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22-A. Current Attitudes toward Physical Fitness

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22-A. Current Attitudes toward Physical Fitness Recently we were told by a student that setting aside time for improving his physical fitness would be a total misuse of his working hours. He assured us that he would be no better served by a
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22-A. Current Attitudes toward Physical Fitness

Recently we were told by a student that setting aside time for improving his physical fitness would be a total misuse of his working hours. He assured us that he would be no better served by a fitness program than by learning to play bridge. College and his preparation for a career were his only priorities.

This student has seen being physically fit as an end rather than the means we know it to be. His opinion is one of the many feelings, pro or con, that people hold about their personal involvement in a physical fitness program.

Many people, including college students of all ages, spend little time in pursuit of physical fitness. Certainly some of these individuals may have physical limitations that make activity extremely difficult, and others are engaged in time-consuming activities that until finished do not permit opportunities for recreation. However, what about the majority who could do much more but do so little? Does one of the following statements sound like you?

“I know it's important, but I just don't have time right now.

“I'm already fit, and with my schedule, I'll have no difficulty staying that way.

“I should do more than I do, but I just don’t have facilities and I don't get much support from others.

“Exercise makes me feel terrible. Even when I shower, I get to my next class wet, and probably smelling like a locker room.

Unlike these people who have made no commitment to fitness, you may have made a commitment to a physical fitness program that might be rather narrow in scope. If one of the following comments fits you, perhaps you are failing to see the broader values of maintaining a high level of physical fitness.

“Everyone in the dorm runs at night. That's why I run.”

“For every 3,500 calories I can ‘burn’ during exercise, I' 11 lose a pound of fat. I have only 10 pounds more to drop before Christmas. ”

“This weekend will be cool and nice. Saturday looks like a good day for a personal record.

“Some would say I have a fear of death. Heck, I just want to live a long time.

If you see your own attitude represented by one of these comments, might you be shortsighted in your reason for valuing fitness? We would suggest that you reexamine your approach to fitness and its ability to positively influence other aspects of your life. Ask yourself, "What could I achieve if I were really in top physical condition?” Because fitness levels are easily observed and can be measured, you can quickly start to see the emerging person you are capable of becoming. Almost daily you can see progress and accomplishment. Keep in mind, however, that all people are different and some may progress faster than others. In the final analysis, we think that although fitness will not guarantee that you will live longer, it can help you enjoy the years you do live.
 
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fitness['fitnis]n.1.适合,恰当,合理;2.健康
misuse[mis'ju:z]vt.1.误用,滥用;2.苛待,虐待;n.误用,滥用
assure[4'5u4]vt.1.使确信,使放心(of);2.向...保证(of)
career[k4'ri4]n.1.生涯,经历;2.职业,事业
priority[prai'3riti]n.1.优先,重点,优先权;2.优先考虑的事
pro[pr4u]ad.从正面;n.1.赞成的意见;2.造成者
con[k3n]ad.从反面;n.1.反对的意见;2.反对者
involvement[in'v3lvm4nt]n.1.卷入,牵连(in);2.牵连到的事,复杂情况
pursuit[p4'sju:t]n.1.追踪,追捕;2.追求,寻求;3.乐趣,消遣
limitation[limi'tei54n]n.1.限制;2.限度,局限
time-consuming['taim k4n`sju:mi6]a.耗费时间的
recreation[`rekri'ei54n]n.1.消遣,娱乐,娱乐活动;2.(身心)修养
schedule['5edju:l]n.时间表,日程安排表;vt.安排,排定
facility[f4'siliti]n.1.[常pl.]设备,设施;2.便利,容易
locker['l3k4]n.(公共场所供个人存放衣物用的)带锁的小柜
commitment[k4'mitm4nt]n.承担的责任或义务,承诺
scope[sk4up]n.(活动,影响能力等的)范围
comment['k3ment]n.1.评论;2.评注;vi.1.评论;2.注释
maintain[mein'tein]vt.1.维持,保持;2.维修,保养
dorm[d3:m]n.[美][口]宿舍
calory['k1l4ri]n.卡路里,卡(热量单位)
heck[hek]int.[口][用以加强语气或咒骂,hell的委婉语]见鬼
shortsighted[53:t'saitid]a.1.近视的;2.目光短浅的
reexamine['ri:ig'z1min]vt.1.再考,复试;2.再调查,再审查
approach[4'pr4ut5]vt.1.靠近,接近;2.控讨,处理(问题);n.1.接近;2.途径,方法
positively['p3zitivli]ad.1.确定地,明确地;2.积极地,肯定地
aspect['1spekt]n.1.方面;2.外表,面貌
achieve[4't5i:v]vt.1.完成,实现;2.达到,得到
emerge[i'm4:d9]vi.出现,涌现
accomplishment[4'k8mpli5m4nt]n.1.完成;2.成就;3.[pl.]造诣,技能
set aside1.留出,拨出;2忽视,不顾
preparation for为...做的准备
pro or con1.正面或反面的理由;2赞成或反对
involvement in介入,参与
in pursuit of追求,寻求
make commitment to1.承诺;2献身于,投入
reason for...的原因(理由等)
approach to...的态度(方法等)
keep...in mind记住
in the final analysis归根结底  

 

Unit Twenty-two

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He assured us that he would be no better served by a fitness program than by learning to ply bridge. (para.1)
2. This student has seen being physically fit as an end rather than the means we know it to be. (para.2)
see … as
看作
3. I'm already fit, and with my schedule, I'll have no difficulty staying that way. (para.4)
have difficulty (in ) doing sth.
有困难
4. Keep in mind , however, that all people are different and some may progress faster than others.( para.12)
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