I’m not a great swimmer in any sense but swimming is like my religion. It is truly refreshing and literally, washes away every disturbing thought I have whenever I dive into cold water. No matter how tight my schedule can get, I usually pay at least one visit to a local swimming pool to work myself up and get rejuvenated.
Sometimes, I have a partner or two, who are also my best friends since high school. We live in the same neighborhood so it’s not too stressful when we have to set a schedule our swimming session. We carpool more often than not and it takes us roughly 15 minutes to get to the local recreation center where it provides the locals with a variety of facilities for training purpose such as gym class, stadium, swimming pool, tennis court and so on, which is extremely convenient for those who practice more than one activity. The only thing better then swimming itself is swimming with your besties, which is one of hundreds of things I love about my weekly ritual. Hardly do we have time to meet each other during week days as we’re all up to our neck at work and totally stressed out. Therefore, having such a healthy way to catch up with your friends and recharge your battery after an exhausting week never sounds better. Just like any other sports, swimming helps maintain your health, keep you fit as well as build your endurance. However, unlike others, it’s a very relaxing and peaceful form of exercise, you don’t even sweat for hours – a supreme advantage. Therefore, if you’re looking for a kind of sport that brings you comfort and relaxation, swimming should be your first choice.
Rejuvenate (verb) to make someone feel or look younger or have more energy
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Ritual (noun) something that you do regularly and always in the same way
Up to one’s neck (idiom) fully occupied; very busy
Recharge one’s battery (phrase) Regain one’s strength and energy by resting for a time
QUESTION FOR PART 3
1. What do old people in your country do to keep fit?
Each individual has their own way to keep fit and stay healthy, including senior citizen. In my country, you can easily catch a sight of some elders taking a walk early in the morning in the park or on the pavement along the street. Since they are usually early risers, that’s one of the most activities they take part in. Additionally, some old people even join many dancing session for the elders to feel more energetic and livelier.
2. What kinds of sports are popular in your country?
From my observation, football is the most widely practiced sport as well as having most viewers compared with any other sports. Like others, football has its own sets of rules and regulations that players need to comply with in order to perform well and of course, to score. Every football tournament in our country always draw the attention of football lovers and gets broadcasted either on national or local channel, which is extremely convenient for those who can’t make it to the stadium.
3. Do you think young people should play dangerous sports?
I believe youngsters should be well aware of their physical and mental capabilities before deciding to take up any new sports since such activities rarely have a hundred guarantee that you will never get injured during practice, especially extreme ones. Bungee jumping, skydiving, hang gliding and so many more are not for everyone and everything needs to be taking into account when participating in these sports. Therefore, if you’re up for adventures and well-prepared about what you’re up to, go for it, otherwise, you had better look for another hobby.
4. What else people can do to keep fit besides sports?
There are many ways that people can employ to take care of their mind and body in collaboration with sports. First of all, pay more attention to your daily diet. You are what you eat, hence, it’s best if people can try to minimize the amount of junk foods they consume and practice healthy diet the sooner the better. Secondly, do not take sleep for granted. Many young people nowadays will not go to bed before midnight, which has detrimental impacts on your brain and skin in long term. You’ll never be fully energized without a decent rest to recharge your battery and let the biological clock does its job. Last but not least, advanced medicine might be extremely useful in some cases. If you lack some kind of vitamins due to unbalanced diets or you just naturally be, functional foods can help solve the issue but bear in mind that doctors’ advice are highly recommended.
Decent (adj) good enough
Bear in mind (phrase) remember
5. What do parents do to make their children like sports?
Children loves doing what adults usually do. As a result, set a prime example for your kids to make them like it naturally. If a father enjoys soccer and has a weekly match on every Sunday, bringing his son along seems to be a brilliant idea to pique his interest and nurture his passion for soccer. Next step is to encourage children engage in any kind of sport that intrigues them when they’re old enough to go to school. Being in a team not only harnesses their team spirit and responsibility but also helps build character.
Intrigue (verb) make someone very interested in knowing more about something