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  • According to recent research, exercise not only keeps your body healthy, but your brain too.
  • There’s a verb we use to mean ‘start doing exercise’.

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.

@bbcle: Which verb means start doing exercise?

A) take up
B) take on
C) take over

Answer:

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.

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.

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

a) take up

b) take on

c) take over

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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.

sharp

mentally quick and intelligent

keep (something) at bay

prevent (something) from happening

stints

limited periods of time spent doing an activity

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If someone is sharp, they are ______.

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