Vocabulary Lessons

“Exercise and Workouts”


Whether you’re preparing for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in China or just getting in shape, there are many different activities you can do to get some exercise. Listen to the words below and consult a dictionary if you need a definition. Write a sample sentence for each word to learn how it is used in context. You can use the Internet to find sample sentences and related information.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

  1. bike riding
  2. bowling
  3. hiking
  4. jogging
  5. rollerblading
  6. skiing
  7. swimming
  8. walking

Activities with “PLAY”

  1. badminton
  2. baseball
  3. basketball
  4. Frisbee
  5. golf
  6. soccer
  7. tennis
  8. volleyball

Activities with “DO”

  1. aerobics
  2. calisthenics
  3. karate
  4. yoga


My father really enjoys ______ several times a month in the mountains near our house, but he always has to be careful when runs across snakes on the trails.

Emily ______ twice a week, but she can't serve the ball very well.

The team usually _______ right before their practice to warm up their muscles and stretch out a little. Light exercise like that will also help prevent injuries.

Follow-Up Activity

What are some of the best exercises to get in shape and/or lose weight? Interview other students, friends, or medical professionals to learn more about different exercise programs and tips for improving your fitness.