Cue Card Sample

Describe an activity you do to stay healthy or fit - Cue Card # 829

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

[The topic for your talk will be written on a card which the examiner will hand over to you. Read it carefully and then make some brief notes.]

Describe an activity you do to stay healthy or fit.

You should say:

  • what the activity is
  • when and where you usually do it
  • how you do it

and explain how this activity helps you keep healthy or fit.

[Instruction: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

[Examiner: All right? Remember you have one to two minutes for this, so don't worry if I stop you. I'll tell you when the time is up. Can you start speaking now, please?]

Model Answer 1:
Health is wealth, and therefore, everybody should take their fitness issue seriously to live a happy and healthy life. Needless to say, one of the best ways to remain fit and healthy is to try some kind of physical activity, and today here, I would like to talk about one such activity that I try at least 4 days a week.

The activity, I try, is known to many as “jogging”. But, before coming into the habit of “jogging”, I used to run fast every once in a while, but the problem with that activity – running fast, that is – was that I used to sweat profusely and eventually get very tired as a result of that. Of course, it was not much of a problem during the winter season, since I almost didn’t sweat at all during that time, but during the summer, it was quite opposite. In fact, because of that excessive sweating at times, I thought that I was going to stop running during the summertime, especially, when the weather was a bit too hot, until one of my good friends had come along and advised me to do “jogging” (or running at a “ slow and steady” speed) instead of running fast.

Needless to say, my friend’s advice worked just fine for me as far as the issue of sweating was concerned. Now, I enjoy jogging every other morning, and sometimes, during the evening too when I am on holiday or vacation, at a nearby public garden where I live. Sometimes, I do jogging on pavements too when the garden is a bit too crowded for my liking.  By the way, when I jog, I do take some rest from time to time so that I don’t get too tired before reaching home. 

I really enjoy this activity because it not only helps me burn the extra fat in my body but also keeps my heart healthy. Besides, this activity revitalize my lung also since I get to enjoy lots of fresh air in the public garden which is full of many large trees.

Model Answer 2:

I believe that, in today's fast-paced life, it is important to make some time to exercise to remain healthy. We all know that engaging in regular physical activity is important, but many of us can't manage time to do that. Many also lack the willpower to do that. Personally, I prefer going to the gym to keep myself fit and active.

What the activity is: 
I visit a gym at least five days a week and do some exercise at the gymnasium to keep me active. I usually follow the exercise routine that my gym instructor has advised me to follow. 

When and where you usually do it: 
I usually visit the gym in the evening, after completing my daily work. I go to a nearby gym that is equipped with modern equipment and has certified trainers to guide me.

How you do it: 
I start with a warm-up session for 10-15 minutes, which includes stretching exercises and light cardio. Then, I move on to weight training and strength exercises, focusing on different muscle groups each day. I also do cardio exercises like running on the treadmill or cycling for around 20-30 minutes.

And explain how this activity helps you keep healthy or fit: 
Regular exercise in the gym helps me to stay healthy and fit in many ways. It improves my cardiovascular health, strengthens my muscles, and boosts my endurance. It also helps me to maintain a healthy body weight and increases my metabolism. Moreover, exercising helps to release endorphins, which improves my mood and reduces stress levels. It has become an essential part of my daily routine, and I encourage everyone to engage in physical activity to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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