Exercise hay Sport là những hoạt động hàng ngày rất quen thuộc đối với mỗi chúng ta. Do đó, không có gì ngạc nhiên khi đây là những chủ đề chính và hay gặp trong IELTS Speaking Part 2. Để giúp các bạn ôn tập lại những từ vựng liên quan đến chủ đề này, chúng tôi đã tổng hợp lại một số kiến thức cơ bản ở phía dưới đây. Mời các bạn tham khảo!

1. Từ vựng về Exercise

extreme sports = dangerous sports: thể thao mạo hiểm

to be highly dangerous and life-threatening: nguy hiểm và đe dọa đến tính mạng

to involve a high level of risk: liên quan đến mức độ rủi ro cao

bungee jumping/ freediving/ ice climbing/ skydiving/ mountain biking: nhảy bungee / nhảy tự do / leo núi băng/ nhảy dù / đi xe đạp leo núi

team sports >< individual sports: thể thao đồng đội >< thể thao cá nhân

to lead a sedentary lifestyle: có một lối sống ít vận động

to take regular exercise: tập thể dục thường xuyên

to spend more time engaging in physical activities: dành nhiều thời gian hơn để tham gia vào các hoạt động thể chất

to keep fit and stay healthy: giữ dáng vàcó sức khỏe tốt

to reduce stress and depression: giảm căng thẳng và trầm cảm

to burn calories and build muscle → maintain a healthy weight: đốt calo và xây dựng cơ bắp → duy trì một cân nặng tốt

to have the opportunity to develop independence: có cơ hội phát triển sự độc lập

to make every possible effort to achieve their goals: cố gắng hết sức để đạt được mục tiêu của họ

to sacrifice themselves for the sake of their team: hy sinh bản thân vì lợi ích của cả đội

to learn valuable life lessons: học những bài học cuộc sống quý báu

to learn how to work effectively in a team environment: tìm hiểu cách làm việc hiệu quả trong môi trường đội nhóm

to have the chance to challenge themselves: có cơ hội để thử thách bản thân

to push themselves to their limits: đẩy bản thân đến giới hạn

to step out of their comfort zone: bước ra khỏi vùng thoải mái của họ

to pose a serious threat to …: đặt ra một mối đe dọa nghiêm trọng cho …

to suffer from serious injuries or even death: bị thương nặng hoặc thậm chí tử vong

to require special training and specialized gear/ equipment: yêu cầu đào tạo đặc biệt và dụng cụ/ thiết bị chuyên dụng

to undergo appropriate training: trả qua quá trình đào tạo phù hợp

2. Cue card và bài mẫu thường gặp về Exercise

Describe an exercise you have tried. You should say:

- What the exercise is.

- What equipment it requires.

- When you first tried it.

- Why you think it is a good exercise.

I’m going to talk about tennis as I believe it is a particularly beneficial form of exercise. 

First of all tennis is a competitive sport that is popular worldwide. Generally, a match has two players and the aim of the game is to hit a ball over a net that is placed between the two opponents. I guess, the most well-known tennis tournament in the world would have to be Wimbledon, which takes place in England. 

In order to play tennis, one would need a racket, some sports clothes such as trainers and shorts, and of course, a tennis court to play on. Unfortunately, tennis equipment can be quite expensive. I recently bought a new racket that cost an arm and a leg! 

I’ve been playing tennis for more than a decade, but my father first introduced to this activity. My dad is a massive fan, and regularly joins competitions. I remember him teaching me the basic techniques and rules of the game when I was about 12 years old. 

I believe it’s incredibly valuable , not only because of the considerable health benefits, but also because it’s so enjoyable. It is a well-known fact that tennis can help one to get fit but for me it’s mostly about fun. I’ve been playing tennis every weekend for the past 5 years. In this time,  I have made countless new friends . Furthermore, it helps me to blow off some steam after a hectic working week.  

Talk about a sport or exercise that you do for fitness. You should say:

- what it is

- how often you do it

- why you do it

- and explain how this activity or sport helps your fitness.  

Walking is a good form of exercise and requires less physical efforts than any other regular forms of exercise. I walk regularly in the morning to keep my body fit.

I want to talk about one of the most popular forms of exercise - walking. Walking has a wide range of health benefits. It makes the people fit and the most important thing is that the people who walk do not need any external instruments to perform the walk. Moreover, it is convenient to all ages of people. There is no preset speed or distance is set for walking. So, an individual can have the walk after his or necessity. But in some cases when walking is prescribed by a doctor to prevent any specific physical illness or disorder, then you are to follow the prescribed distance to get cured.

Well, I usually take the walk in the early hours of the day and take it every day. I have no physical disorders or any other troubles but I go for the walk to have a grand opening for the day. Usually, on the weekends, I take a break from the walk. You know the weekend nights are too exciting in Singapore streets and thus I cannot get back at home before midnight. If you were me, it would have been tougher for you too to get up at 5.30am for the walk. So, I take the breaks on the weekends. But on the other days, I do not miss the walk and also have formed a team of walkers who accompany me in the early morning. I have two neighbours who are also conscious of their health and thus we three move for the walk in the city street.

Do you know that walking is the best form of freehand exercise? I think you are well informed about it. In fact, walking does not need any specific cause to perform and the benefits are more than your imagination. I get the walk done in the morning so that I can have a healthy beginning of the day. When I go out for the walk, I have the chance to breathe in the fresh air. Besides, the surrounding environment is calm and quiet. There are not traffics on the roads and everything remains silent which is not found in the other times of the day. So, I walk in the morning. Besides, I have to sit all the time in my office (the boring desk job) and lack the required movements to burn calories I intake. Though the calories are not harmful now, they contain the potentials to affect me after few years if I do not care about them from now. This is another important issue for me to walk in the morning.

The morning walk is helping me to a great extent to maintain my fitness level. I have been walking for around three years and as a result, my weight is under control and the heartbeat follows the regular rhythm while many of my colleagues have gained weight only for their desk job whereas I have been fit as I was in the beginning days of my job. Moreover, the morning walk makes my mind fresh and I feel lucky to breathe in the fresh air. Usually, the air is hot and polluted in the busy hours in this Lion city and I also cannot manage enough spaces to walk speedily. So, I have picked the morning to get the walk. Besides, it gives me the energy to deal all the challenges at my office. Moreover, I can think clearly which I believe is the benefit of walking as it keeps my thoughts cool always.

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