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Mixer 90 | Intermediate B1

Staying in Shape

Several people discuss how they stay in shape.

Matthew / Canada
speakerI ride my bicycle. I like to ride my bicycle around most of the time, if I'm able to I'll ride a bicycle to work, and also I like to walk everywhere. I've never owned a car, so I tend to walk a lot of different places.

Lindsay / United States
speakerI like to go running two or three times a week, but to be honest Im not the best runner. I only ... I probably walk for fifteen minutes, then run for ten, and then walk for another fifteen minutes. I'm hoping someday I can work up to run, to do running for at least twenty minutes.

Paul / England
speakerI like to go to the gym a few times a week, I like to go to the gym. I really like running but at the moment it's quite cold outside so I don't like to go running outside so I usually go to the gym and use the treadmill.

Aki / Japan
speakerEvery week I go to yoga. I also go do some walking. I also do some push-ups every day, but that's about it. I also try to control what I eat. I don't eat that much oily food, or I don't drink much alcohol, so I guess that's how I try to keep fit.

Eoin / England
speakerTo stay in shape, I try and walk a lot, is one thing, and also I cycle into work two or three times a week. Now that might not sound like much but I actually work on top of a mountain, so that's a fair amount of exercise. It takes me about thirty, forty minutes.

Shalini / Canada
speakerExercise? Including ... going to the gym, doing yoga, dancing, hiking, whatever ... whatever physical activity I can get my hand on that doesn't involve really going to the gym would be preferable.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson!

work up to


I'm hoping I can work up to run for twenty minutes.

When we 'work up' to something, that means we slowly increase something, in this case time, until we reach our goal.  Notice the following:

  1. I trying to work up to four new vocabulary words per day.
  2. Start slowly and work up to faster speeds.




I usually use the treadmill.

A 'treadmill' is a large exercise machine that we can run on while staying in the same place.  It's a common piece of equipment at most fitness centers.  Notice the following:

  1. I do forty minutes a day on the treadmill.
  2. The treadmill is so boring!

try to control


I also try to control what I eat.

In this case, 'to try to control' something means to organize it, make it work the way we want or restrict.  Notice the following:

  1. Parents should try to control what their kids watch on TV.
  2. I've tried to control my diet, but I love to eat.

get my hand on


Whatever I can get my hand on.

We use the phrase 'whatever I can get my hand(s) on' when we are not particular about something, we will use whatever is close by and convenient.  Notice the following:

  1. I read whatever fashion magazines I can get my hands on.
  2. When I'm hungry, I'll eat anything I can get my hands on.

doesn't involve


Anything that doesn't involve going to the gym.

When talking about an activity, the word 'involve' is similar in meaning to 'include' .  Notice the following:

  1. The work out doesn't involve free weights.
  2. The work out doesn't include free weights.

Vocabulary Quiz

work up to • treadmill • try to control hands on • doesn't involve
  1. It is hard to what you eat during the holidays.
  2. I started at 3 miles, but I want to 7 miles.
  3. She is really sunburned from yesterday, so we need to do something that being outside today.
  4. He reads pretty much whatever he can get his .
  5. After a few minutes on a he starts to sweat a lot.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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