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“A Healthy Lifestyle”



Pre-Listening Question

What are some specific steps to maintain a physically- and emotionally-healthy lifestyle?

Vocabulary and Expressions

Here are some words and expressions that appear in the video:

workaholic (noun): a person who works long hours
– My brother is a workaholic, and he spends up to 14 hours a day running his business.

chronic (adjective): persistent or long-term
– James has had a chronic illness since he graduated from college.

Listening Comprehension Questions

Now, watch the interview and answer the comprehension questions. You can also turn on the automatically-generated captions for the video once you start it.


Randall: I think all of us would agree that being healthy, emotionally and physically, are really important to our overall well-being. So, Emily, when you think about a healthy lifestyle, whether it be physically, emotionally, whatever it might be, what would be one or two things that you would think would be extremely important to keep in mind when maintaining a healthy lifestyle?

Emily: One of the biggest parts of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is self-care. It’s not something that’s often talked about. A lot of times, workaholics are admired, and it’s something that people will strive to be as a workaholic, but as a chronic workaholic, I can tell you that it’s not . . . it’s not something I really enjoy, and maintaining self-care and time for yourself is really important.

Randall: And you mention about working a lot, but self-care, and what could be one or two things that you could do for self care? And they could be just some things that are just really simple, but you have to put them into your schedule.

Emily: Something that is really important for me, for self-care is sitting down and reading a book or watching a movie and just trying to shut off everything else going in my brain.

Randall: Very key, indeed.

Conversation Questions

Describe your own lifestyle. What do you do on a regular basis to stay fit? What things could you do to improve your overall well-being?

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