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"throw in the towel" = give up and accept defeat

"Jim realized he couldn't continue the race, so he threw in the towel."

"put on pounds" = gain weight

"He's put on a few pounds this past year, so he decided to start jogging."

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Exercise Program
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening
5. Online Investigations

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mediumexerciseconversationtwo men1:15

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Describe different types of exercise that are helpful in these areas: flexibility, strengthening, and endurance.

HELPFUL TIP: Regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Use the Internet to gather information on workout routines, weight loss motivation, and weight loss tips. However, before you start a regular exercise program, you should consider seeing a doctor for medical advice.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. What does the man usually do on Mondays and Wednesdays?
A. He runs.
B. He plays tennis.
C. He does aerobics.

2. What does the man do before the activity in Question 1?
A. He swims.
B. He does push-ups.
C. He stretches.

3. Why does the man lift weights?
A. to strengthen his muscles
B. to improve his endurance
C. to increase his flexibility

4. Why does the man go hiking on Saturdays?
A. It helps him get rid of his worries from the week.
B. Hiking allows him to burn off weight from overeating.
C. Walking with his dog provides opportunities to enjoy nature.

5. What does the man do on Sundays?
A. He relaxes and watches TV.
B. He goes for a walk.
C. He goes swimming.

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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are some of the reasons why people exercise? What are some of best types of exercise for losing weight, improving cardiovascular fitness, and strengthening and stretching? Share your experiences or those of people you know who have had positive experiences in improving their health by exercising.

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
People participate in different forms of exercise for various reasons. Compare these three types of exercise and identify the physical and possibly emotional benefits of each: aerobics, running, and weight training. Use the Internet to gather this information.

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