VIP Class Notes (Lily) [R]

Vocabulary

1.running nose= the symptoms for a flu
ex: I have a running nose, I think I’m sick.

2. cross your mind= think about it
ex: Do you want another baby? It never crossed my mind! 
ex: do you want to live forever? It never crossed my mind! 
ex: If you could choose again, would you be a boy or a girl? It never crossed my mind! 

3. aging = getting old
ex: most women are afraid of aging.
ex: My dad is scared of aging, so he dyes his hair every 2 months.

4. seek= look out for
ex: he’s seeking for a girlfriend.

5. achieve= attain/ to reach
ex: In order to achieve a good grade in school, you have to study hard.

6. fast pace = fast speed (walking/ life style)
slow pace= slow speed
ex: people live a slow paced life in Columbia.
ex: I like SH because everyone is fast paced.

7. lung= the organ you breath with
ex: people who smoke a lot will have black lungs.
ex: Healthy lungs should be pink.

8. worse shape= bad condition
ex: My body is in a worse shape because I drank too much.

9. wake up call= alert/ alarm
ex: after reading this article, it was a wake up call for us to start exercising and walk faster.

Speaking

Reading

Getting old might not be something that’s yet to cross your mind. But ageing is inevitably going to get the better of us one day, so it’s something I’m sure we’d all like control. It would be great to have a long, healthy and happy life, and that’s why scientists are constantly seeking out evidence that will show us what we need to do to achieve longevity.

We all know that regular exercise is good for us. In recent years we’ve been told to aim to walk 10,000 steps a day to remain healthy, although other advice to do three brisk 10-minute walks a day is thought to be even more effective. But the latest piece of research might put a spring in your step if you’re someone who walks at a fast pace. That’s because, according to scientists, the speed at which people walk in their 40s is a sign of how much their brains, as well as their bodies, are ageing.

The BBC’s Philippa Roxby writes that tests on 1,000 people from New Zealand born in the 1970s found that slower walkers tended to show signs of “accelerated ageing“. Their lungs, teeth and immune systems were in worse shape than those who walked faster. And to add insult to injury, the study found not only did slower walkers’ bodies age more quickly, their faces looked older and they had smaller brains. Professor Terrie E Moffitt, lead author of the study, told the BBC: “[it] found that a slow walk is a problem sign decades before old age.”

This might be seen as a wake-up call for people with a slower gait who might feel it’s time to work out and get fitter. But it might be too late; researchers writing in JAMA Network Open say they were able to predict the walking speed of 45-year-olds using the results of intelligence, language and motor skills tests from when they were aged three. They also suggest that even in early life, there are signs showing which people will go on to have a healthier life.