The Reading / Listening - Level 1

Researchers say people who sit down a lot must exercise for one hour a day. This is so they live longer. Doctors keep telling us that sitting down a lot makes our life shorter. Sitting in a chair all day is as dangerous as smoking or being overweight. Sitting for eight hours increases the risk of dying early by 60 per cent. However, there is good news. One hour's exercise each day can cancel the risk of dying early from sitting all day.



The research was published in time for the Olympic Games. Researchers hope this will get people to exercise more. Watching TV all day is very unhealthy because we will also eat unhealthy snacks. No exercise increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. People should get out of their seat more. A researcher advised people to take breaks every hour, or to walk upstairs. He added: "Build physical activity into your everyday life."

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Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/health-36895789
  • http://gizmodo.com/how-much-you-need-to-exercise-to-make-up-for-sitting-al-1784399171
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/27/office-workers-must-exercise-for-an-hour-a-day-to-counter-death/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. people who
  2. exercise for one
  3. This is so they live
  4. sitting down a lot makes
  5. Sitting in a chair all
  6. as dangerous as smoking or
  7. increases the risk of dying
  8. there is good
  1. day
  2. longer
  3. news
  4. sit down a lot
  5. being overweight
  6. early
  7. hour a day
  8. our life shorter

Paragraph 2

  1. The research was published
  2. this will get people to
  3. Watching TV all day is
  4. we will also eat
  5. increases the risk of heart
  6. People should get out of their
  7. take breaks every
  8. your everyday
  1. unhealthy snacks
  2. very unhealthy
  3. life
  4. seat more
  5. hour
  6. in time
  7. disease
  8. exercise more

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Researchers say people (1) ___________________ lot must exercise for one hour a day. This (2) ___________________ longer. Doctors keep telling us that sitting down a lot makes our life shorter. Sitting in a chair all day (3) ___________________ as smoking or (4) ___________________. Sitting for eight hours increases the (5) ___________________ by 60 per cent. However, there is good news. One hour's exercise each day can (6) ___________________ of dying early from sitting all day.

The research was published (7) ___________________ the Olympic Games. Researchers (8) ___________________ get people to exercise more. Watching TV all day is very unhealthy because (9) ___________________ unhealthy snacks. No exercise increases (10) ___________________ disease, diabetes and cancer. People should (11) ___________________ seat more. A researcher advised people to take breaks every hour, or to walk upstairs. He added: "Build (12) ___________________ into your everyday life."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Researcherssaypeoplewhositdownalotmustexerciseforonehourada
y.Thisissotheylivelonger.Doctorskeeptellingusthatsittingdownalot
makesourlifeshorter.Sittinginachairalldayisasdangerousassmoking
orbeingoverweight.Sittingforeighthoursincreasestheriskofdyingear
lyby60percent.However,thereisgoodnews.Onehour'sexerciseeachd
aycancanceltheriskofdyingearlyfromsittingallday.Theresearchwasp
ublishedintimefortheOlympicGames.Researchershopethiswillgetpe
opletoexercisemore.WatchingTValldayisveryunhealthybecausewe
willalsoeatunhealthysnacks.Noexerciseincreasestheriskofheartdise
ase,diabetesandcancer.Peopleshouldgetoutoftheirseatmore.Arese
archeradvisedpeopletotakebreakseveryhour,ortowalkupstairs.Hea
dded:"Buildphysicalactivityintoyoureverydaylife."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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