English Fitness Vocabulary

Learn simple English fitness vocabulary. Words and expressions related to fitness. 

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Nowadays the majority of people worry about their health and generally try to ensure their body is in good shape. People talk about fitness and workout routines on a day-to-day basis. Hopefully, our short English fitness vocabulary will be useful to you next time you talk about your level of fitness or your exercise routine in English.

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First of all, the word HEALTH is sometimes used incorrectly. Make sure you use it as a noun.

Example:

My health is my wealth.

A very common English expression but it is very important.

The word HEALTHY is an adjective so again make sure you only use it in this way.

Adjectives in English describe nouns and pronouns. We can place adjectives either before a noun or after a verb. 

 Example:

I am healthy. He is very healthy.

Porridge is a healthy breakfast choice.

Also, we can use it in the comparative format healthier, healthiest.

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Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

INSANITY: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

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To ensure you are in fact healthy you should visit the doctor frequently. I am terrible at this and usually only go if I am ill and even then I have to be very ill before I make an appointment.

However, I still try to ensure I eat a healthy diet and take reasonable (some) amounts of exercise.

Before taking up exercise (cycling, running or gym work) it is advisable to get a check-up (let the doctor check your heart, blood pressure etc). If there are any problems they can be picked up (identified) before it is too late.

We have many ways of exercising and it usually depends on your time and preferences. I like cycling but others prefer the gym or jogging.

Whether it is a gentle workout (easy at the beginning until you improve your condition) or a strenuous session (harder workout for more experienced and fitter people) there is something to suit everyone. 

English Fitness Vocabulary Words

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To go for a spin

Take your bike out of the shed or basement and cycle for several kilometres.

Example:

I took my bike for a quick spin before going to work.

To work out

Probably, the most popular phrasal verb in English fitness vocabulary. It means to do some exercise. 

Example:

I try to work out twice a week.

a workout

is a noun and it means some time spent in the gym (or in the park, for example) doing exercises.

Examples:

I went to the gym for a workout.

I usually have a workout three times a week.

to bulk up

to increase muscle size

Example:

You can still build your body strength by lifting weights without bulking up.

English Fitness Vocabulary Expressions

stamina /ˈstæm.ɪ.nə/

the physical and/or mental ability to do something without giving up

Example:

He must have a lot of stamina if he can do these exercises.

to stretch the legs

to do some brief warm-up exercises, to prepare for your full work out

Example:

I usually like to go for a brisk (quick) walk to stretch my legs after sitting at the desk all day.

to shed pounds

to lose some weight

Example:

Eating fewer carbs and more protein will help you shed pounds.

to shift some weight

can also be used in the same meaning = to lose some weight

Example:

I really want to shift some weight before my holidays.

English Fitness Vocabulary Expressions

a spare tyre

an excessive amount of weight around your waist

to get rid of one’s spare tyre

to lose weight 

Example:

Our effective seven-day diet plan will help you get rid of that spare tyre in no time.

to slim down

to become smaller in size

Example:

Regular workouts helped him to slim down considerably.

to loosen up/to warm up

 Before doing anything in the gym or before you set out for your jog it is always recommended to do some stretching exercises to “loosen up” or “warm up”. In that way, you should avoid any muscle injuries.

Circuit training

If you are working with a personal trainer or with a specific plan you usually do a few circuits (specific exercises that you repeat several times)

Example:

I do 2 circuits and repeat every exercise 15 times.

After the gym or your jog you will want to warm down (similar to warm up but at the end of your work out).

Then you may jump into (quickly as not much time) the shower, grab (again to take something quickly) a quick drink and get going (go where you have to go, work or school or home).

In order to stay healthy, we need to have an active lifestyle. Please make sure that you not only learn English fitness vocabulary words but also maintain a regular exercise routine. 

More Information

For more information on English phrasal verbs, English idiomatic expressions and English vocabulary words, check out the following links:

10 Real Tips to Improve Your English

20 Phrasal Verbs related to Education

20 Collocations with Break

Free resources are always available at BBC Learning English.

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