Run And Learn English Faster Than Ever Ep 735

A woman in green running outfit running along a lovely nature path. Explore how running can transform your mind and English language skills.

📝 Author: Hilary

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Hate Running? You'll Love This English Workout!

Can you really learn British English by listening? Yes, you can! 🏃‍♂️🎧 All of our English lessons mix learning English with learning other interesting topics! Learning to speak English through listening is perfect for beginners to advanced learners, there is something for everyone in our lessons. Today we run while we listen and learn, it costs you nothing to click play and find out more.

Why spend your time listening to our lessons? 🚀 Enhance Vocabulary & Grammar: Learn idioms and phrases while running! 💪 Boost Mental and Physical Health: Discover the psychological benefits of running. 📚 From Listening to Fluency: Master English by listening to tips on running and health. 🌱 Accessible Anywhere: No expensive equipment needed, just a pair of running shoes!

✔Lesson transcript:

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.
⭐ Steve Prefontaine

Enjoy a smarter way to learn English, boost your fitness and English skills at the same time! This lesson is not just another run-of-the-mill English lesson—it's a better learning approach designed to blend interesting information and language learning seamlessly.

Today's lesson is about running, who knows what tomorrows lesson topic will be! Whether you're a seasoned runner or a complete novice, you'll find invaluable tips on making running enjoyable and effective. Transform your routine and elevate your English fluency the easy way. Why wait? Your journey to a fun way of learning to speak English fluently starts here!

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or a gazelle—when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.
⭐ Christopher McDougall

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More About This Lesson

Today's English language listening practice lesson is all about a smarter way to enhance both your fitness and English fluency with our unique running-focused lesson. This approach to learning English is a novel way to effortlessly improve your language learning while learning something interesting along the way, a "win win!"

Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.
⭐ Oprah Winfrey

Our listen & learn lessons help you:

  1. Improve Listening Skills: Practice understanding varied English phrases.
  2. Vocabulary Expansion: Learn new words, like "sprint" and "interval".
  3. Pronunciation Practice: Hear and mimic correct English pronunciation.
  4. Cultural Insight: Gain exposure to British culture and phrases.
  5. Engagement with Content: Engaging topics keep your interest high.
  6. Contextual Learning: Understand English usage in real-life contexts.
  7. Repetition for Retention: Repeated listening enhances language retention.
  8. Psychological Benefits: Relate language learning to enjoyable activities.
  9. Encourages Consistency: Regular listening habits improve fluency.
  10. Support Autonomous Learning: Encourages self-directed study habits.

This lesson will not only offer ideas on how to improve your physical and mental well-being but also enhance your cognitive functions and emotional health. Running boosts brain functions crucial for learning, and outdoor activities can significantly lift your mood and reduce stress, making language acquisition more enjoyable.

Someone who is busier than you is running right now.
⭐ Nike, Inc.

So join us today! Follow and subscribe to Adept English on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or YouTube for more fun and insightful English lessons. There is no reason not to start improving both your English fluency and fitness with every episode. Don't miss out—subscribe now!


  1. How can running improve both my fitness and English fluency? Running offers significant physical health benefits, such as improving your cardiovascular health and metabolic rate. When paired with listening to English audio, like the Adept English podcasts, you can enhance your language skills too. This dual approach helps you engage with English conversationally while keeping your body active.
  2. What if I don't enjoy running? Many people share this sentiment, but incorporating variations like High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) can make it more enjoyable. HIIT involves short bursts of intense running followed by slower recovery periods. This style can be more engaging and less time-consuming, making your exercise routine more enjoyable and efficient.
  3. What are the psychological benefits of running? Running can drastically improve your mental health by reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. The physical activity releases endorphins, known as 'happy hormones', which can elevate your mood and provide a sense of achievement. Additionally, the change of scenery and fresh air can help clear your mind, offering a mental reset.
  4. Can I start running if I've never done it before? Absolutely! Running is a highly accessible physical activity. All you need is a good pair of running shoes and the motivation to step out the door. Begin with short distances and gradually increase your pace and duration. Remember, consistency is key to building both your fitness and fluency in English.
  5. How often should I listen to English podcasts while running to see improvement in my language skills? Listening to English podcasts regularly while running can significantly boost your language acquisition. Aim for at least three to four times a week, combining different podcast episodes to expose yourself to various vocabulary and accents. Repeated exposure to spoken English will enhance your listening skills and fluency over time.

