Easy: Keep fit
Premier Vocabulary is a mini-podcast for you to learn football English one word at a time. We have three different levels for you: easy, medium and hard.
This episode is easy so we’re looking at common football words and phrases. Things you use and need to know to play the game.
Learn more football vocabulary with Premier Skills English. Each lesson in our Premier Vocabulary section looks at one football word or phrase. This lesson looks at the phrase keep fit.
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Rich: Hello my name’s Rich and welcome to Premier Skills English - Premier Vocabulary.
Jack: Hi there! I’m Jack. We’re here to help you with your football English. Premier Vocabulary is a mini-podcast for you to learn football English one word at a time.
Rich: Don’t forget you can always find the transcript for all our podcasts on the Premier Skills English website. We have three different levels for you: easy, medium and hard.
Jack: This episode is easy so we’re looking at common football words and phrases; things you use and need to know to play the game.
Rich: The phrase we are looking at in this episode is: keep fit.
Jack: In this episode, we’re going to talk about things that people do to keep fit and ask you what you do to keep fit.
Rich: Let’s start with the meaning of the phrase and look at some examples of how the phrase is used.
Jack: If you look in a dictionary, you will find that keep fit is a noun and means physical exercise that is often done as part of a class to keep you healthy.
Rich: You might go to a keep-fit class at a sports centre or do keep-fit exercises in a gym.
Jack: A keep-fit class or keep-fit exercises usually involve aerobic exercises and stretching.
Rich: I remember when I was a kid there was always someone on television doing keep-fit and everyone copied them at home in their living rooms.
Jack: Yes, always in the morning - keep-fit was very popular on the TV in the past.
Rich: I think this use of keep fit as a noun is a bit old fashioned now. We don’t do keep-fit or go to keep-fit classes, we go to Zumba classes or do circuit training or full body fusion.
Jack: I’m not sure about that last one but, yes, you’re right we don’t use keep fit in this way much anymore but it is still a very strong verb adjective collocation.
Rich: Yes, it means to stay in good physical condition by doing exercise. We keep fit to stay in shape - we looked at this phrase a few weeks ago.
Jack: Yes, you could say keep fit or keep in shape - they have more or less the same meaning.
Rich: What do people do to keep fit?
Jack: I try to do some exercises every morning. I think this helps me keep fit but I’d like to do more. Going out for a run or a bike ride helps me keep fit but when the weather is bad …
Rich: You don’t do it. I know how you feel. It’s difficult to have the discipline when it’s raining and cold.
Jack: What do you do to keep fit, Rich?
Rich: I don’t really do any specific exercises but I go out for long walks with the dog - that helps keep me fit. I prefer sports - I play badminton and I like tennis and squash.
Jack: Squash is supposed to keep you really fit.
Rich: Yes, it does or it did. I was really fit when I was playing squash three times a week. I need to get back into it.
Jack: We’d like you to tell us in the comments section what you do to keep fit.
Rich: There is the final whistle!
Jack: We’ll be back soon with more Premier Vocabulary from Premier Skills English.
Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football.
What do you to keep fit?