Task 2 Question: Despite a large number of gyms, a sedentary lifestyle is gaining popularity in the contemporary world. What problems are associated with this? What solutions can you suggest?
Band 8+ Sample Answer:
(Intro) It is true that although a growing number of fitness centres have opened, people’s inactivity has become a pressing issue in modern society. This lifestyle can have detrimental impacts on physical and mental health, but measures can be taken in schools and offices to address future problems.
(Body 1) One dangerous example of sedentary behaviour is excessive sitting. The most crucial issue is that people who spend most of their time sitting are more vulnerable to chronic illnesses., This is due to their blood pressure increasing, failing to filter and discharge fats, sugar or noxious substances, which can heighten the risks of diseases such as obesity and diabetes. In addition, prolonged periods of inactivity can also lead to poorer mental health. Studies have suggested that these individuals can suffer from elevated levels of stress, anxiety or depression. According to recent research, the likelihood of depression among office workers who sit for hours is 20% higher than labourers.
(Body 2) However, I believe that awareness raising and workplace opportunities can discourage a sedentary lifestyle. Firstly, the government can run campaigns to raise students’ awareness of the harmful effects of inactivity. These workshops should be carried out in schools and universities by being incorporated into health sessions in the curriculum. Secondly, businesses should encourage their employees to exercise regularly by incentivising them. For example, Honda Vietnam organises a daily Physical Education session in the morning, and the most physically active employee of the month will receive a monetary award. This is the perfect exemplification of helping people maintain a healthy lifestyle at the workplace.
(Conclusion) In conclusion, while not staying active can exert serious effects on people’s mentality and physicality these can be combated with youth education and company-led activities. This is a joint effort by both the government and businesses which can hopefully address this problem and avert a future public health crisis. (307 words).
Words: Student essay, corrected & upgraded by Nick Kemp, former IELTS examiner.
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