Physical Education KS4 / GCSE: Body cell regeneration

Lewis ‘Lew’ Hollander is an 87-year-old triathlete and example of how our body’s cell regeneration can help keep us physically active into old age.

Almost every part of our body constantly renews itself.

It’s this regeneration that lets us do such incredible things – even into old age.

Lew is observed taking part in the ‘Escape from Alcatraz’ triathlon – a 1½ mile swim, an 18-mile cycle and an 8- mile run.

Even at the age of 87 your body must keep growing to repair itself.

Lew has a relaxed view about growing old and keeping fit and healthy and the targets that he sets himself.

He is a testament to how amazing our bodies are.

Teacher Notes

The clip could be used to springboard discussion about the principles and methods of training required to prepare Lew for the triathlon.

It could also be used to stimulate thinking about how psychology and setting targets in not only sport, but life is important for wellbeing.

In addition, the information about red blood cells carrying oxygen could be used to introduce the workings of the respiratory system.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for teaching Physical Education at KS4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4 and 5 in Scotland.