the trend. When he moved from Swedish ski resort town Åre to Stockholm, he thought the city looked like a dump. He organized jogging groups to run equipped with gloves and garbage bags in an effort to clean up the city. He called this activity plogging, according to Core77, from the Swedish words for “to jog” and “to pick.”

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Many people tend to sigh when they see litter, but the thought of picking it up still grosses them out. The plogging movement could change that, per the website Plogga, by making it trendy to clean up trash. Plogga cites Ahlström as the creator of plogging and calls on other people to get involved. The organization will help people get started or speak to businesses or schools about the fitness trend.

The craze has caught on around the world. Plogging teams and communities are popping up from Paris to the United Kingdom to Thailand.

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Via the BBC and Core77

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