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Vocabulary Quiz
work up to • treadmill • try to control hands on • doesn't involve
  1. It is hard to what you eat during the holidays.
  2. I started at 3 miles, but I want to 7 miles.
  3. She is really sunburned from yesterday, so we need to do something that being outside today.
  4. He reads pretty much whatever he can get his .
  5. After a few minutes on a he starts to sweat a lot.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.
Superbowl Party

Mixer #90 Staying in Shape

Several people discuss how they stay in shape.

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work up to


I'm hoping I can work up to run for twenty minutes.

When we 'work up' to something, that means we slowly increase something, in this case time, until we reach our goal.  Notice the following:

  1. I trying to work up to four new vocabulary words per day.
  2. Start slowly and work up to faster speeds.




I usually use the treadmill.

A 'treadmill' is a large exercise machine that we can run on while staying in the same place.  It's a common piece of equipment at most fitness centers.  Notice the following:

  1. I do forty minutes a day on the treadmill.
  2. The treadmill is so boring!

try to control


I also try to control what I eat.

In this case, 'to try to control' something means to organize it, make it work the way we want or restrict.  Notice the following:

  1. Parents should try to control what their kids watch on TV.
  2. I've tried to control my diet, but I love to eat.

get my hand on


Whatever I can get my hand on.

We use the phrase 'whatever I can get my hand(s) on' when we are not particular about something, we will use whatever is close by and convenient.  Notice the following:

  1. I read whatever fashion magazines I can get my hands on.
  2. When I'm hungry, I'll eat anything I can get my hands on.

doesn't involve


Anything that doesn't involve going to the gym.

When talking about an activity, the word 'involve' is similar in meaning to 'include' .  Notice the following:

  1. The work out doesn't involve free weights.
  2. The work out doesn't include free weights.