The Reading / Listening - Exercise Pill - Level 1

Scientists may soon have a pill to help people who do not exercise. It could also help people who do exercise. The scientists work in California. Their pill could give the same benefits to the body as it gets from running. It could make us healthier, and give us more stamina, a better mood, a healthier heart and a longer life – all with no exercise. The pill increased the performance in mice by 70 per cent. This is good news for people who want to exercise more.



The scientists looked at how exercise changes the body. A researcher said: "It's well known that people can improve their…endurance through training. The question for us was….Can we replace training with a drug?" He found a chemical that copies the positive effects of exercise without exercising. The chemical made the body burn fat instead of sugar. This improves your stamina to the same level as someone who exercises.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Exercise Pill - Level 0 Exercise Pill - Level 2   or  Exercise Pill - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/2017/05/03/exercise-pill-may-replace-workouts-in-future.html
  • http://www.thehealthsite.com/news/can-you-have-an-exercise-pill-to-avoid-work-outs-ag0517/
  • https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-05-exercise-in-a-pill-boosts-athletic-percent.html


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. Scientists may soon have
  2. help people who do
  3. the same benefits
  4. give us more
  5. a healthier
  6. a longer
  7. The pill increased the performance
  8. good news for people who want
  1. heart
  2. life
  3. to exercise more
  4. to the body
  5. in mice
  6. a pill
  7. stamina
  8. not exercise

Paragraph 2

  1. The scientists looked at
  2. exercise changes the
  3. It's well
  4. people can improve
  5. replace training
  6. a chemical that copies the positive
  7. The chemical made the body burn fat
  8. This improves your
  1. their endurance
  2. known
  3. instead of sugar
  4. with a drug
  5. how
  6. stamina
  7. body
  8. effects of exercise

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists may soon (1) ___________________ to help people who do not exercise. It (2) ___________________ people who do exercise. The scientists work in California. Their (3) ___________________ the same benefits to the body as it gets from running. It could (4) ___________________, and give us more stamina, a better mood, a healthier heart and a longer life – all (5) ___________________. The pill increased the performance in mice by 70 per cent. This is good news for people (6) ___________________ exercise more.

The scientists (7) ___________________ exercise changes the body. A researcher said: "It's well known that (8) ___________________ their…endurance through training. The question (9) ___________________….Can we replace training with a drug?" He found a chemical that (10) ___________________ effects of exercise without exercising. The chemical made the body burn (11) ___________________ sugar. This improves your stamina to the same (12) ___________________ who exercises.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistsmaysoonhaveapilltohelppeoplewhodonotexercise.Itcould
alsohelppeoplewhodoexercise.ThescientistsworkinCalifornia.Theirp
illcouldgivethesamebenefitstothebodyasitgetsfromrunning.Itcould
makeushealthier,andgiveusmorestamina,abettermood,ahealthierh
eartandalongerlife–allwithnoexercise.Thepillincreasedtheperform
anceinmiceby70percent.Thisisgoodnewsforpeoplewhowanttoexerci
semore.Thescientistslookedathowexercisechangesthebody.Aresea
rchersaid:"It'swellknownthatpeoplecanimprovetheir…endurancethr
oughtraining.Thequestionforuswas….Canwereplacetrainingwithadr
ug?"Hefoundachemicalthatcopiesthepositiveeffectsofexercisewitho
utexercising.Thechemicalmadethebodyburnfatinsteadofsugar.Thisi
mprovesyourstaminatothesamelevelassomeonewhoexercises.

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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