Health & Physical Fitness

Importance of Nutrition: Fuel for the Fire – Iditarod Nutrition Plan by Sid Lucas

Essential Question:  What role does nutrition play in an athletes performance? (Energy/Nutrition/Metabolism/Cellular Respiration)  By Sid Lucas Students use problem-based learning strategies to calculate dog food quantities necessary to supply the calories required for each food drop along the Iditarod Trail according to a race plan and run/rest schedule determined by an Iditarod musher. This lesson …

MUSHER CIRCUIT TRAINING – Getting Yourself in Top Notch Physical Condition

  Lesson Summary:  Not only are the dogs in top notch physical condition for Iditarod, the mushers are too.  Mushers need to have upper body strength, lower body strength, core strength, cardio-vascular endurance, flexibility and mental stamina.  Students will create stations for a circuit-training course aimed at helping mushers improve strength, endurance and flexibility. Procedural …

Idita-Warm-up Activity – Fitness

Lesson Summary:  Cover the distance to Nome by counting laps jogged for warm-up as miles.  Students decide how many days it will take the class to finish the race.  They create a strategy to reach their goal much that same as the mushers do for the race.   The class keeps track of their progress on …

Iditarod Trail Team Sports and Activities

Lesson Summary:  Create checkpoints in a large outdoor area.   Each checkpoint will have a team oriented or relay type activity that will advance the team to the next checkpoint or must be completed before the team can move to the next checkpoint.  Iditarod Trail can be scaled to take only 1 period of Physical Education …

CHECKPOINT FITNESS: Aerobic & Strength Exercises

Lesson Summary: Students run, jog or walk for a predetermined amount of time and intensity around the gym.  When time is up, students choose a checkpoint to go to.  A student rolls the die to determine what exercise the group will do.  All students perform the exercise.  Repeat. Procedural Activities:  The instructor selects 6 activities …

Calories In – Calories Out – Nutrition and Energy Expenditure

This is a project that includes physical activity and journaling.  As students participate in physical activity during class or outside of class, they will keep a record of calories expended or burned.  For example, riding an exercise bike for 30 minutes at a rate of 16 mph burns approximately 200 calories.  The student would progress …

Idita – Aerobics

In this lesson, students will participate in aerobic activity and progress along the Iditarod trail using minutes as miles.  To follow the F.I.T. Principle, students should participate in aerobic activity 3 to 5 times per week for 30 minutes while working in his/her target zone.  For each minute of aerobic activity, the student moves 1 …

Bootie Relay

In this relay developed by Cathy Walters, 2009 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™, students use classroom chairs to represent dog feet.  Students race to bootie up the team The Bootie Relay game can be played indoors or outdoors, using chairs which have 4 separate legs.  Any age group can participate in this activity. How fast …

Aerobic Scavenger or Checkpoint Hunt

Aerobic Scavenger or Checkpoint Hunt:  Students should be in teams of 3 or 4.  On a large area such as a football or soccer field, spread 26 cones out and conceal slips of paper with checkpoint names under them.  Cones are arranged in a random manner.  The object of this game is to travel from …

For the Love of Dogs and Humans: Nutritional and Hydration Needs

By Blynne Froke, 2012 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™, California Iditarod sled dogs are the most amazing athletes in the world, literally.  We love the challenge they embody, both personal and physical, as they run full tilt across the state of Alaska. It is a passion we share with our best friends.  But if our …