The Reading / Listening - Exercise - Level 5

A study shows that physical activity is 'contagious' because of social media. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that people who post details of their exercise patterns on social media sites motivate other people to be more active. Researchers tracked the exercise routines of 1.1 million runners over a five-year period. They looked at the runners' social network use, distance, time, speed and the calories burned. The researchers concluded that sharing exercise data on social media can inspire others to exercise more, harder and more competitively.



The study includes accounts of how reading about a friend's exercise can be inspiring. It said: "An additional kilometre run by friends can inspire someone to run an additional three-tenths of a kilometre, and an additional ten minutes run by friends can inspire someone to run three minutes longer." Social media improved the performance of slower, less in shape runners, and of those who were showing signs of overtaking a friend's performance. A researcher said: "In general, if you run more, it is likely that you can cause your friends to run more."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Exercise - Level 4 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. A study shows that physical
  2. because of
  3. people who post details
  4. motivate other people to
  5. over a five-
  6. social
  7. calories
  8. inspire
  1. network use
  2. of their exercise
  3. year period
  4. social media
  5. burned
  6. activity is 'contagious'
  7. others
  8. be more active

Paragraph 2

  1. reading about a
  2. three-
  3. an additional
  4. less in shape
  5. showing
  6. overtaking a friend's
  7. In
  8. cause your friends
  1. general
  2. friend's exercise
  3. signs
  4. to run more
  5. tenths of a kilometre
  6. runners
  7. ten minutes
  8. performance

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A study shows that (1) ___________________ 'contagious' because of social media. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that people (2) ___________________ of their exercise patterns on social media sites motivate other people (3) ___________________ active. Researchers tracked the exercise routines of 1.1 million runners over a five-year period. They looked at the runners' social (4) ___________________, distance, time, speed and the (5) ___________________. The researchers concluded that sharing exercise data on social media can inspire others to exercise more, harder and (6) ___________________.

The (7) ___________________ of how reading about a friend's exercise can be inspiring. It said: "An additional kilometre run (8) ___________________ inspire someone to run an additional (9) ___________________ a kilometre, and an additional ten minutes run by friends (10) ___________________ to run three minutes longer." Social media improved the performance of slower, less in shape runners, (11) ___________________ who were showing signs of overtaking a friend's performance. A researcher said: "In general, if you run more, (12) ___________________ you can cause your friends to run more."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Astudyshowsthatphysicalactivityis'contagious'becauseofsocialmedi
a.ResearchersattheMassachusettsInstituteofTechnologyfoundthatp
eoplewhopostdetailsoftheirexercisepatternsonsocialmediasitesmot
ivateotherpeopletobemoreactive.Researcherstrackedtheexercisero
utinesof1.1millionrunnersoverafive-yearperiod.Theylookedattheru
nners'socialnetworkuse,distance,time,speedandthecaloriesburned.
Theresearchersconcludedthatsharingexercisedataonsocialmediaca
ninspireotherstoexercisemore,harderandmorecompetitively.Thest
udyincludesaccountsofhowreadingaboutafriend'sexercisecanbeins
piring.Itsaid:"Anadditionalkilometrerunbyfriendscaninspiresomeon
etorunanadditionalthree-tenthsofakilometre,andanadditionaltenm
inutesrunbyfriendscaninspiresomeonetorunthreeminuteslonger."S
ocialmediaimprovedtheperformanceofslower,lessinshaperunners,a
ndofthosewhowereshowingsignsofovertakingafriend'sperformance
.Aresearchersaid:"Ingeneral,ifyourunmore,itislikelythatyoucancau
seyourfriendstorunmore."

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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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