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high impact • rest of the day • energy level • smash • center of gravity
  1. I have a meeting this morning, but after that I will be in the office for the .
  2. His opponent sent a to the opposite side of the court.
  3. The statue had a high and fell over easily.
  4. After his car accident he couldn't play sports anymore.
  5. A few hours after my morning coffee my is really low.
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991 Tai Chi
Monica talks about the increasingly popular exercise of Tai Chi.

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high impact sports

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I like high impact sports like basketball and tennis.

'High impact sports' involve a lot of running and jumping. Notice the following.

  1. For health reasons, older adults should avoid high impact sports.
  2. High impact sports can be more dangerous but, they're fun to play!

for the rest of the day

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This is what I need to do for the rest of the day.

'The rest of the day' is the time remaining in our day after we complete an activity. Here are two samples.

  1. I ate something bad for lunch. I think I'll take the rest of the day off.
  2. I've finished all my classes so for the rest of the day I'm going to surf the net.

energy levels

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It works on your energy levels.

Your 'energy level' is your physical power to do something. Notice the samples.

  1. My energy level is always higher after a good night's sleep.
  2. Carbohydrates can quickly increase your energy level.

a smash

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He is getting ready for a smash.

In tennis, 'a smash' is a very powerful downward hit that most often can't be returned by an opponent. Here are some samples.

  1. Match point was decided by a crushing smash.
  2. The bright sun overhead caused him to miss an easy smash.

center of gravity

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You stand where your center of gravity is.

'Our center of gravity' is a point or position where our weight is balanced. Notice the sample sentences.

  1. In rugby a low center of gravity increases power during contact.
  2. A natural awareness of one's center of gravity is important for a gymnast.
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