Just one run a week can significantly affect the length of your life. That’s according to scientists who say regular running reduces the risk of developing serious illnesses. Neil and Georgina discuss the story and teach you vocabulary in this free English lesson.

The story
Researchers say regular running, no matter how far or how fast, substantially reduces the risk of an early death. A team from Australia, Thailand and Finland examined data on nearly a quarter of a million people, and found that any amount of running was linked to a 27% reduction in mortality.

Key words and phrases
reduce something by a significant amount
Running could slash the risk of dying prematurely.
Rob needs to slash his biscuit intake!

earlier than the expected or natural time
My sister’s baby was born premature.
The England fans were premature in their celebration at the Rugby World Cup!

run for your life
move as fast as possible away from danger
There’s a fire! Run for your life!
We thought we saw a shark so ran for our lives!

Language challenge
Which of these is wrong?
a) to go for a run
b) to go a run
c) to go running

You’ll find the answer on our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/newsreview/unit-11/session-115

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