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Session 2

According to scientific research periods of exercise are not only good for your body, but for your brain too - helping to prevent memory loss and other mental conditions. Neil and Catherine teach you how to use the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

News Review

Exercise and the brain

According to recent research, exercise not only keeps your body healthy, but your brain too. This reduces the risk of memory loss and other conditions of the mind.

Language challenge

There's a verb we use to mean 'start doing exercise'. Is it…

a) take up
b) take on
c) take over

Watch the video and complete the activity

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The story

A study says moderate exercise several times a week is the best way for the over 50s to keep their brains in good working order. Australian researchers say combining aerobic activities, such as swimming, cycling or jogging, with muscle-strengthening exercises is most effective. They support the idea that taking up exercise at any age is worthwhile.

Key words and phrases

sharp
mentally quick and intelligent

keep (something) at bay
prevent (something) from happening

stints
limited periods of time spent doing an activity

To do

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News Review quiz

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Now you've watched the video, try to answer these questions about the language in the news.

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Language challenge - answer

a) take up

End of Session 2

Join us in Session 3 for Pronunciation in the News - our video which teaches you pronunciation using the latest BBC World News bulletins. 

Session Vocabulary

  • sharp
    mentally quick and intelligent

    keep (something) at bay
    prevent (something) from happening

    stints
    limited periods of time spent doing an activity