The Reading / Listening - Level 2

Researchers say office workers and other people who sit down a lot must exercise for one hour a day. This is to increase their chance of living longer. Doctors keep telling us that sitting down all day will make our life shorter. Researchers say that sitting in a chair all day is as dangerous as smoking or being overweight. Sitting for eight hours a day could increase the risk of dying early by up to 60 per cent. However, there is good news for people who sit at a desk all day. One hour's exercise each day can cancel the risk of an early death from sitting all day.



The research was published in time for the Olympic Games. Researchers hope this will get people to exercise more. Being inactive increases the risk of getting heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Watching TV all day is one of the worst things we can do. This is also because we will also eat unhealthy snacks. Office workers should get out of their seat more often. A researcher advised people to: "Take a five-minute break every hour, go to the next office, go upstairs to the coffee machine, go to the printer." 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/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. increase their chance
  2. make our life
  3. as dangerous as smoking or
  4. increase the risk of dying early
  5. there is good
  6. people who sit
  7. One hour's exercise
  8. cancel the risk of
  1. news
  2. each day
  3. by up to 60 per cent
  4. an early death
  5. of living longer
  6. being overweight
  7. at a desk all day
  8. shorter

Paragraph 2

  1. The research was published in time
  2. Researchers hope this will get people
  3. increases the risk of
  4. Watching TV
  5. one of the worst things
  6. workers should get out of their
  7. Take a five-minute break
  8. Build physical activity into
  1. we can do
  2. every hour
  3. seat more often
  4. to exercise more
  5. your everyday life
  6. for the Olympic Games
  7. all day
  8. getting heart disease

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Researchers say office workers and other people (1) ___________________ must exercise for one hour a day. This is to increase their (2) ___________________ longer. Doctors keep telling us that sitting down all day will (3) ___________________. Researchers say that sitting in a chair all day is as dangerous as smoking or (4) ___________________. Sitting for eight hours a day could increase the risk of dying early by up to 60 per cent. However, there (5) ___________________ people who sit at a desk all day. One hour's exercise each day can cancel the risk of an early death (6) ___________________.

The research was published (7) ___________________ Olympic Games. Researchers hope this (8) ___________________ exercise more. Being inactive (9) ___________________ of getting heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Watching TV all day is one of the worst things we can do. This is also because we will also eat unhealthy snacks. Office workers (10) ___________________ of their seat more often. A researcher advised people to: "Take a five-minute break every hour, (11) ___________________ office, go upstairs to the coffee machine, go to the printer." He added: "Build physical activity into (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Researcherssayofficeworkersandotherpeoplewhositdownalotmuste
xerciseforonehouraday.Thisistoincreasetheirchanceoflivinglonger.
Doctorskeeptellingusthatsittingdownalldaywillmakeourlifeshorter.
Researcherssaythatsittinginachairalldayisasdangerousassmokingo
rbeingoverweight.Sittingforeighthoursadaycouldincreasetheriskofd
yingearlybyupto60percent.However,thereisgoodnewsforpeoplewh
ositatadeskallday.Onehour'sexerciseeachdaycancanceltheriskofan
earlydeathfromsittingallday.Theresearchwaspublishedintimeforthe
OlympicGames.Researchershopethiswillgetpeopletoexercisemore.
Beinginactiveincreasestheriskofgettingheartdisease,diabetesandca
ncer.WatchingTValldayisoneoftheworstthingswecando.Thisisalsobe
causewewillalsoeatunhealthysnacks.Officeworkersshouldgetoutoft
heirseatmoreoften.Aresearcheradvisedpeopleto:"Takeafive-minu
tebreakeveryhour,gotothenextoffice,goupstairstothecoffeemachin
e,gototheprinter."Headded:"Buildphysicalactivityintoyoureveryday
life."

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)

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Free writing

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Answers

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