The latest fitness fever ‘plogging’ is catching up in the country with the Indian government officially pledging its support by organising the Fit India Plog Run. The initiative will be held on October 2 and will directly come under the aegis of the Fit India Movement that was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier on August 29.
Although a relatively new activity in India, plog runs are famous across the world. However, the government’s initiative to organise plog run on a national level has garnered much interests across various sections.
What is Plogging Running?
To put it simply, Plogging Running (derived from Swedish Plocka Upp) includes jogging while picking up plastic and other waste along the way. As a result, the initiative has a two-pronged effect – Swasth (Fitness) and Swachhta (Cleanliness). In other words, it is “staying fit while keeping the country clean”.
Moreover, plogging running includes various body movements like bending, squatting as well as stretching done during the picking up of the waste in addition to the running, hiking, or walking. This provides a complete exercise apart from the mental satisfaction of keeping the neighbourhood clean. While traditionally, cleanliness leads to a healthy lifestyle, the reverse is true with Plogging run.
Who is involved in the initiative?
Among those supporting the cause are Bhaichung Bhutia, Shilpa Shetty, and Bajrang Punia. Moreover, some 1,200 Kendriya Vidyalayas across the country along with CBSE-affiliated schools and industry bodies such as PhD Chambers and Assocham, FICCI, CII, 2500 RWAs in Delhi and NCR will also be involved in organizing the Fit India Plog Run across the nation.
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Union minister Kiren Rijiju has also urged people to participate in Plogging Run on October 2. Speaking about the response for the initiative, the minister said, “First of all, it is very exciting to see how the citizens are coming forward to participate in the Fit India Movement and for the Plogging Run on October 2nd. On the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, we need to do something big, and the biggest thing would be ‘swachata’–cleanliness. PM Modi has already stated that we have to make India clean to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. On October 2nd, we will run, but we want people to pick up all plastic along the way and keep it where it actually belongs.”
“People are participating in the Fit India Movement in large numbers. We have received a response from all age groups in the country. People have responded very well to the movement and it makes me believe that it will be a universal initiative. If the movement is successful, it will lead to better sports culture in the country,” he added.
“We have a leader in a form of Modji who has given a dream to the people of this country, a dream where India will be prosperous, a dream where every Indian will be fit. It’s very heartening to see that on the basis of our PM, people are participating in Fit India movement in a massive manner,” Rijiju said.
“If we don’t make our country clean then the dream of every Indian to make India a powerful and beautiful country will not be successful. People organise many events but we should keep in our mind that every event must be people-friendly and environment-friendly. If you do a good event but it is not environmentally-friendly then there is no point,” he added.