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"feel like a million bucks" = feel in very good health

"Hey, some people get tired after a long day's work, but I feel like a million bucks."

"play it safe" = be careful and not take chances

"My knee still hurts, so I'm going to play it safe and not go jogging today."

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A Healthy Lifestyle
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary and Grammar
4. Post-Listening
5. Online Investigations

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Think of five important steps to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Write them down and look up information on the Internet to support these ideas.

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II. Listening Exercises [Top]
I. Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button of the audio type you want to hear, and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. What does the man want to do?
A. play basketball with friends from work
B. try out for the company baseball team
C. get in shape and compete in a cycling race

2. What is the woman's main concern?
A. She is worried her husband will spend too much time away from home.
B. She is afraid her husband will become a fitness freak.
C. She is concerned about her husband's health.

3. What is the woman's first suggestion to her husband?
A. He should see a doctor.
B. Her husband should start with a light workout.
C. Her husband needs to visit a fitness trainer.

4. What does the woman advise about the man's diet?
A. He should consume less salt.
B. He should eat less fatty foods.
C. He should add more protein products to his diet.

5. Why does the man's wife recommend cycling?
A. It is good for improving muscle tone.
B. It helps strengthen the heart.
C. It helps develop mental toughness.

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

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4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

Find information on the following topics and discuss your findings with a partner:

  • serious health concerns in different countries and solutions to resolving these problems
  • a basic daily menu for a healthy lifestyle
  • recommended exercises for different age groups and people with certain health risks

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
There are many companies that promote products promising amazing, and often, unbelievable health claims dealing with anything from weight loss to better memory power. For example, diet plans, weight loss aids, and nutritional supplements can provide health benefits, but you have to evaluate claims. So, how can we tell whether the claims are true or not? Search online for a product or service that claims to provide fantastic results, read over the information, and identify any parts of the ad that might be deceptive or misleading. Does the ad use an emotional appeal to get you to buy a product? Share your ideas with a partner.

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