7. A good diet and regular exercise should keep you healthy.
   

 

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woman on weight machine She's using an exercise machine.
man lifting weight He's lifting weights.

 

Vocabulary

avoid: try not to do something

diet: daily food and beverage consumption

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A good diet and regular exercise should keep you healthy. Your body needs the vitamins and nutrients found in vegetables and fruit. It also needs enough exercise to strengthen muscles and bones and reduce your chances of getting sick. Paying attention to diet and exercise isn't that hard. If you do it, your life will be better.

What kind of a diet is best? At the top of anyone's list should be fresh fruit and vegetables. You also need to eat grains such as rice, wheat, oats, or corn. Dairy products in the form of milk and cheese provide your body with necessary calcium. Protein comes from meat and nuts. Don't eat too much meat, however. Eating too much red meat, in particular, is not good for your heart, and it might increase your chances of getting cancer.

When it comes to exercise, adults need at least 30 minutes of daily exercise. That can include walking, running, riding a bicycle, or working out at a gym. You can also have fun while getting exercise if you like to play basketball, soccer, baseball, or other team sports.

Avoiding bad habits such as smoking or drinking alcohol will also keep you healthy. Try not to eat junk food. What's junk food? Potato chips, donuts, candy, and cookies are junk food. Many people who eat junk food fail to eat healthy food because they like the taste of junk food better. If you fill up on junk food, you probably won't eat healthy food. If your kids eat a lot of junk food, they will develop bad eating habits.

Being healthy is not that hard. If you eat right, get regular exercise, and avoid unhealthy habits, you will thank yourself in the future.

 

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