Describe an article on health you read in a magazine or on the Internet.
You should say:
what it was
where you read it
why you read it
and explain how you felt about it
I read an article about health fairly recently actually. It was all about going to the gym. I paid particular attention to it because I am thinking of starting to go to the gym. The article was all about different types of training that you can do in the gym, to develop different muscles in the body as well as get good cardiovascular exercise for the heart and blood system. I was sort of interested in what it had to say because I don’t really know what to do in a gym, or what the best exercise regimen is to suit my needs. I don’t really want to develop very strong muscles or anything like that, but I do want to get more fit, more healthy, and develop some strength in my arms and legs. Anyway, I talked about the article I read with a friend of mine, whose English name is Troy. He worked for many years in a gym as a personal trainer, and he said that if you are serious about getting fit and healthy it’s a good idea to get a personal trainer. He also explained that a personal trainer is also a motivator – he or she can help you keep to your routine, push you harder when you need to be motivated, and advise you how best to use the different machines and equipment in the gym so that you don’t injure yourself but exercise your body in the best, most effective way possible. So, I thought that the article was fairly useful, but frankly I think that I got better and more useful advice from my friend Troy. Perhaps I could say that the article gave me a good reason to talk to Troy…it inspired me to talk to Troy… So that was the real benefit of my having read this article, actually.
1. What type of exercise do people in your country often do?
It depends what types of people you’re talking about. People exercise in different ways. Older people often go to the park, do some dancing or use these simple exercise machines in their communities. Young people do all sorts – they go to the gym, they play basketball, football or other competitive sports… other people like to go jogging, or cycling or … there are lots of popular activities that people do here – pretty much the same as anywhere in the world.
2. What kind of exercise or physical education do students do in school?
In school kids learn to do some basic gym exercises, they play some football and ball games and they do running. That’s pretty much it, really. They don’t tend to do a lot of interesting or challenging physical activities in schools where I am from to be honest.
3. Do you think children should receive education in school about keeping fit and healthy and eating healthily?
Well, to some extent yes, I think that they should definitely have physical education classes in school, and as a part of those classes they should also be taught the basics of maintaining a good and healthy diet – and learn about where food comes from and how it’s important to avoid eating too many sweets and things like this.
4. What kind of things can the government do to improve health education, awareness and improve the health of the nation in general?
The government should ensure that people have at least a basic education about keeping fit and healthy. Also, they should make sure that factories that make food, as well as farms and places that produce food, adhere very strictly to food safety and hygiene regulations. Frankly, they have been far too relaxed and perhaps a bit corrupt about this in the past, and I am happy to say that this, I think, is changing – but there is still a lot of work to be done and the government should make sure that standards are set and enforced more strictly. The same goes for the standards of air quality. They need to be more strict about this because cities today are too polluted and the long-term effects of this are not good for people.