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Fifty years ago, everyone suddenly went to the running track

Fifty years ago, everyone suddenly went to the running track

In the early 1970s, our country was under the influence of grooming, with everyone moving in the open air. TV show Andere Tijden achieved just that broadcast Through.

Trimming at Amsterdamse Bos, photo Across Amsterdam City Archives

Bee The Telegraph August 18, 1969 had a front-page appendix of Secretary Lones’ smiling in a pool. It was intended to be an incentive for zombie readers to get moving. Get rid of sagging stomachs and muscles.

The ministers and the minister of state were good examples and passed away The Telegraph Photography in a sports environment. For example, they supported the Dutch Sports Federation (NSF) which launched a campaign a year ago to move the country.

A National Committee to Amend Reparations Procedure (TRIM) has been created specifically for this purpose, with NSF using the Norwegian term. pruning I borrowed, because apparently the Dutch didn’t know a word for exercise in open space. ‘NSF does not rest before the procedure Ufit trim It is a national event. As they put it, it was a success, because after a month, about 15,000 people had already participated, including 700 Philips and 1500 PTT employees. And so in 1969 the entire Dutch government, if only for a photo.

Everything was good

The definition of “grooming” was still broad in 1968: “cycling or walking for half an hour a day, but at least two hours a week; running or water skiing for half an hour every week; an hour a week of tennis, badminton, and basketball.” And volleyball is all the nanny wants more… It doesn’t matter if the Dutch have moved more.

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Pruning often includes jogging tracks in wooded areas. “Some kind of obstacle course with a tough character,” said Mr Oversteegen, in 1969, the designer of one of those early running tracks. The athlete had to climb over it and if possible within a certain period of time. The first jogging tracks were built in the nearby Arnhem and Posbank forests – these were copied from Germany.

The TV program showed that they were constructed with the most natural materials possible From region to region In 1970. “I will not destroy the forests,” said Mr. Lambarts, the jogging track designer. “Wood that has to be removed, I use it for this and I adapt it to nature. I use anything that has a little shape.”

In other words, environmentally responsible sport. Could it be better? So began the grooming frenzy, which engulfed the entire country of Gelderland. In 1971 there were around 500 jogging tracks, used by hundreds of thousands of people.


As befitting a fad, the post quickly became somewhat compelling. According to the newspaper, “Anyone who doesn’t cut hair yet is actually an awkward guy.” Free people. Proponents of grooming became so confident that they opened a personal care station along the highway in Driebergen in April 1971. The reporter explained that “after the driving efforts, road users can perform the body movements indicated here and then get fit behind the wheel again.” Time to. The Minister of Traffic and Water Management came to open the thing himself.

This tram station was a failure. Two months after it opened The Telegraph a look. “Waiting patiently for three hours on the tall lawn next to the barber station did not get a single nanny on a hot June day. Lots of viewers who intently read the revival for more physical activity and happily left at it.

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In fact, at that time it also became clear that there were necessary problems on the jogging tracks. For example, in 1974 it became clear that they could be particularly dangerous for older athletes. Then the government banned the construction of new jogging tracks. The NSF had hoped to improve conditions with the adjustments, but to no avail, as it turned out in 1979: “The Ministry of Health has serious doubts about the safety of the nanny on running tracks outside of populated areas.”

So pruning wasn’t always that healthy, as track maintenance was another major problem. They were far from the built-up area, so vandalism was often committed. Because of the use of nails and wood for tools, there were more and more accidents.

This is why it should have been different, according to Staatsb Glosbe. Instead of jogging tracks, the focus has been on hiking, cycling and cycling trails. And a new word was borrowed: RunningHe came from the US in 1978. Exactly ten years later, the cutting frenzy is over.

Pruning was dead, jogging lived long!