Like lacing up your trainers for a marathon of the mind, this British English lesson is your dual-track to fitness and fluency, you'll be sprinting through your language learning while your feet pound the pavement.

Most Unusual Words:

  • Speedwork: Short, intense periods of running fast, used in training.
  • Sprint: To run very quickly over a short distance.
  • Preoccupied: When someone is very busy thinking about many things.
  • Marathon: A long-distance running race, about 26.2 miles (42.195 kilometers) long.
  • HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training): A type of workout that mixes short bursts of intense exercise with periods of less intense activity or rest.
  • Interval: A pause or break in activity.
  • Invigorating: Something that makes you feel strong, healthy, and full of energy.
  • Idyllic: Perfectly peaceful and beautiful; like a perfect picture.
  • Immersive: Something that completely surrounds you and makes you feel as if you are really part of it.
  • Insulin sensitivity: The measure of how responsive your cells are to insulin, important for controlling blood sugar levels.

Most Frequently Used Words:


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Transcript: Run And Learn English Faster Than Ever

Sprint Your Way to Better Health and Better English at the same time!

Hi there! Do you want to get fit and improve your English at the same time? It's a dual-purpose podcast today on how to decrease stress, increase your fitness, all with a simple solution. Let's discuss how incorporating running into your routine can offer you immense health benefits and a fantastic opportunity to practise your English listening at the same time. More people than ever are being converted to running. That's 'running' from the verb 'to run'. R-U-N. Running is one of the most efficient, cost-effective exercises you can do. All you need is a pair of these. In these times when the cost of living is high, people can't necessarily afford expensive gyms. That's G-Y-M-S. And running is low cost. So immense benefits, physical and psychological. And I'm going to discuss what type of running is best. How many hours a week do you need to spend doing it? 'Not many' is the answer. And if you don't like running, then this podcast is definitely for you. I talk about how to make running more enjoyable. And stay with me til the end of this podcast. I've got lots of tips on making running enjoyable, but also hear about how I think of myself as a dog when I go out for a run. That's worth waiting for, surely?! Don't forget, listen several times to this podcast. It's good for your English language learning.

Hello, I’m Hilary, and you’re listening to Adept English. We will help you to speak English fluently. All you have to do is listen. So start listening now and find out how it works.

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A dedicated running prepares to go running early morning. Our latest episode makes running fun with simple tips and English practice.

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Is running the best low-cost exercise?

Now imagine this, you're stepping out of your house in the crisp morning air, ready to conquer the day. All you need is a pair of good running shoes and a few minutes to spare. That's the beauty of running. It's straightforward, inexpensive and incredibly beneficial for both your body and your mind. Most people can run from home. You just go out through the front door and you start. There's no drive to the gym. You don't need anybody else. You can just go when you're ready and you can run at your own pace. And if you run in a certain way, it doesn't need to take up that much of your time. Running benefits your fitness massively. It can speed up your metabolic rate. That means 'the rate at which you burn your food'. It can also bring down your heart rate and your blood pressure. It may even help you improve your blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity. Keep diabetes at bay! But it particularly helps you with your weight. As I've spoken about in podcasts before, it's out of date to think that being overweight is about eating too much fat. It's about too much carbohydrate. So running is one way, as well as cutting your carb, to increase your level of fitness and benefit your overall health.

There are psychological benefits. I say about my running, 'I come back with a different head'. What I mean by this, if I'm stressed or more often preoccupied, that's P-R-E-O-C-C-U-P-I-E-D. And that just means I've got lots on my mind. Lots of things to think about. But the action of running seems to take this all away. It may be because I'm out of breath and sweating. I've got other things to focus on. But it works. 'I come back with a different head'.

