Practice Listening English Exercises for A2 – Keeping Fit

Getting Ready

What do you do to keep fit? Match each goal on the left with the correct suggestion on the right. Compare your answers with a partner.

1) have a healthier diet ____

2) tighten stomach muscles ____

3) put on weight ____

4) swim regularly ____

5) get some outdoor exercise ____

a do lots of sit-ups

b join a health club with a pool

c eat less meat and more vegetables

d lift weights every other day

e take up jogging

Show answers

1) c   2) a   3) d   4) b   5) e

Listening 1

People are talking about New Year’s resolutions. What is each person going to do? Listen and circle the correct answer.

1)  a do more exercise

b put on weight

2)  a learn to swim

b give up smoking

3)  a do more walking

b take up jogging

4)  a join a gym

b put on weight

5)  a eat less meat

b lose some weight

6)  a take up jogging

b start doing sit-ups

Show answers & Transcript

1) a   2) b   3) a   4) b   5) a   6) b



A: What’s your New Year’s resolution, Lee?

B:  I’m really going to get in shape this year. I’m going to exercise every day and lose five pounds. You watch.


A: Have you made any New Year’s resolutions?

B: Sure. I’m going to give up smoking.

A: Why don’t you enroll in a program that helps people stop smoking?

B: That sounds like a great idea.


A: I need to get more exercise.

B: You should do more walking. Maybe you could walk to the subway every  day instead of taking the bus.

A: Yeah, I think I will.

B: And why not take up jogging?

A: Let’s not push it. I can’t stand jogging.


A: What are you going to do for the New Year?

B: Well, everyone tells me I look too thin. I need to put on a couple of pounds.

A: Why don’t you join a gym and lift weights?

B: No time. I think I’ll go back and live with mom. She’s the greatest cook.


A: So, what are your New Year’s resolutions?

B: Well, I’m going to change diet and start eating healthier food.

A: Really?

B: Yep, I’m going to start eating less meat and more vegetables.


A: I’m getting a little fat.

B: Yeah – I noticed.

A: Hey – come on! Anyway, I’m going to do something about it.

B: Are you taking up jogging?

A: No, but I’m going to start doing sit-ups every morning starting January first. Just like this. Watch. One__ two__ ugh!

Listening 2

Task 1

Which kind of exercise does each person prefer now? Listen and check (✓) the correct picture.


Show answers

1) b   2) a   3) b   4) b   5) a   6 b

Task 2

Listen again. Circle the reason each person likes the kind of exercise he or she does now.

1)  a It’s not fun.

b It’s a good place to meet people.

2)  a He does it indoors.

b He listens to the ocean as he does it.

3)  a It’s fun.

b It’s not easy to find a place to play.

4)  a It’s easy to do it.

b She can do it almost anywhere.

5)  a It look a short time to learn.

b He doesn’t usually ride it on busy streets.

6)  a It’s cheap to do.

b It’s not as easy as it looks.

Show answers & Transcript

1) b   2) a   3) a   4) b   5) a   6) b



I used to lift weights, but I didn’t really enjoy it. So that’s when I started swimming. Now I do it about twice a week. It’s much more fun. I go to a nice pool near office. It’s never too crowded, which is great. There are friendly people who go there, so it’s a good place to meet people


I go out every morning. It’s a great way to start the day. It’s more interesting than exercising at home like I used to. That was really boring. I go to a beach near house. It’s lovely in the early morning. There’s hardly anyone there and you can listen to the ocean as you do it.


I used to play both tennis and volleyball. But I play mainly volleyball now. I think it’s a lot more fun. I thought tennis was very tiring. It was also difficult to find a partner, and the courts were always crowded, too. With volleyball, I have no trouble finding somewhere to play.


I used to take long walks every day, but it got boring. I wanted something more exciting, so that’s when I took up rollerblading. It’s really fun! But, it’s not as easy as it looks. It took me a long time to learn how to do it. I fell a lot at the beginning. The great thing is you can do it almost anywhere. friends think I’m kind of strange because none of them do it, but I love it.


