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  • Rob: Welcome to 6 Minute English, the programme

  • where we explore an interesting topic

  • and bring you some useful items vocabulary. I'm Rob.

  • Neil: And I'm Neil.

  • Rob: Now Neil, I know you're a keen swimmer.

  • Neil: I am. I try to get to the pool once a week

  • and do a few lengths, yes.

  • Rob: That's good to hear because swimming

  • is one of the best sports for keeping fit.

  • It's an aerobic exercise - aerobic means a very

  • active type of exercise that makes your

  • heart and lungs stronger.

  • The opposite of this is anaerobic - and for my question

  • today Neil, I wonder if you know which of these activities

  • is an example of anaerobic

  • exercise? a) weightlifting, b) kickboxing or c) dancing

  • Neil: I don't have a clue but I'll pick

  • my favourite sport - a) weightlifting.

  • Rob: Is that really your favourite sport?!

  • Anyway, we'll find out the answer at the end

  • of the programme.

  • Neil: So what about you Rob

  • do you visit the swimming pool very often?

  • Rob: Only to use the cafe! I don't like anything

  • aquatic - I mean connected to water.

  • I just don't like getting wet - and swimming up and down

  • a pool is just boring!

  • Neil: Well there are alternatives to plain swimming.

  • There's synchronised swimming...

  • Rob: Synchronised - that's moving together at the same

  • time or speed as someone else.

  • Like dancing in water I suppose?

  • Hmm, I'm not a good dancer either.

  • Neil: How about the new craze of 'mermaiding'

  • which is making a splash at the moment -

  • in other words becoming very popular.

  • The idea originated in America but is now popular in

  • the UK and Europe.

  • Rob: OK. Tell me more!

  • Neil: Let's hear from an expert - Emma Longden,

  • who's founder of Fin2Fit - which runs classes,

  • teaching the skills of swimming safely like a mermaid...

  • Emma Longden: Mermaiding is putting a monofin on

  • your feet. Putting a beautiful tail on

  • and getting in the water and swimming like a mermaid.

  • Rob: OK, so I would need to wear a monofin

  • - the prefix 'mono' means 'only one or single'

  • - so a single fin -that's like a mermaid's tail

  • - then I just get in the water and swim around

  • like a mermaid - I'm not so sure about that Neil

  • - I don't really know how mermaids swim!

  • Neil: There's more to it than that Rob.

  • It's actually good for your fitness as

  • Emma can explain...

  • Emma Longden: It gives children's confidence in water

  • a boost, it improves their water strength,

  • it gives you an entire body workout.

  • It works your cardiovascular system,

  • it works your legs, your core - it improves the children's

  • swimming technique, flexibility, balance, co-ordination

  • - you get the reward, you get the social aspect -

  • and alongside all of that,

  • they're learning vital life skills along the way.

  • Neil: So there are many benefits to mermaiding Rob.

  • Improving confidence, strength, technique

  • and it's good for your cardiovascular system

  • - cardiovascular relates to your heart

  • and blood vessels.

  • Rob: I like the sound of the social aspect

  • - and by that Emma means being with other people

  • and having fun. It's an activity that's sociable.

  • And it teaches life skills - useful skills

  • that help you deal with everyday challenges.

  • Well that's great for kids - and that's the problem.

  • Neil: What's that?

  • Rob: Mermaiding is for kids - so I can't get involved

  • - even if I wanted to... can I?

  • Neil: You can Rob. According to Emma, it's growing

  • in popularity with adults too -

  • any excuse to live out your fantasies hey!

  • Emma Longden: There are so many adults that actually

  • kind of want to live out their childhood

  • dreams that they wanted to be a mermaid when they

  • were children and they didn't get the

  • opportunity and now it's here and now it's available...

  • So yes, we do a lot of adult classes as well.

  • Neil: There you go Rob - living out your childhood

  • dreams - that doing things you wanted to do

  • when you were a child. Like being a mermaid!

  • Rob: Sorry Neil, that wasn't a dream for me

  • - although I did dream of swimming like a shark once!

  • Anyway, mermaiding is a good form

  • of aerobic exercise - but earlier I asked you

  • what an example of anaerobic exercise is.

  • Is it... a) weightlifting, b) kickboxing or c) dancing

  • Neil: I said weightlifting. Was I right?

  • Rob: You were Neil, well done. Any exercise

  • that consists of short exertion, high-intensity movement

  • is an anaerobic exercise - such as weight lifting,

  • sprinting and jumping. I won't go into

  • scientific detail - but aerobics exercise

  • is done over a longer period of time and strengthens

  • the heart and lungs,

  • thereby improving the body's utilisation of oxygen.

  • Neil: Thanks for that Rob.

  • Now I think we should sprint through our recap

  • of some of the words we've talked about today -

  • starting with 'aerobic', which you just explained.

  • "Mermaiding is a good aerobic workout."

  • Rob: Assuming you don't mind dressing up, of course!

  • Next we had 'aquatic' which refers to something

  • connected with water. "Synchronised swimming

  • is an example of an aquatic sport."

  • Neil: Ah, you slipped in another of our words there

  • - 'synchronised' - which means 'moving

  • together at the same time or speed as someone

  • or something else'. "We synchronised our watches

  • so that we all arrived at the same time."

  • Rob: Good idea - you're always late Neil.

  • Then we mentioned 'mono' which means 'one'

  • or 'single' and is used as a prefix on words such as

  • 'monochrome' - one colour - or 'monorail'

  • - a train running on a single track.

  • Neil: Then we heard the word 'cardiovascular'

  • - a word that relates to the effect on your

  • heart and lungs. "Experts say those who quit

  • smoking could also quickly reduce their risk

  • of cardiovascular disease."

  • Rob: Finally, we also mentioned 'social' -

  • this adjective relates to activities that you do

  • with other people and are usually fun.

  • "Now I live in London, I have a great social life."

  • Neil: Well you never invite me out Rob!

  • Anyway, that's it for this edition of 6 Minute English.

  • Before you rush off to fulfil your dream of

  • being a mermaid, don't forget to visit our

  • Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages,

  • and of course our website!

  • Rob: Yes and that's at bbclearningenglish.com.

  • Bye for now.

  • Neil: Goodbye.

Rob: Welcome to 6 Minute English, the programme

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    Samuel posted on 2018/02/27
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