The Reading / Listening - Exercise - Level 4

A study says social media makes exercise 'contagious'. Researchers found that people who put details of their exercise on social media motivate other people to exercise more. Researchers tracked 1.1 million runners over a five-year period. They looked at the runners' social network use, distance, time, speed and calories burned. They concluded that sharing exercise data on social media inspires others to exercise more, harder and more competitively.



The study has reports of how reading about a friend's exercise can be inspiring. It said an extra kilometre run by friends can inspire someone to run three-tenths of a kilometre farther, and an extra ten minutes run by friends can inspire someone to run three minutes longer. Social media improved slower, less in shape runners, and those who were showing signs of overtaking a friend. If you run more, it is likely that you can make friends run more.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Exercise - Level 5 or  Exercise - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/healthy-living/fitness/news/a28041/is-running-contagious/
  • http://www.health.com/fitness/running-socially-contagious
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/well/move/running-may-be-socially-contagious.html?_r=0


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. social media makes exercise
  2. put details of their exercise
  3. motivate other people
  4. Researchers tracked
  5. over a five-
  6. They looked at the runners' social
  7. calories
  8. more
  1. year period
  2. to exercise more
  3. burned
  4. competitively
  5. network use
  6. on social media
  7. 1.1 million runners
  8. 'contagious'

Paragraph 2

  1. reading about a friend's exercise
  2. an extra
  3. run three-
  4. inspire
  5. run three minutes
  6. less in
  7. showing signs of
  8. you can make
  1. longer
  2. overtaking a friend
  3. friends run more
  4. tenths of a kilometre
  5. kilometre
  6. can be inspiring
  7. someone
  8. shape runners

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A study says social (1) ___________________ 'contagious'. Researchers found that people who put (2) ___________________ exercise on social media motivate other people (3) ___________________. Researchers tracked 1.1 million (4) ___________________ five-year period. They looked at the runners' social (5) ___________________, distance, time, speed and calories burned. They concluded that sharing exercise data on social media inspires others to exercise more, harder and (6) ___________________.

The study has (7) ___________________ reading about a friend's exercise can be inspiring. It (8) ___________________ kilometre run by friends can inspire someone to run three-tenths of a kilometre farther, (9) ___________________ minutes run by friends can inspire someone to run three minutes longer. Social media improved slower, (10) ___________________ runners, and those who were (11) ___________________ overtaking a friend. If you run more, (12) ___________________ you can make friends run more.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Astudysayssocialmediamakesexercise'contagious'.Researchersfou
ndthatpeoplewhoputdetailsoftheirexerciseonsocialmediamotivateo
therpeopletoexercisemore.Researcherstracked1.1millionrunnersov
erafive-yearperiod.Theylookedattherunners'socialnetworkuse,dis
tance,time,speedandcaloriesburned.Theyconcludedthatsharingexe
rcisedataonsocialmediainspiresotherstoexercisemore,harderandm
orecompetitively.Thestudyhasreportsofhowreadingaboutafriend'se
xercisecanbeinspiring.Itsaidanextrakilometrerunbyfriendscaninspir
esomeonetorunthree-tenthsofakilometrefarther,andanextratenmin
utesrunbyfriendscaninspiresomeonetorunthreeminuteslonger.Soci
almediaimprovedslower,lessinshaperunners,andthosewhoweresho
wingsignsofovertakingafriend.Ifyourunmore,itislikelythatyoucanm
akefriendsrunmore.

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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