The Reading / Listening - Weekend Warriors - Level 5

There is good news for 'weekend warriors' – people who only exercise at the weekend. Doing your recommended exercise at the weekend is enough to help you live longer. Researchers from universities in Loughborough and Sydney found that the health benefits from working out daily or at the weekends were almost the same, as long as people burnt enough calories. Weekend warriors can lower their risk of dying from cardiovascular diseases by 41 per cent and from cancer by 18 per cent. Those who exercised more regularly reduced their risks by 41% and 21%.



The article is published in the journal 'JAMA Internal Medicine'. It is based on a survey of 64,000 adults aged over 40. The researchers recommended people do at least 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity once or twice a week. They said: "The present study suggests that less frequent bouts of activity, which might be more easily fit into a busy lifestyle, offer considerable health benefits." They added: "A particularly encouraging finding was that a physical activity frequency as low as one or two sessions per week was associated with lower mortality."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Weekend Warriors - Level 4 or  Weekend Warriors - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/health-38560616
  • http://www.livescience.com/57425-weekend-warrior-exercise-health.html
  • http://www.heart.co.uk/news/uk-world/weekend-warriors-exercising-even-just-once-a/


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. good
  2. people who only exercise
  3. Doing your recommended
  4. enough to help
  5. health benefits
  6. almost the
  7. as long as people burnt
  8. cardiovascular
  1. same
  2. exercise
  3. benefits
  4. news
  5. enough calories
  6. diseases
  7. at the weekend
  8. you live longer

Paragraph 2

  1. published in the
  2. based on a
  3. adults aged
  4. recommended people do
  5. vigorous
  6. once
  7. be more easily fit into
  8. associated with lower
  1. or twice a week
  2. over 40
  3. activity
  4. mortality
  5. journal
  6. a busy lifestyle
  7. survey
  8. at least 150 minutes

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There (1) ___________________ 'weekend warriors' – people who only exercise at the weekend. Doing your recommended exercise at the weekend is (2) ___________________ you live longer. Researchers from universities in Loughborough and Sydney found (3) ___________________ benefits from working out daily or at the weekends were (4) ___________________, as long as people burnt enough calories. Weekend warriors can lower their risk of dying (5) ___________________ diseases by 41 per cent and from cancer by 18 per cent. Those who exercised (6) ___________________ reduced their risks by 41% and 21%.

The article is (7) ___________________ journal 'JAMA Internal Medicine'. It is based on a survey of 64,000 (8) ___________________ 40. The researchers recommended people (9) ___________________ 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity once or twice a week. They said: "The present study suggests (10) ___________________ bouts of activity, which might be more easily (11) ___________________ lifestyle, offer considerable health benefits." They added: "A particularly encouraging finding was that a physical activity frequency as low as one or two sessions per week (12) ___________________ lower mortality."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Thereisgoodnewsfor'weekendwarriors'–peoplewhoonlyexercisea
ttheweekend.Doingyourrecommendedexerciseattheweekendiseno
ughtohelpyoulivelonger.ResearchersfromuniversitiesinLoughborou
ghandSydneyfoundthatthehealthbenefitsfromworkingoutdailyoratt
heweekendswerealmostthesame,aslongaspeopleburntenoughcalor
ies.Weekendwarriorscanlowertheirriskofdyingfromcardiovasculardi
seasesby41percentandfromcancerby18percent.Thosewhoexercise
dmoreregularlyreducedtheirrisksby41%and21%.Thearticleispublis
hedinthejournal'JAMAInternalMedicine'.Itisbasedonasurveyof64,0
00adultsagedover40.Theresearchersrecommendedpeopledoatleast
150minutesofmoderateactivityor75minutesofvigorousactivityonce
ortwiceaweek.Theysaid:"Thepresentstudysuggeststhatlessfrequen
tboutsofactivity,whichmightbemoreeasilyfitintoabusylifestyle,offer
considerablehealthbenefits."Theyadded:"Aparticularlyencouraging
findingwasthataphysicalactivityfrequencyaslowasoneortwosession
sperweekwasassociatedwithlowermortality."

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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