388 Routine


Mike talks about his daily routine.

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Joel
Mike

Hi, I'm Mike and this is my daily routine. I get up early every day, around 6:30 and I go to the gym for a work-out before I go to work. I usually do aerobic exercise for awhile and then do some weight lifting for maybe half an hour at the gym, then I'll return home, and as I work from my home, I turn on my computer and start working on what needs to be done. I usually skip breakfast and I'll work until about 12:00 then I'll prepare lunch and have a fairly big lunch because I don't eat breakfast. Then after lunch, I'll go back, continue working on Internet or whatever I have to do for work, until about 6:00 when I usually start getting phone calls from friends of mine who live abroad and then in the evenings if I'm not using my time doing things with the Internet or surfing the web, then I'm speaking to people on the Internet or on my phone and that pretty much sums up my usual daily routine.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

work-out

I go to the gym for a work-out before I go to work.

When you 'work-out' you spend time exercising. When used as a noun, 'work-out' refers a period of time that is spent exercising.

Notice the following:

  1. I try to do a work-out every day.
  2. In order to keep healthy you need to make sure that you do regular work-outs.

weightlifting

I usually do aerobic exercise for a while and then do some weightlifting.

'Weightlifting' is the process of using weights to help to build up certain muscle groups in the body. When you weight-lift you move weights using the same motion a certain number of times.

Notice the following:

  1. I have never tried weightlifting. It looks like hard work.
  2. He is a weightlifting champion.

what needs to be done

I turn on my computer and start working on what needs to be done.

'What needs to be done' refers to the things that need to be achieved.

Notice the following:

  1. Just do what needs to be done.
  2. I will help you with the housework. Tell me what needs to be done.

live abroad

I usually start getting phone calls from friends of mine who live abroad.
To 'live abroad' means to live in a different country than where you are from.

Notice the following:

  1. My aunty lives abroad.
  2. I think I would quite like to live abroad at some point in my life.

sum up

That pretty much sums up my usual daily routine.

When you 'sum something up' it means that you summarize it.

Notice the following:

  1. So to sum up, you think that I need to clean my room.
  2. I will then write a sentence that will sum up the document.

 

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Complete the sentences with the words below.
work-out • weightlifting • done
lived abroad • sum
  1. The physical trainer wants me to do some to build my muscles.
  2. I didn't have a very good today because I'm tired.
  3. He has for almost five years now, so it's very special when he comes home.
  4. We want to help, but we don't know what needs to be .
  5. To up the meeting today, we need to work hard to increase our sales next month.