Discuss the following questions
1. How do you keep fit? Do you do any regular exercise like
2. Do you do any housework? If you do give some details.
3. Do you think housework is a form of exercise? Can it keep
you fit? Why or why not?
The following words are from today's article. Match them with
1. shed excess pounds
measurement of heartbeat
lose extra weight
a walk at a quick pace
a person who studies the spread and control of diseases
The headline and first paragraph of an article often provide
the main idea of what an article is about. Read Part One of
today's article and decide which of the following sentences
best sums up the main idea.
1. Housework is very tiring.
2. A lot of older women do not exercise enough.
3. Walking is good for your health.
4. Housework does not help you keep fit.
Complete the table with information from Part Two of the article.
Name of University that conducted the survey:
Dr. Ebrahim's job at the university:
Country where the university is situated:
Age of women in survey:
Number of women in survey:
Percentage of those surveyed who enjoyed brisk walking:
Percentage of those surveyed who did more than 2.5 hours a
Percentage of those surveyed who did heavy housework:
Name of journal that published the survey results:
Health benefits of vigorous walking or gardening for 2.5 hours
Health benefits of housework:
Brisk walking is a much healthier option and a better
way to keep fit than mopping floors, dusting and cleaning
windows, particularly for older women between the ages
'Older women need to be doing more physical activity.
Housework probably does not cut the mustard,' said Dr.Shah
Ebrahim, an epidemiologist and expert on ageing at the
University of Bristol, in south-west England.
In a survey of over 2300 elderly women in Britain, 10
percent said they enjoyed brisk walking, one percent did
more than 2.5 hours of gardening a week and more than
half reported doing heavy housework.
But Ebrahim and his colleagues said although housework
requires physical activity it does not seem to have any
'When we look at things that we think would go along with
being physically active and fit, like pulse rate and obesity
levels, they don't show any relationship with housework,'
Ebrahim, whose research is reported in the Journal of
Epidemiology and Community Health, explained.
Women in the survey who walked vigorously for 2.5 hours
a weeks or did an equal amount of gardening were less
likely to be obese and had a lower resting heart rate,
which is a sign of physical fitness.
Although housework requires effort, Ebrahim said more
research needs to be done on its long-term benefits before
it can be included as a health--promoting activity.
'It has been the subject of very little scientific study
because most men don't do it, I suspect, and most science
is done by men,' he added.
/ False / Not Given
Read the article again and decide whether these statements
are True or False according to the article. If there is no
information in the article about the statement, write Not
1. Walking is better for your health than housework.
2. Older women do too much housework.
3. Older women need to exercise more.
4. Housework helps you lose weight.
5. There are more health benefits to doing housework than
vigorous walking and gardening.
6. Housework needs to be researched more.
Answer the following questions using both information from
the article and your own ideas.
1. The article says that brisk or vigorous walking is good
for your health. Why does it need to be brisk or vigorous?
2. The article also says that 'brisk walking is a much healthier
option than housework.' Why is brisk walking better for your
health than housework?
3. Professor Ebrahim says that housework has not been researched
much because most men do not do it. Is the situation changing
in Bangladesh or do women still do all or most of the housework?
4. Rank the following activities from 1 to 12 according to
how much you think they benefit your health. 1 is the most
beneficial activity and 12 is the least.
cleaning your house
playing tennis reading a
book running riding a bicycle
walking weight lifting
The suffix –ologist is frequently used in medicine to
refer to someone who specialises in a particular branch of
medicine or the treatment of a certain part of the body. Complete
the following sentences. The first one has been done for you
as an example. You may use a dictionary to help you.
a. An epidemiologist is a person who studies the spread of
b. A cardiologist….
c. A neurologist….
d. An ophthalmologist….
e. A gastro-entomologist….
f. A dermatologist….
the following table with an appropriate noun or adjective
for these words in today's article
Vocabulary: 1 d 2- e 3 b 4 f 5 g 6 - a 7 - c
Main idea: 4
True/false/not given: 1 T, 2 NG, 3 T, 4 NG, 5 F, 6 T
Word forms: obese, beneficial, consumption, active, vigour,
science, healthy, fitness, exhaustion.
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