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Date: Sep 06 2013

Themes: Health, Sports

Grammar: You're vs. Your


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Do you like to work out? Are you motivated to get in shape, or is exercise the last thing you want to do with your free time? It seems like people feel one way or the other. While fitness is a big priority for some people, it can also be painful, hard work.

There are many reasons that people choose to exercise. Maybe your doctor has told you that you need to lower your cholesterol with a daily cardio plan. Maybe you want to lose weight and you’re exercising with friends. Maybe you’ve hired a personal trainer who knows how to encourage you to work hard. No matter why you do it, exercise is a big commitment and it’s something to be proud of!

Find out if Lily and Marni like to work out in this English lesson about good health.


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Marni:  I’ve got to stretch. I just finished a killer workout!

Lily:  Oh, really?

Marni:  Yeah.

Lily:  You actually make time to work out?

Marni:  It’s so important! I love doing cardio. I love getting my heart rate up. I just go running or jogging for an hour.

Lily:  I’ve never really felt motivated to actually get in shape like that. I don’t run. I’m really clumsy and I fall over things. I don’t like exercising that much, you know?

Marni:  You know what I think you need?

Lily:  What?

Marni:  A personal trainer. You need someone who’s going to be there and whip you into shape, tell you what to do… that’ll motivate you.

Lily:  I don’t think I would respond very well to someone yelling at me for an hour while I’m doing push-ups. It wouldn’t spur me on towards fitness. Do you know what I mean?

Marni:  But they do motivate you. They do encourage you to get in shape. They’ll work with you with your personal goals. And I know you have some problems with cholesterol, so you might want to think about it.

Lily:  I guess.


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Marni won’t stop talking about how much she loves to work out. She wants Lily to get excited about exercise, but Lily’s just not interested. Lily feels clumsy and isn’t motivated to go running or visit the gym. She thinks that hiring a personal trainer would be like paying someone to yell at her, and she’s definitely not cool with that plan.

Lily sounds like a lot of people in the world. She knows how important exercise is for her health, but finding the energy and interest to do it is a challenge. Marni’s attitude is the exact opposite. She’s a little obsessed with fitness and will do or say anything it takes to convince Lily to give it a try. But will it work?

Do you exercise regularly? Have you always liked to work out, or is it something you learned to like? What’s the best way to become fit?



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United States

I do exercise regularly everyday, simple stretching stuffs. It really help me get in shape. Exercising is one of the most important parts in my daily routine. I think everybody should come up with their own way of exercise not to get any stress from it.  

10:41 PM Sep 21 2014 |

La Princesse de la vie


Yes, everyday I go either jogging or running for an hour. And I do this ‘cause I really like to be fit and healthy. And it’s not hard for me ‘cause it became a habit, and the same time, I know it’s so useful and it’s the right thing for everybody to do.

I’m not a fitness expert to say what the best way to become fit is, but I think I won’t be wrong if I said that watching out what kind of food you eat and doing exercise, no matter what kind of excercise, are the right way to take to be in form. :)

12:51 PM Sep 15 2013 |




ohhh really _ 

07:11 PM Sep 13 2013 |




I love exercise. Most often i do that 6 days a week to achieve the healthier mind and body. However i was bored, gloomy and not efficient when i skipped it. No target date for the exercise goal because the end is still the same, trying to be more healthy all the time

12:39 PM Sep 13 2013 |




I go swmming twice a week and I try to go for a walk whenever possible. But it is something I´m still trying to take a liking to. I´d swum for 5 years then I took a break and saw my cholesterol soar so I went back to it. Though I´m not all that keen to exercise I do know it´s very important to keep myself both fit and healthy. I have a reason to not give it up but I imagine how hard it is having to stay fit or health and not like it.

03:30 PM Sep 09 2013 |





thanks alot for your explanation 

I will not forget your this deed  :)


10:25 PM Sep 08 2013 |



Exercise hard. No pain no gain! 

06:14 PM Sep 08 2013 |



I ike karate and kendo ,taht’s fun .I want to go to other countries~my english name is Abby ,im 14 .i want to make other countries’ friend to study

04:43 PM Sep 08 2013 |




as a worker before computes,i really do not do exercise.however if i want to have a good body,maybe i should change from now on .

02:54 PM Sep 08 2013 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

although exercise is good and healthy, i ignore it. recently, i have understood that swimming is the best sport and i try to do it so often.

12:15 PM Sep 08 2013 |



United Arab Emirates

Do exercise , have Good Life

10:44 AM Sep 08 2013 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

How could to exercise in the big busy cities?

09:55 AM Sep 08 2013 |

Ya Nina


I like to exercise because I know exactly why I do it. I see my goals and they are very important for me. I know that if I will exercise regularly it wll be useful for me. My body won’t have excess weight and it means that I can be active and energetic.
Certainly, to exercise regularly is a very big effort because to start to exercise is a rather easy but to continue to exercise and make yourself to keep your exercises is a not simple task. So, there are not a lot of people who have such strong will and exercise every day.
Nevertheless, I try to be a such person. I suppose that in that not simple question you can help variety. For example, you begin to exercise an aerobic, but in a six month you feel that you can’t make yourself to continue that exercises. In that case I begin to work out a different exercises. For example, it can be yoga, shaping, jogging etc. So, if you will be do so, you are never tired from exercises and never stop do it.

09:40 AM Sep 08 2013 |




like (y)

06:03 AM Sep 08 2013 |



due to burden of office work i back to home in late hours, so i could not do exercise or do jogging or run every day.

05:43 AM Sep 08 2013 |



i neeed it moooore

11:18 PM Sep 07 2013 |



I practice exercises everyday of week in a gym has 6 months, and on weekend I go rest. I’m getting in shape but I don’t taked it like a obsession . It takes a lot of discipline and willpower. I can say the self-discipline and willpower is very rewarding in the future like are being for me now.

06:25 PM Sep 07 2013 |




I usually go jogging with my roommates for 40 to 50 minutes,not only I want to lose weight ,but also stay health.Let’s go the playground and do exercises,just for health.

12:40 PM Sep 07 2013 |


United States

I tried several gyms and personal trainers….none of it worked!!! what did work was buying myself several PS2 fitness games like Yourself finets, DDR revolution and eye toy kinetic I got in shape in about 6 six months

04:05 AM Sep 07 2013 |


United States

taauiza yes a killer and an assasin is the same thing so your confusion is right but it can also be used to describe extremely good things (exagerating of course) for example: Damm! those chicken nuggets had a killer sauce! in this example the sauce was very good, excellent, impressive; or “awesome”. but it is slag so personally I dont use it

04:02 AM Sep 07 2013 |

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