字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 Rob: Welcome to 6 Minute English, the programme where we explore an interesting topic and bring you some useful items vocabulary. I'm Rob. Neil: And I'm Neil. Rob: Now Neil, I know you're a keen swimmer. Neil: I am. I try to get to the pool once a week and do a few lengths, yes. Rob: That's good to hear because swimming is one of the best sports for keeping fit. It's an aerobic exercise - aerobic means a very active type of exercise that makes your heart and lungs stronger. The opposite of this is anaerobic - and for my question today Neil, I wonder if you know which of these activities is an example of anaerobic exercise? a) weightlifting, b) kickboxing or c) dancing Neil: I don't have a clue but I'll pick my favourite sport - a) weightlifting. Rob: Is that really your favourite sport?! Anyway, we'll find out the answer at the end of the programme. Neil: So what about you Rob do you visit the swimming pool very often? Rob: Only to use the cafe! I don't like anything aquatic - I mean connected to water. I just don't like getting wet - and swimming up and down a pool is just boring! Neil: Well there are alternatives to plain swimming. There's synchronised swimming... Rob: Synchronised - that's moving together at the same time or speed as someone else. Like dancing in water I suppose? Hmm, I'm not a good dancer either. Neil: How about the new craze of 'mermaiding' which is making a splash at the moment - in other words becoming very popular. The idea originated in America but is now popular in the UK and Europe. Rob: OK. Tell me more! Neil: Let's hear from an expert - Emma Longden, who's founder of Fin2Fit - which runs classes, teaching the skills of swimming safely like a mermaid... Emma Longden: Mermaiding is putting a monofin on your feet. Putting a beautiful tail on and getting in the water and swimming like a mermaid. Rob: OK, so I would need to wear a monofin - the prefix 'mono' means 'only one or single' - so a single fin -that's like a mermaid's tail - then I just get in the water and swim around like a mermaid - I'm not so sure about that Neil - I don't really know how mermaids swim! Neil: There's more to it than that Rob. It's actually good for your fitness as Emma can explain... Emma Longden: It gives children's confidence in water a boost, it improves their water strength, it gives you an entire body workout. It works your cardiovascular system, it works your legs, your core - it improves the children's swimming technique, flexibility, balance, co-ordination - you get the reward, you get the social aspect - and alongside all of that, they're learning vital life skills along the way. Neil: So there are many benefits to mermaiding Rob. Improving confidence, strength, technique and it's good for your cardiovascular system - cardiovascular relates to your heart and blood vessels. Rob: I like the sound of the social aspect - and by that Emma means being with other people and having fun. It's an activity that's sociable. And it teaches life skills - useful skills that help you deal with everyday challenges. Well that's great for kids - and that's the problem. Neil: What's that? Rob: Mermaiding is for kids - so I can't get involved - even if I wanted to... can I? Neil: You can Rob. According to Emma, it's growing in popularity with adults too - any excuse to live out your fantasies hey! Emma Longden: There are so many adults that actually kind of want to live out their childhood dreams that they wanted to be a mermaid when they were children and they didn't get the opportunity and now it's here and now it's available... So yes, we do a lot of adult classes as well. Neil: There you go Rob - living out your childhood dreams - that doing things you wanted to do when you were a child. Like being a mermaid! Rob: Sorry Neil, that wasn't a dream for me - although I did dream of swimming like a shark once! Anyway, mermaiding is a good form of aerobic exercise - but earlier I asked you what an example of anaerobic exercise is. Is it... a) weightlifting, b) kickboxing or c) dancing Neil: I said weightlifting. Was I right? Rob: You were Neil, well done. Any exercise that consists of short exertion, high-intensity movement is an anaerobic exercise - such as weight lifting, sprinting and jumping. I won't go into scientific detail - but aerobics exercise is done over a longer period of time and strengthens the heart and lungs, thereby improving the body's utilisation of oxygen. Neil: Thanks for that Rob. Now I think we should sprint through our recap of some of the words we've talked about today - starting with 'aerobic', which you just explained. "Mermaiding is a good aerobic workout." Rob: Assuming you don't mind dressing up, of course! Next we had 'aquatic' which refers to something connected with water. "Synchronised swimming is an example of an aquatic sport." Neil: Ah, you slipped in another of our words there - 'synchronised' - which means 'moving together at the same time or speed as someone or something else'. "We synchronised our watches so that we all arrived at the same time." Rob: Good idea - you're always late Neil. Then we mentioned 'mono' which means 'one' or 'single' and is used as a prefix on words such as 'monochrome' - one colour - or 'monorail' - a train running on a single track. Neil: Then we heard the word 'cardiovascular' - a word that relates to the effect on your heart and lungs. "Experts say those who quit smoking could also quickly reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease." Rob: Finally, we also mentioned 'social' - this adjective relates to activities that you do with other people and are usually fun. "Now I live in London, I have a great social life." Neil: Well you never invite me out Rob! Anyway, that's it for this edition of 6 Minute English. Before you rush off to fulfil your dream of being a mermaid, don't forget to visit our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages, and of course our website! Rob: Yes and that's at bbclearningenglish.com. Bye for now. Neil: Goodbye.