The Reading / Listening - Walking Speed - Level 2

Researchers say people who walk slowly at the age of 45 may age faster. Slow walkers in their forties and fifties could get older more quickly than faster walkers. This could make people physically and mentally older. Walking speed could help doctors understand more about the health problems older people have. Doctors already know that older people who walk slowly are more likely to have health problems. They wanted to find out if this was the same for younger people. A researcher said: "Doctors know that slow walkers in their 70s and 80s tend to die sooner than fast walkers their same age."



The researchers looked at the data of 904 people. The people had records of health checks from throughout their lives. Some records went back to when the people were three years old. The researchers looked at how quickly people could calculate things and how good their memory was as well as their intelligence. Researchers did tests on the participants at different walking speeds. The participants had to say the alphabet while walking at a normal and fast speed. The people who walked more slowly showed less brain activity in brain scans while saying the alphabet.

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Sources
  • https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326648.php
  • https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-10-slower-walkers-older-brains-bodies.html
  • https://news.sky.com/story/how-fast-do-you-walk-new-warning-about-being-a-slow-walker-11833595


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. people who walk slowly
  2. Slow walkers in their forties
  3. make people physically
  4. help doctors
  5. older people who walk
  6. this was the same for
  7. slow walkers in their
  8. die sooner
  1. and mentally older
  2. than fast walkers
  3. slowly
  4. 70s and 80s
  5. understand more
  6. at the age of 45
  7. younger people
  8. and fifties

Paragraph 2

  1. researchers looked at the
  2. health
  3. throughout
  4. how quickly people could
  5. walking at a normal
  6. showed less brain
  7. brain
  8. while saying the
  1. scans
  2. and fast speed
  3. alphabet
  4. activity
  5. calculate things
  6. data of 904 people
  7. checks
  8. their lives

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Researchers say people (1) ___________________ at the age of 45 may age faster. Slow walkers in their forties and fifties could get (2) ___________________ than faster walkers. This could make people physically (3) ___________________. Walking speed could help doctors understand (4) ___________________ health problems older people have. Doctors already know that older people who walk slowly are more likely to (5) ___________________. They wanted to find out if this was the same for younger people. A researcher said: "Doctors know that slow walkers in their 70s and 80s (6) ___________________ sooner than fast walkers their same age."

The researchers looked (7) ___________________ of 904 people. The people had records of health checks (8) ___________________ lives. Some records went back to when the people were three years old. The researchers looked (9) ___________________ people could calculate things and how good their memory (10) ___________________ as their intelligence. Researchers did tests on the participants at different walking speeds. The participants had to say the alphabet while walking (11) ___________________ and fast speed. The people who walked more slowly showed less brain activity in brain scans while (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Researcherssaypeoplewhowalkslowlyattheageof45mayagefaster.S
lowwalkersintheirfortiesandfiftiescouldgetoldermorequicklythanfas
terwalkers.Thiscouldmakepeoplephysicallyandmentallyolder.Walki
ngspeedcouldhelpdoctorsunderstandmoreaboutthehealthproblems
olderpeoplehave.Doctorsalreadyknowthatolderpeoplewhowalkslow
lyaremorelikelytohavehealthproblems.Theywantedtofindoutifthisw
asthesameforyoungerpeople.Aresearchersaid:"Doctorsknowthatsl
owwalkersintheir70sand80stendtodiesoonerthanfastwalkerstheirs
ameage."Theresearcherslookedatthedataof904people.Thepeopleh
adrecordsofhealthchecksfromthroughouttheirlives.Somerecordswe
ntbacktowhenthepeoplewerethreeyearsold.Theresearcherslookeda
thowquicklypeoplecouldcalculatethingsandhowgoodtheirmemoryw
asaswellastheirintelligence.Researchersdidtestsontheparticipantsa
tdifferentwalkingspeeds.Theparticipantshadtosaythealphabetwhile
walkingatanormalandfastspeed.Thepeoplewhowalkedmoreslowlys
howedlessbrainactivityinbrainscanswhilesayingthealphabet.

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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