But what's that I hear you say? You don't like running? Well, some people just don't like that sensation of being out of breath. And many people don't like the idea of spending hours each week training for a race, especially a marathon. That's M-A-R-A-T-H-O-N. Lots of people don't find this an interesting way to spend their time and aren't interested in running competitively. Me neither. But I read an article this week in the magazine Marie Claire called 'I used to hate running, but this type of training has helped me run my first half marathon sub 1.30'. She means 'in less than an hour and a half'.

Is sprinting more effective for fitness than jogging?

The person writing that article puts her success and her enjoyment of running down to what she calls 'speedwork'. That's a made up word. But what this writer means is short, sharp bursts of running. The verb used in English often is 'to sprint'. That's S-P-R-I-N-T. To run fast. So short, intense bursts of 'sprinting', to raise your heart rate. And where you run at 80 to 90% of your capacity and then in between you walk more slowly or you run slowly. You recover and then you sprint again. This is often called 'High Intensity Interval Training'. H-I-I-T. 'Intensity' means 'it's intense. It's more extreme'. It demands a lot of energy if it's 'High Intensity'. And an 'interval', I-N-T-E-R-V-A-L, that just means 'a gap' or 'a pause'. So nothing fancy here in H-I-I-T. You run as fast as you can. You slow down and you walk or run slowly. When you've got your breath back, you run as fast as you can. Short, sharp bursts of running. HIIT training is supposed to be safe for people of any age. The only concern might be if you have a heart condition. And it's not the speed you go, it's how much effort you're put in. Only in short bursts. I like it when things are measured on effort. That pleases me!

Now I have no interest in running marathons or half-marathons or competitive running of any kind. I'm doing it purely for my physical fitness and for the benefits it brings mentally. I just want to get as fit as I can while using up the minimum amount of time possible in my week. So whether you call this 'speedwork' or 'High Intensity Interval Training', it's the method of running which delivers for most people and which is growing in popularity.

‘I used to hate running but…’

After reading that Marie Claire article, I did a quick Google search on "I used to hate running but...." Interesting results! And I include some links in the transcripts to these articles "I used to hate running but....". Many of them mentioned HIIT training as a solution. But there are lots of other good recommendations like saving your favourite music or your favourite podcasts solely for when you run. Giving yourself something to look forward to. Of course for you that might be the Adept English podcast. But whatever you enjoy, save it for your run as an incentive to give you motivation. Such a good idea.

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Ditch the treadmill - run outdoors!

One "I used to hate running but...." writer spoke about how much more enjoyable she finds it running outdoors rather than on a treadmill in a gym. Here's your more difficult piece of English to practise with today. Jenna Ryu says "There's something invigorating about soaking in the vibrant colours of the sky on a sunny morning while exploring the city around me. Of course I get it if no such idyllic path exists in your area. But I found that no matter where I am, paying attention to even the simple things - leaves rustling in the wind, people walking their dogs, a crisp breeze on my face - helps turn running into an immersive and peaceful experience. And not just a workout to check off my to-do list. And I agree with her. One of the things I like about running, I notice nature. I notice changes in the local area. I'm much more aware of the weather, the temperature. Whether there's a lovely sunset or it's pouring down or really windy. I actually love running in bad weather.

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Be like a dog!

And if it's cold I wear gloves. But I smell the air. And when I run I feel rather like a dog who likes to go on a regular walk to smell the smells and patrol the area. If you run, you notice things you wouldn't otherwise see. 'Oh that person's done their garden!'. 'Oh there's that dog walker again.' 'Oh oh look on the grass verge the blue bells are flowering and the leaves are coming onto the trees.' It helps me feel connected with my local environment.


And it helps me feel more connected with the weather and nature. All potentially while improving my insulin sensitivity! What could be better than that? Don't forget to share us. Don't forget to listen a number of times to benefit your English.

Enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.

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