I finally bought self a bicycle. It’s a great way to keep fit. I think it’s better than going to a health club. It took me a long time to learn to ride it in traffic. I nearly fell off a couple of times. I don’t often go on busy streets because that can be dangerous, but there are plenty of places where I can ride near where I live. I use it to get to work sometimes, but only if the weather is nice.


I used to go to aerobics class, but I found it pretty silly – all that jumping around. So that’s when I decided to take golf lessons. It can be pretty expensive because you have to buy all your equipment and club fees are high. People think it’s very easy, but it’s not. It’s also good exercise because you have to walk a lot.

Listening 3

Task 1

People are talking about exercise. Listen and check (✓) the activities they do or do not do now.


Doesn’t do


a swimming

b jogging

c bicycling


a jogging

b aerobics

c weightlifting


a tennis

b golf

c weightlifting


a weightlifting

b swimming

c jogging

Show answers

1   a: doesn’t do

     b: doesn’t do

     c: doesn’t do

2   a: does

     b: does

     c: doesn’t do

3   a: does

     b: doesn’t do

     c: doesn’t do

4   a: does

     b: does

     c: does

Task 2

Listen again. What sport does each person want to try? Write the correct letter.

1) Brandon ____

2) Alicia ____

3) Ian ____

4) Katie ____

a swimming

b tennis

c biking

d golf

Show answers & Transcript

1) b   2) d   3) a   4) c



I was a big athlete in high school. All I did was swimming, swimming, and more swimming! But I work now, and I never go swimming. I know that I should exercise more, but I’m just too lazy. Jogging? That’s way too much work, and it really makes knees hurt. A lot of people I know are into bicycling, but I don’t have a bike. I guess there’s tennis, though. wife loves it, and wants to teach me how to play. I’d like to play, I think.


After husband got sick last year, the doctor told him to lose 20 pounds. Since then, I’ve been trying to help him lose the weight by exercising with him. There isn’t much we can do together, though. We sometimes jog in the morning, but when he works late, he doesn’t want to wake up early. Our community center has an aerobics class in the evening, but he won’t go. He says it’s just for women, so neither of us does that. He wanted to try weightlifting, but the doctor said it was too dangerous. So, now I’m thinking about getting him golf lessons – for both of us, actually. The walking might even be a little romantic, too!


I try to stay very active. I play tennis with daughters every weekend, and I go golfing every day. I used to lift weights, too – and I’m talking about heavy weights. But I had to stop recently, because I had to have an operation on back. Now I’m really worried that I’ll have to stop playing tennis and golf, too. I don’t really have a lot of hobbies or interests besides sports, so I really need to keep doing them. The doctor said swimming would help back improve, so maybe I’ll try that.


I guess I really need to get some exercise outside, in nature. Right now, I exercise all the time, but it’s always indoors. I lift weights at an indoor gym, and I go swimming every weekend at an indoor pool I even go jogging on an indoor track! I was watching TV last night when a bicycling competition came on. Now, I’m totally excited about bicycle racing! I would really love to try it.

Conversation Corner: Asking about past actions

Task 1

Listen to the conversation. Write the missing words.

A: What did you do in the past that you don’t do now?

B: Well, I didn’t ________. ________. work out very much.

A: So what do you do now?

B: Now, I run every day in the park. I used to ________. ________., but now I love it!

A: I ________. ________. ________. weights and use the machines at the gym.

B: And now?

A: Now I ride bike a lot. I didn’t ________. ________. ________. outdoors, but now I really enjoy it.

Task 2

Practice the conversation with a partner. Be sure to reduce used to and use to.

Show answers & Transcript

A: What did you do in the past that you don’t do now?

B: Well, I didn’t useto work out very much.

A: So what do you do now?

B: Now, I run every day in the park. I used to haverunning , but now I love it!

A:used to lift weights and use the machines at the gym.

B: And now?

A: Now I ride bike a lot. I didn’t use to exercise outdoors, but now I really enjoy it.