Health and Fitness Vocabulary- Ask and Tell Speaking Game

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Health and Fitness Vocabulary- Ask and Tell Speaking Game
Choose one of the lines below and ask a question about that thing and/ or using that word,
e.g. a personal questions about headaches or an opinion question about homeopathy. 
Then flip a coin to decide if you can ask the question to anyone else (= heads) or answer 
your own question (= tails, meaning “tell”). People can then ask more questions if they like,
but you don’t have to answer those questions if you don’t want to. 

Possible questions
Are you optimistic/ pessimistic/ worried about…?
Do you believe in…?
Do you have (too many/ too much/ a lot of/ any)…?
Do you prefer… or…?
Do you think it’s true that…?
Do you think scientists will (ever)…?
Do you think that… is (really) good for you/ bad for you/ over-used?
Do you think there is any such thing as (good)…?
Do you think… helps with…?
Do you think… is doing enough about…?
Do you worry about…?/ Do you worry more about… or…?
Have you ever read about/ suffered from/ tried/…?
How common is… (in your country/ in people your age)?
How do you feel about…?
How effective is… (for…)?
How important is…?
How interested in… are…?
How long…?
How many…?
How much of a problem is… (in…)?
How much…?
How often do you…?
Is… important to…?
Is… worthwhile/ worth it?
What are the (possible) advantages/ disadvantages/ dangers of…?
What causes…?
What do you usually do if/ when…?
What effect…?
What is the (main) reason for…?
What is the usual…?
What would you do if…?
What would your advice be for…?
What’s the best cure for…?
Why is… (so) common (in…)?
Would you recommend…?

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

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Topic cards

(Head/ Back/ Stomach) ache

Acne/ Teenage spots/ Zits

Acupuncture

Addict/ Addiction/...oholic

Aerobics/ Aerobic exercise

Allergy/ Allergic/ Hayfever

Alternative medicine

Anti-oxidants

Bacteria/ Antibiotics

Bi-polar

(Nose) bleed/ Bleeding

(High/ Low) blood pressure

Body building

Body image (problems)

Broken/ Fracture(d)

Bruise(d)

Burn/ Scald

Calories

(Lung/ Stomach/ Bowel/ Breast) cancer

(Complex) carb(ohydrate)s/ Starch

(Bad/ High) cholesterol

Cloning

A cold/ A sniffle

Constipated/ Constipation

Cough (syrup)

Cut/ Graze/ Scratch

Dementia/ Alzheimer’s

Dengue fever

(Clinically) depressed/ (Clinical)

depression

Diarrhoea/ The runs

Dieting/ Slimming

Dizzy/ Dizziness

(Blood/ Organ) donor/ donation

Eating disorder/ Anorexia/ Bulimia

Eczema/ Rash

Endorphins

Epidemic/ Pandemic

(Light/ Strenuous) exercise

(Food/ Exercise) fad(s)

(Saturated/ Trans-) fat

Fever/ Temperature

(Dietary/ High) fibre

Fitness/ Keeping fit

Five a day

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Flu/ Influenza

Folk cures/ Folk medicine

Generic drugs

Hangover

(National/ Private) health insurance

Health scare(s)

Heart attack/ Heart problems

Herbs/ Herbal remedies

Homeopathy

Immune system/ Immunity

Infection/ Infected

Injection/ Jab

Injure/ Injury

Insomnia/ Sleeping problems

Itch/ Itchy/ Itchiness

Jogging/ Running

Lifestyle diseases/ Diabetes

Massage/ Masseur

Medical expenses

Medical technology

Meditate/ Meditation

Menopause

Mental disease

Mental health (problems)

Mind over matter

Minerals

Moxibustion

Muscle tone/ Ripped

Nursing homes/ Nursing care

Obese/ Overweight/ Obesity

Occupational therapy

Painful/ (Lower back) pain

Painkiller

PE

Pill/ Tablet

Placebo (effect)

Plaster

Positive thinking/ Positivity

Post-natal (care/ depression)

Pregnancy/ Pregnant

Prescription (drugs)

Protein (shakes)

Psychosomatic (illnesses)

Relaxation

RSI

Running machine/ Treadmill

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(MRI) scan

Shivering

Short sighted

Sit ups/ (Abdominal) crunches

Six pack/ Abs

Snore/ Snoring

Sore (feet/ throat/…)

Sports (injury)

Steroids

Stethoscope

Stiff (muscles/ shoulders)

Stimulants (caffeine, etc)

Stress(ed/ful)

Stretching/ Stretches

Sugar(y…)

Superbugs (MRMA etc)

Supplements

Surgery/ Operation

Tai chi

Tiredness/ Fatigue

Traditional (Chinese) medicine

Treating yourself

Vaccinate/ Vaccination(s)

Virus

Vitamin (tablets)

Weights/ Weight training

Whole grains (e.g. brown rice)/ Whole

foods

Working out

X-ray

(Hot) yoga

Sprain(ed)/ Strain(ed)

Ask about anything above that you don’t understand, making a question each time. You 
don’t need to answer the questions if you don’t want to at this stage.

Without looking above, try to write at least one other form of each word below. Other forms
not above may also be possible. 

Check your answers above. Many other answers are possible, so if you wrote something 
different please check with your teacher. 

Test each other orally on the word formation below, including in the opposite direction if 
you like.

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Health and fitness vocabulary word formation
Addict
Allergy
Aerobic
Blood
Constipated
Feverish
Clinical
Depress
Dizzy
Donor
Bulimic
Fibrous
Fit
Hungover
Insure
Scary
Immune
Infect
Inject
Injure
Itch
Masseur
Expensive
Meditate
Menopausal
Muscular
Nurse
Obese
Occupation
Pain
Positive
Pregnant
Prescribe
Relax
Abdomen
Snorer
Soreness
Stimulate
Sugar
Supplementary
Surgeon
Tired
Tradition
Vaccinate
Viral
Weigh

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