Treadmill vs Outdoors: Which is best? Opinion from BBC News.

_87928496_7040cbb2-c8b9-4ba9-a85b-efd1b11ab104For those of you teaching units of work on developing training and fitness programmes that haven’t seen this interesting article published recently on the BBC, it is certainly worth a quick look.  Michael Mosley considered the age old debate around running outdoors or on a treadmill.  Building around issues including energy levels, speed, safety and well being, the article is interesting and while in many respects anecdotal rather than concrete is a useful consideration of some of the key issues around this debate. For what it is worth, for me, as an occasional runner, this is a no brainer.  I hate running on a treadmill.  I even hate running on a track because it is repetitive, so for me a treadmill one of my worst exercise nightmares.  Also, I stress that as someone living with a spouse that runs daily in temperatures of sometimes as low as -20 during the winter months here in Sweden, the treadmill is never a ‘preferred’ option for her either!  As the Swedes say, (in Swedish of course), ‘there is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes’.

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(c) Ian Gavin 2016.

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SEHS/TOK ideas: Can we ever justify using knowledge that we know has been created through questionable means?

When starting a new blog and trying to both set a standard and make a positive first impression it is always good to start with something nice and simple; IB Theory of Knowledge (TOK)!  However, I think it is fair to say that teaching SEHS, or any advanced Sports Studies courses offers educators many opportunities to address a range of ethical and moral questions as part of their course, whether it is directly on the syllabus on not.  While the more obvious examples, such as the use of performance enhancing drugs are well documented, there are many other interesting discussions and debates that emerge from our courses.

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