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work out • join • treadmill
stuffy • common
  1. Running on a is so boring compared to running outside.
  2. The attic in this house really .
  3. I really need to today, because I haven't exercised all week.
  4. It's sense not to play with electronics near water.
  5. Now is the best time to a health club, because they're offering discounts.
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#541 Weight Loss

Ruth and Akane talk about losing weight.

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work out

I've been really eating healthy and working out a bit as well.

You 'work out' if you do exercise.  This usually refers to exercising in a gym or individually instead of playing team sports.  Notice the following:

  1. He works out every morning before coming to the office.
  2. It was a really busy day, and I didn't have time to work out.


I joined a new gym. It wasn't that expensive either and it's been really good.

If you 'join' a club or a group, you become a member.  Notice the following:

  1. I want to join a gym, so I have a comfortable place to exercise.
  2. He joined a band when he was 17 years old.


My favorite thing to do is to run on the treadmill.

A 'treadmill' is a type of exercise machine that allows you to run or walk while staying in one place.  It has a track that goes in circles under you feet and can move and many different speeds.  Notice the following:

  1. After only ten minutes on the treadmill, I thought I was going to die.
  2. She has a treadmill in her living room, so she can exercise while she watches television.


Do you mind the fact when you're in the gym the air is really stuffy.

If air is 'stuffy,' it feels humid and like there is no ventilation or air movement.  Notice the following:

  1. It feels stuffy in a car with all the windows rolled up.
  2. I have to go for a walk outside.  It feels so stuffy in this office.

common sense

I think it's just common sense.

'Common sense' is something that everybody knows or understands.  It is common sense to not walk in front of a moving car. Notice the following:

  1. He is very intelligent, but has no common sense.
  2. It's common sense that you need food and water to survive.


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