Exercise & Fitness: Study Materials, Vocabulary, and Discussion Questions



Exercise Quotes


Vocabulary(Article #1)

  • Sedentary – characterized by or requiring sitting; inactive
    Example: His sedentary lifestyle has resulted in several health problems.
  • Intimidating – having a frightening, overawing, or threatening effect
    Example: Her boss’s intimidating demeanor made her nervous during meetings.
  • Ditch – to get rid of or abandon something
    Example: He decided to ditch his old car and buy a new one.
  • Monotonous – dull, tedious, and repetitious; lacking in variety and interest
    Example: His job was so monotonous that he often fell asleep at his desk.
  • Endeavor – an attempt to achieve a goal
    Example: She made a great endeavor to get into the university of her choice.
  • Demotivate – to reduce someone’s enthusiasm or motivation
    Example: The negative feedback from her boss demotivated her from pursuing her idea.
  • Frustration – the feeling of disappointment or annoyance caused by the inability to achieve a goal or fulfill a desire
    Example: His constant failures led to feelings of frustration and low self-esteem.
  • Obsessing – excessively preoccupied with or worried about something
    Example: She was obsessing over the exam results, even though she had done well.
  • Burst – sudden outbreak or increase of something
    Example: The burst of laughter from the audience was unexpected but welcomed.
  • Counterintuitive – contrary to what intuition or common sense would indicate
    Example: It may seem counterintuitive, but drinking more water can actually help reduce bloating.
  • Couch potato – a person who spends a lot of time sitting or lying down, usually watching
    TV Example: He had turned into a couch potato after retiring from work.
  • Ultra-coordinated – exceptionally well-coordinated
    Example: The gymnast’s ultra-coordinated movements were mesmerizing to watch.
  • Vigorous – strong, healthy, and full of energy
    Example: The vigorous exercise routine helped him lose weight and feel more energetic.
  • Intensity – the quality or state of being intense; extreme force, degree, or strength
    Example: The intensity of the storm caused a lot of damage.
  • Profusely – in large amounts or quantities; to a great degree; abundantly
    Example: She apologized profusely for being late.
  • Prolong – to extend the duration of something
    Example: The company decided to prolong the project deadline to give employees more time to complete their work.
  • Ambitious – having or showing a strong desire and determination to succeed
    Example: Her ambitious nature led her to start her own business.
  • Inept – having or showing no skill; clumsy
    Example: He was inept at playing sports and always struggled to keep up with his teammates.
  • Spontaneously – occurring or done without prior planning or thought; impulsive
    Example: They decided to take a spontaneously road trip over the weekend.
  • Accountable – responsible for something and answerable for one’s actions
    Example: He was held accountable for the errors made in the financial report.
  • Inconvenient – causing trouble, difficulties, or discomfort; not convenient
    Example: The flight delay was very inconvenient and caused her to miss an important meeting.
  • Immerse – to involve oneself deeply in a particular activity or interest
    Example: She decided to immerse herself in learning a new language.
  • Stroller – a small carriage with four wheels in which a baby or child is pushed around
    Example: She took her baby for a walk in the stroller in the park.
  • Zoning out – to stop paying attention and become lost in one’s thoughts or distractions
    Example: She often found herself zoning out during long meetings at work. 

Discussion Questions: 

  1. What was the most recent exercise you did?
  2. How many times a week do you exercise? How much time does one workout usually take?
  3. Describe an average workout. What kind of exercises do you do?
  4. Do you prefer to exercise at home or in a gym?
  5. How do you feel about the social or public nature of gym workouts?
  6. How much do you look at or interact with other people? Do you feel like people are watching you?
  7. Do you prefer to work out alone or with other people?
  8. What was the most fun exercise you’ve ever experienced?
  9. What is the worst pain you have experienced while exercising?
  10. How much exercise time do you think is appropriate?
  11. Do you have a favorite sport to play? If so, how often do you play it these days and how much exercise does it provide?
  12. Do you usually sleep well after exercising?
  13. Have you ever been on a diet? If so, what kind and did the diet succeed or fail? 
  14. What kind of body type do you want?
  15. Do you think exercise is important to get the body you want, or do you think diet is more important? Why?
  16. Do you feel the need for exercise?

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