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Aprenda inglés en una oficina activa

14 mayo 2014 Última actualización: 14:47 GMT

En un nuevo experimento, una "oficina activa" promueve el ejercicio sin tener que ir al gimnasio. Vea el video y aprenda nuevo vocabulario.

Transcripción en inglés

Not the gym, but the office.

British researchers believe sedentary work can increase the risk of heart disease.

They're trying to make people change their habits.

Children are taking part in the experiment too. In this school, some pupils take lessons standing.

Meetings might never be the same again. Next time you take a stand, why not do it standing up?

Vocabulario

sedentary sitting down most of the time; not doing much physical activity

heart disease medical condition affecting the heart

habits things people do regularly, often without much active thought

experiment scientific test that is done in order to discover or confirm something

take a stand express a firm opinion, often opposing the currently accepted view

Watch the video online: The active office http://bbc.in/1mTOPTo

Ejercicios

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

sedentary / heart disease / habits / experiment / take a stand

1. Living alone is linked to ________ that are bad for health. For example, eating poorly and having less motivation to be physically active can be a consequence of being physically isolated.

2. I get a sense of euphoria every time I stand up," she said. "When someone is sitting down the whole time not only does the spirit die but the body begins to die. We are not meant for a ________ life."

3. Though it is only a simple game, rock-paper-scissors is seen as a useful model for studying competitive behaviour in humans - in financial trading for example. A previous ________ found that playersunconsciously mimic the actions of their opponents - a surprising result because advantage is usually gained by acting differently.

4. Many studies have sought to explain why there is a low incidence of ________ in France, despite many of its inhabitants eating a high-fat diet.

5. Union members have voted to ________ against the risks of wearing high heels in the workplace in favour of more "sensible shoes". Delegates at the TUC congress in Liverpool backed a motion requiring some employers to carry out risk assessments about workers' footwear.

Respuestas

1. Living alone is linked to habits that are bad for health. For example, eating poorly and having less motivation to be physically active can be a consequence of being physically isolated.

Source: Loneliness 'on the rise among elderly'

http://bbc.in/1iMTUgQ

2. "I get a sense of euphoria every time I stand up," she said. "When someone is sitting down the whole time not only does the spirit die but the body begins to die. We are not meant for a sedentary life."

Source: Ted 2014: Meeting the real bionic man

http://bbc.in/OEEgYQ

3. Though it is only a simple game, rock-paper-scissors is seen as a useful model for studying competitive behaviour in humans - in financial trading for example. A previous experiment found that players unconsciously mimic the actions of their opponents - a surprising result because advantage is usually gained by acting differently.

Source: How to win at rock-paper-scissors

http://bbc.in/1nPaIHb

4. Many studies have sought to explain why there is a low incidence of heart disease in France, despite many of its inhabitants eating a high-fat diet.

Source: Red wine health benefits 'overhyped'

http://bbc.in/1g2JdHF

5. Union members have voted to take a stand against the risks of wearing high heels in the workplace in favour of more "sensible shoes". Delegates at the TUC congress in Liverpool backed a motion requiring some employers to carry out risk assessments about workers' footwear.

Source: Unions take 'stand' on stilettos

http://bbc.in/1iNgyWf

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