What Is Plogging And Why Is Everybody Talking About It?

12 Reasons Everyone Should Try Plogging

Jogging + picking up litter + free beer = plogging.

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So you're probably wondering, what exactly is "plogging" and how does it lead to free alcohol??

Well, plogging is a new exercising trend that gets you in shape and also earns you a free beer (which probably cancels out your exercising, but hey its free beer!). To plog, one simply goes jogging, and while they are jogging, they also pick up trash.

This worldwide trend started in Sweden and has finally made its way to my hometown, Baton Rouge. Just last Thursday, August 23rd, a plogging event was held in Mid City by Elifin Realty. The plogging part of the event lasted for about an hour, and all the "ploggers" were given T-shirts, sanitary gloves and trash bags.

^ ^ ^ Don't mind me hardcore lampshading in this picture. I swear I'm wearing shorts.

At the end of the hour, everyone met at Radio Bar to get their trash weighed and enjoy free beer. While drinking at the barn, some ploggers were given awards for collecting the most litter and for finding the most unique "trash"(one man's trash is another man's treasure?).

^ ^ ^ My friend and boyfriend standing in front of the interesting trash sign. In case you thought they were the interesting trash :,)

If you aren't completely sold on the idea of plogging, here are some reasons to help change your mind:

1. It's great exercise

It's basically running plus squatting plus weights. Who doesn't love a three in one workout? (minus people who hate working out)

2. It's great for your community

Show the place where you live some love and clean it up.

3. It's great for the environment

Just imagine a cute baby raccoon getting entangled in plastic trash? Sad right? Now go plogging.

4. Free beer

If the sad animal argument didn't win you over, maybe the free beer will.

5. You get to meet amazing new people

Every time there is a plogging event, tons of people go! And of course, they are all amazing because they care about their community, the environment and know how to have a great time!!

6. You get to hangout with your friends while doing something good

Even if you are more of an introvert (@ myself) and are shy when it comes to meeting new people, plogging makes a great time for hanging out with friends

7. You will feel like a saint

The feeling you have after doing a good deed is one you should never pass up, and it pairs perfectly with beer :).

8. You can go at your own pace

Even though plogging is usually done with a large group of people, you are more than free to decide how fast to jog. So, whether you are an intense fitness guru or a couch potato, this workout is perfect for you!

9. It makes doing "leg day" much more manageable

Since you are constantly bending down to pick up litter, you are doing squats for days without even noticing it.

10. You compete for prizes

If you love a good competition than this is for you! There are two awards that are given out, one is "Most Litter Plogged" and the second one is "Most Unique Piece of Litter Plogged." When I went, the winners received gift cards to Varsity Sports!

11. It's family- and pet-friendly

AKA there will be doggos!!

12. It is FREE

So, just like the beer, the entire event is free to attend!

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A Beginner's Guide to Milwaukee Sports

Part I: The Bucks

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Being a college student in Milwaukee has its perks, especially for sports fans. Now, while some may have brought their hometown teams to college, others (myself included) may have warmed up to the Cream City teams without knowing much about them. If this is the case for you, then these pointers can help you start enjoying Milwaukee basketball without looking and sounding like a bandwagon fan.

Quick History

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Here are some facts about the Bucks that can make you feel more knowledgeable about the franchise:

- They have only won one championship (back in 1971) and have lost one NBA Finals series (1974) (Land of Basketball)

- They have only had one* MVP-caliber player in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (#33) during the 1971, 1972, and 1974 seasons (Land of Basketball)

- Other Notable Players Include: Oscar Robertson (#1), Sidney Moncrief (#4), Jon McGlocklin (#14) and Ray Allen (#34) (Land of Basketball)

*Giannis Antetokounmpo may win the MVP award this year

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Gear Up

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This one is a bit of a no-brainer. Wearing team's colors or spirit wear is a must, especially if you're going to a game. Most items like hats and t-shirts are perfectly acceptable, and these are great if you're not trying to break the bank. Buying your gear from a sporting goods store will usually be cheaper than buying them from the team store (the main one of which is located in Fiserv Forum). Most online stores like NBA.com, Fanatics, Fansedge, and sometimes even the team's online store will have sales on sports gear, so getting a good deal on team wear is always a plus!

A Word of Caution: Jerseys

All three of these players are not part of the 2018-2019 roster and #77 and #3 have been reused by current players Ersan Ilyasova (#77) and George Hill (#3)

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If you're willing to go the extra mile, buying a jersey can really get you into locked in and pumped for the live action. However, it should be kept in mind that official Nike NBA jerseys range from $110-$250, so they definitely are an investment. While there are other options available like the FastBreak jerseys by Fanatics, they are a simpler (still official) knockoff of the Nike jerseys. Also; beware buying sale jerseys. There are usually three reasons why jerseys are ever on sale (aside from a storewide sale): a player is injured, a player doesn't play much and is about to be traded, or a player has been traded. While there is nothing wrong with having the jersey of a player who went on to another team (like Kareem and Allen), you are not exactly going to get brownie points for wearing a Jabari Parker or a Thon Maker jersey anytime soon.

Know The Current Squad

Fiserv Forum, Home of the Milwaukee Bucks

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Everyone in Milwaukee has heard of Giannis Antetokounmpo, but who else is part of the supporting cast?

Starting Five for the 2018-2019 Milwaukee Bucks (Basketball Reference):

- #6 Eric Bledsoe at Point Guard

- #13 Malcolm "The President" Brogdon at Shooting Guard

- #22 Khris "Money" Middleton at Small Forward

- #34 Giannis "The Greek Freak" Antetokounmpo at Power Forward

- #11 Brook "Splash Mountain" Lopez at Center

Student Perk

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Using your university email, you can get special discount ticket offers for home games by signing up for the Bucks' Student Rush Program. Tickets usually start at $15 per ticket, and the seats available may depend on who the Bucks are playing (and how well they are doing during the season).

Get Involved and Have Fun!

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Don't be afraid to get into it! The Bucks are an amazing team to watch and they love Bucks Nation. In addition to cheering at games, going to team events and player appearances can be great ways to make memories and even get an autograph or two!

Are You a Bucks Fan Now?🦌

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I think Giannis would agree!

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