Go 'plogging' to get fit and do good

Activity, which involves picking up trash while jogging, is gaining popularity around the globe

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Plogging, a new fitness trend that combines jogging and picking up litter, started in Sweden in 2016 and is catching on around the world.
Mr Lee Leong Hui (in front) plogging at the East Coast beach with his colleagues from property firm Lendlease last Thursday, as part of the company's annual community day. The term "plogging" is a mash-up of the word "jogging" and the Swedish words "
Mr Lee Leong Hui (in front) plogging at the East Coast beach with his colleagues from property firm Lendlease last Thursday, as part of the company's annual community day. The term "plogging" is a mash-up of the word "jogging" and the Swedish words "plocka upp", meaning "pick up". Mr Lee collected more than 110 items of garbage that day over a distance of 6km. PHOTO: MATTHIAS CHONG, IVA WEBER
Mr Lee Leong Hui (in front) plogging at the East Coast beach with his colleagues from property firm Lendlease last Thursday, as part of the company's annual community day. The term "plogging" is a mash-up of the word "jogging" and the Swedish words "
MS IVA WEBER (above, left), who started the Instagram hashtag #ploggingsingapore two months ago, during a plogging session with some friends. PHOTO: MATTHIAS CHONG, IVA WEBER
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Former competitive kayaker Lee Leong Hui easily knocks back 100 to 200 sets of push-ups, crunches and pull-ups weekly at the gym.

Last Thursday, however, the 23-year-old graduate finance analyst was already asking for water after half an hour of "plogging" at East Coast beach.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 07, 2018, with the headline Go 'plogging' to get fit and do good. Subscribe