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Exercise Program

Listening Exercises
Listen to the conversation again by pressing the Play Audio button and read along with the conversation. Review the Key Vocabulary and the sample sentences.

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Josh: Hey, I hear you and Stephanie are really getting serious.

Michael: Yeah, I think she'll be impressed with my new exercise program.

Josh: What? What are you talking about? What exercise program? What did you tell her?

Michael: Well, you know, I enjoy staying in shape. [Right] First, I generally get up every morning at 5:30 a.m.

Josh: Oh, yeah. Since when? You don't roll out of bed until at least 7:30 p.m.

Michael: No, no, and on Mondays and Wednesdays, . . .

Josh: Ah, not another tall tale . . .

Michael: I almost always go jogging for about a half hour, you know, to improve my endurance.

Josh: Hey, jogging to the refrigerator for a glass of milk doesn't count.

Michael: Of course, before I leave, I usually make sure I do some stretches so I don't pull a muscle on my run.

Josh: Right. One jumping jack.

Michael: Then, I told her that I usually lift weights Tuesdays and Thursdays for about an hour after work.

Josh: Humph.

Michael: This helps me build muscle strength.

Josh: A one-pound barbell.

Michael: Finally, I often go hiking on Saturdays with my dog [What dog!?], well, and I like hiking because it helps me burn off stress and reduce anxiety that builds up during the week.

Josh: Oh yeah, those lies.

Michael: Well, uh, as for Fridays, I sometimes just relax at home by watching a movie or inviting you over to visit.

Josh: If I buy the pizza.

Michael: But . . . bu . . . And on Sundays, I take the day off from exercising, but I usually take my dog for a walk.

Josh: Forget it. She'll never buy this story.

Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • generally (adverb): usually
    - She generally does aerobics right after she gets up.

  • tall tale (noun): unusual or unbelievable story
    - His running in a 100 kilometer race is just a tall tale. He gets tired just walking to the kitchen table.

  • endurance (noun): the ability to keep doing something difficult for a period of time
    - I don't know if he has the endurance to play the entire basketball game.

  • burn off (verb): get rid of
    - The teacher had the boy run around the gym to burn off his extra energy.

  • anxiety (noun): feelings of being worried
    - Working out at the health club helps me get rid of anxiety and frustration from work.

  • buy a story (idiom): believe something that is probably not true
    - Don't buy his story that he exercises everyday. It's just not true.

Vocabulary Activities [Top]

Now, do these exercises to review the vocabulary. Then, return back to the Post-Listening Exercise to use the vocabulary in real conversations.

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