Proverbs are traditional sayings that express a perceived truth based on common sense or experience, and using them occasionally makes a good impression and helps you sound convincing and natural. Idioms are another way to achieve this goal.
· An apple a day keeps the doctor away means eating an apple a day can help you to stay healthy.
· Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. Means: get enough sleep and start work early in the day to have a successful life.
· Prevention is better than cure. Means it is better to stop something bad from happening than it is to deal with it after it has happened.
· You are what you eat. Means it is important to eat good food to be healthy.
· 7 days without exercise makes one week. Means don’t postpone doing sports.
Bob had been feeling under the weather for a few weeks. One day he came to work looking like death warmed up and all his colleagues told him to take time off sick and recharge his batteries. After a day at home, he no longer felt off-colour and very soon he knew he was on the road to recovery. He was relieved to be on the mend. By the end of the week, he returned to work as fit as a fiddle. And he’s been as right as rain ever since.
IDIOMS FROM THE TEXT:
· To feel under the weather – to feel ill
· To look like death warmed up – to look very ill
· To recharge one’s batteries – to rest so that you can get your energy back
· To feel off-colour – to feel slightly ill
· To be on the road to recovery – to be recovering (from sth)
· To be on the mend – to be recovering
· To be as fit as a fiddle – to be very healthy
· To be as right as rain – to be healthy again
HEALTH PHRASAL VERBS
I realised I had started to fatten up when my trousers began to feel a bit tight. But when I couldn’t do my coat up, I knew right away that it was time to knuckle down to a new eating routine. I mentioned this to a friend and she sent me details of an online dieting programme. I thought it was a good idea and signed up for it. The website sent me weekly recipes of healthy diet meals, but also recommended that I should cut down on my portions and cut out beer, junk food and sugary drinks. At first it was hard to buckle down to it but I kept to the diet and soon my weight started to drop off. I combined it with working out at the gym and the result was great. A small meal now fills me up. Next week I’m going on holiday, happy to show off my new body shape! I’m glad I stood up to my problem.
PHRASAL VERBS FROM THE TEXT:
· fatten up – to gain weight
· do my coat up– to button or zip an article of clothing
· knuckle down to something (sth) apply oneself seriously to sth.
· sign up for (sth) – to arrange to do a course, join a group etc. by adding your name to a list of people doing it
· cut down on sth – to eat/drink/use less of sth.
· cut out sth – to stop eating/drinking sth.
· buckle down to sth – tackle a task with determination.
· keep to the diet – stick to the diet
· drop off – to decrease in quantity or quality
· work out – to exercise
· fill someone up – (of food) to make someone. feel completely full
· show sth off – to show people sth you are proud of
· stood up to sth – to accept and deal with sth that is difficult