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Jogging in Forest Great for Mental Health (22nd June, 2012)

A new report says jogging in a forest can help stop mental health problems. Researchers say going for a run in the countryside is twice as good for you as going to the gym. The study, from a research team at Glasgow University, was reported by Britain's "Daily Telegraph" newspaper. It shows the positive effect of running through woodland on people who are depressed or stressed. Researchers said other outdoor activities also helped lower the risk of poor mental health.

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The researchers questioned nearly 2,000 people who exercised regularly. They compared the mental health of people who walked, ran or cycled in the countryside with those who exercised in the city or in a gym. They found that being around nature lowered people's stress levels. Head researcher professor Richard Mitchell said he knew exercising in the hills and forests was good for us, saying: "Being in areas that have lots of trees and grassy areas help to calm us down."

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

help stop mental

a.

good for you

2

twice as

b.

of running

3.

going

c.

the risk

4.

the positive effect

d.

to the gym

5.

people who

e.

health problems

6.

helped lower

f.

are depressed

 

Paragraph 2

1.

The researchers questioned

a.

ran or cycled

2

people who walked,

b.

people's stress levels

3.

being around nature lowered

c.

have lots of trees

4.

exercising in

d.

nearly 2,000 people

5.

areas that

e.

us down

6.

help to calm

f.

the hills and forests


LISTENING GAP FILL

A new report says jogging in a forest ________________ mental health problems. Researchers say going for a run in the countryside is ________________ for you as going to the gym. The study, from a research team at Glasgow University, was ________________ Britain's "Daily Telegraph" newspaper. It shows the ________________ of running through woodland on people ___________________ or stressed. Researchers said other outdoor activities also helped ___________________ of poor mental health.

The researchers __________________ 2,000 people who exercised regularly. They ________________ mental health of people who walked, ran or cycled in the countryside with those __________________ the city or in a gym. They found that being around __________________ people's stress levels. Head researcher professor Richard Mitchell said he knew exercising in the hills and forests ________________, saying: "Being in areas that have lots of trees and grassy areas ________________ down."


MULTIPLE CHOICE

A new report (1) ____ jogging in a forest can help stop mental health problems. Researchers say going (2) ____ a run in the countryside is       (3) ____ as good for you as going to the gym. The study, from a research team at Glasgow University, was reported (4) ____ Britain's "Daily Telegraph" newspaper. It shows the positive effect of running through woodland (5) ____ people who are depressed or stressed. Researchers said other outdoor activities also helped (6) ____ the risk of poor mental health.

The researchers questioned nearly 2,000 people (7) ____ exercised regularly. They compared the mental health of people who walked, ran or cycled in the countryside with (8) ____ who exercised in the city or in a gym. They found that (9) ____ around nature (10) ____ people's stress levels. Head researcher professor Richard Mitchell said he knew exercising in the hills and forests (11) ____ good for us, saying: "Being in areas that have lots of trees and grassy areas help to calm us (12) ____."

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

say

(b)

says

(c)

saying

2.

(a)

for

(b)

as

(c)

at

3.

(a)

two

(b)

double

(c)

twice

4.

(a)

by

(b)

so

(c)

of

5.

(a)

to

(b)

in

(c)

on

6.

(a)

lower

(b)

lowered

(c)

lowering

7.

(a)

whom

(b)

who

(c)

whoever

8.

(a)

those

(b)

them

(c)

they

9.

(a)

was

(b)

be

(c)

being

10.

(a)

downing

(b)

lowered

(c)

fell

11.

(a)

being

(b)

be

(c)

was

12

(a)

up

(b)

down

(c)

along


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

help stop mental health rsebplmo

2.

ggion for a run

3.

citwe as good for you

4.

the positive fetcfe

5.

people who are depressed or eesdssrt

6.

helped lerwo the risk

 

Paragraph 2

7.

researchers nsiqtuoede nearly 2,000 people

8.

They aredpomc the mental health

9.

walked, ran or lecdyc

10.

being around tanrue

11.

areas that have lots of eesrt

12.

rsagys areas


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

problems. Researchers say going for a run in the countryside is twice as good for you as going

(    )

The researchers questioned nearly 2,000 people who exercised regularly. They compared

(    )

the mental health of people who walked, ran or cycled in the countryside with those who

(    )

people's stress levels. Head researcher professor Richard Mitchell said he knew

(    )

stressed. Researchers said other outdoor activities also helped lower the risk of poor mental health.

(    )

exercising in the hills and forests was good for us, saying: "Being in

(    )

to the gym. The study, from a research team at Glasgow University, was

(    )

reported by Britain's "Daily Telegraph" newspaper. It shows the positive

(    )

areas that have lots of trees and grassy areas help to calm us down."

(    )

exercised in the city or in a gym. They found that being around nature lowered

(    )

effect of running through woodland on people who are depressed or

1  )

A new report says jogging in a forest can help stop mental health


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

in    a   forest   can   help    stop   mental   health   problems    Jogging.

2.

countryside     the     in     run     a     for     Going.    

3.

the     gym     Twice     as     good     for     you     as     going     to.    

4.

effect     positive     The     woodland     through     running     of.    

5.

mental     poor     of     risk     the     Lower     health.    

6.

nearly     The     researchers     2,000     questioned     people.    

7.

nature     around     Being     levels     stress     people's     lowered.    

8.

was     good     for    us    Exercising    in    the    hills     and     forests.    

9.

have     Being     lots     in     of     areas     trees     that.    

10.

Grassy     down     us     calm     to     help     areas.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about exercising for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other's work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. EXERCISING: Search the Internet and find more information about jogging and exercising. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about exercising. Include an imaginary interview with a forest jogger. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to an exercise expert. Ask him/her three questions about exercising. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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