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Vocabulary Quiz
lean • disciplined • pillar
strenuous • instead of
  1. You need to learn to be more about studying.You can't always wait until the last minute.
  2. He has always been a of strength in his family.
  3. I would like french fries salad.
  4. He has a very strong and build.
  5. The trainer led her through a workout.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

832 Health
Jeff talks about what he does to keep himself healthy.

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very lean

Jeff is very lean and fit.

Someone who is 'lean' and fit, is slender and healthy, without extra fat.  Notice the following:

  1. I was lean and fit at university, but not anymore.
  2. The swimmers were all lean and fit.

disciplined person

To become fit, you need to be a disciplined person.

A 'disciplined' person does things they should do, like homework or exercise, even if they don't want to.  Notice the following:

  1. He's not a very disciplined person.
  2. I wish I were a more disciplined person.


One of the pillars of staying healthy is to have discipline.

A 'pillar' is a very important part of a group, system or idea.  Notice the following:

  1. He's a pillar of the community
  2. Freedom of speech is a pillar of American culture.


Your exercises don't have to be strenuous.

'Strenuous' means physically difficult.  Notice the following:

  1. Yoga is slow but strenuous.
  2. It was a strenuous hike.

instead of

Ride your bicycle to work instead of taking the subway.

When we have two choices, we chose one 'instead of' the other.  Notice the following:

  1. I'm not in the mood for a movie. Let's go dancing instead.
  2. We don't have Coke - would you like Pepsi instead?