What sports do you do?

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Jo: So I love running. I started running about five or six years ago, I think. As I work at home, I'm sitting down all day. I work online, so it's important for me to start the day with a bit of movement. Today it was very cold. It's minus three degrees here today. So you can see it's a little bit frosty but, still, I had a lovely run. I run with a friend and we did about five kilometres. 

Jo: So, to keep fit I do yoga. I go to a yoga class once a week and I also do yoga at home. And I really enjoy doing yoga because it’s good for your physical health – you use all the parts of your body when you do yoga – and it's good for your mental health too, and I find it a really good way to relax.

Kirk: What I like about hiking is just being out in beautiful places. It's something you can do with friends and family and it also doesn't feel like exercise to me, so I really enjoy it.

Neeraj: Hello everybody, I'm Neeraj and today I'm in a dojo, which is a Japanese word for a place where you train martial arts. And this is a, it's not a sport, it's something I've been doing quite a long time, about ten years. And I really like this place because, as you can see behind me, there's lots of beautiful, traditional Japanese art, and you can see behind my left shoulder, we’ve got a suit of armour for a samurai. Very cool stuff. And there's lots of practice weapons as well behind me. This martial art, it's from Japan and it's something that people who used to dress in black – they were called ninjas - also do. So, it's a very interesting martial art. And if you have the chance, I would definitely recommend you try it. Thank you. Bye!

In this video, our British Council colleagues tell us about the kind of sport and exercise they do, and why they enjoy it. Listen to them talking about running, yoga, hiking and ninjutsu. 

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Submitted by BurakAcar on Sat, 01/04/2023 - 05:43


Hello everyone,
My name is Burak and I'm from Turkey. My favorite sport category is absolutely football. I love playing and watching football matches. Almost fifteen years ago I was playing football for a local club in Turkey but I had to leave because I was going to school at the same time. So nowadays, I can just watch football matches. Apart from football, I swimmed for a underwater hockey team. I'd attended that club as a swimming student and I saw and learned what is the underwater hockey. And then I played almost two years.
Nowadays, I use some fitness apps on pc or mobile phone relevant to home workout.

Submitted by bahman_saffary… on Wed, 29/03/2023 - 10:55


Hi, I am a walker

Submitted by Nusly Martinez on Thu, 16/03/2023 - 14:38


https://www.speakpipe.com/voice-recorder/msg/rkw75gopm0pdlp81 Have a nice day everyone! I´m Nusly from Honduras, when I was younger and in my first job only men has sport teams and gym, but I worked in HR department I asked for a space to women to do exercise too. We got some trainers to basketball and volleyball, so we stared to train and participate in championships, oh how amazing times. After that, in another job we had ping pong club was amazing also, especially because another units in an international company started to play ping pong, our individual and couple scores were in the intranet and many people follows our championships. On the other hand, “Zumba” in the park of my neighborhood was amazing to exercise, as well, meet new people and see the grandparents with their grandchildren sharing is awesome. Besides, young people men and women playing soccer, talking aloud, laughing and sharing is cool. Well, I had to move and in my new neighborhood many people pass in front my house to jugging and guess? I´m integrated to do exercise with them. Bye for now.

Hi my is Tjiuti and I run a lot and cycle as well. So I woke up at 4am in the morning and go to bootcamp up to 6am. After work I run or cycle .

Submitted by Edgarmtz21 on Wed, 15/03/2023 - 00:40


Hi everyone
My name is Edgar from Mexico and i love play soccer.
Soccer is the only sport in the world that is able to paralyze entire cities and countries for one single game. Explaining why people feel so passionate about this sport is very hard even for a soccer fan like me.

Hi Maria,

Wow, 2,500km is impressive! Have you ever done a long-distance bike tour, where you ride for several days in a row? I've done that walking, but never biking, though I think I'd like to try it one day.

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Submitted by serzhankyzy.amina on Tue, 07/03/2023 - 18:12


Hi everyone! I'm Amina and i am from Kazakhstan.I go swimming.It is kind of sport which keep your body strong and fit.I rather swim in the evenings because after every tired day you will have a power again if you go swimming.Also while you swimming,your body is full moving.In fact,you should just relax of swimming,so you can stay fit

Hi everyone! I'm Amal and I'm from Syria . I like walk to very long distances . My house is far from my university , so I spend most of my time in walk this distance . It is make me feel good if I was nervous or stress . The walk is kind of sport . It is good for : 1. heart health 2. the blood in body 3. help to get sporty body and skinny . you should walk half hour daily .

Hi Amal,

I really like long-distance walks, too. There's a 43km walk I hope to do in May from my hometown to an important mountain. I also like doing long-distance walks for several days. Last summer my family and I walked about 120 km over five days in Norway. It was spectacular!

Have you ever done anything similar? Where else do you walk besides to university?

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Hello Amina, I love swimming too. I swim since forty years ago and so, I confirm, I keep fit. I can swim for endurance or to relax.
Sometimes, I can run but I prefer swimming. This sport isn't violent and include all the body.

Submitted by sarauni on Tue, 07/03/2023 - 14:36


Hello! my name is sara. I'm from Spain and I live in Catalonia in north of spain. I like to have a lot of physical activity in my life, I like to go to the gym to use the machines and do different exercises. Sometimes I go for a run on the beach.

Submitted by Streag on Tue, 07/03/2023 - 14:32


Hello, my name's Stefania, I live in Platja d'Aro in Catalonia in the north of Spain.
Now I play paddle tennis once a week for an hour, but I would like to practice it more. I would also like to go to dance classes, I love dancing!

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Submitted by Andres Felipe … on Sun, 05/03/2023 - 03:36


Hello everyone. My name is Andres!
There are different kinds of sports that I like, those are soccer, tennis, running and hiking. But there is one in specific that I love doing and watching on TV, that sport is cycling. I love it because not only I can exercise physically, but also I can go to other places and enjoy the beauty of the road and nature. I do cycling once a week, but I try to do it twice or three times a week. Thank you!

Submitted by Natashagm on Thu, 02/03/2023 - 16:01


I'm Natasha from Brazil. In my country soccer is the most popular sport.
But surfing is my favorite sport and it's also very popular in Brazil. Now, since 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, when surfing became an olympic sport, I believe that its gonna be more famous sround the woruld and new athletes will be recognized.
Besides, I also like to run and cycling.

Let's keep moving!

All the best!

Submitted by Malak.Saied on Thu, 02/03/2023 - 02:50


Hi. I am Malak From Libya. There are different types of sports in my country like football, tennis, karate, riding horses….etc. But it is a pity that my country is not popular at this moment, I hope it will be in the future inshalla. I do not any type of sports at along time, sometimes I do some walking and zumba.

Submitted by agusmunawar on Mon, 27/02/2023 - 19:47


Hello! Everyone. I'm Agus Munawar from Indonesia. I like hiking, so far 4 mountains that I hike. The highest is Rinjani Mountain. I was so happy to reach the top of those mountains. I hope you can have experience like me too, or maybe you have done more than me. Thanks for all. https://www.speakpipe.com/voice-recorder/msg/sjv22dzd37dllske

Submitted by dima90 on Fri, 24/02/2023 - 18:37


My namd is dima
And my favourite sport is

Submitted by Feroga1960 on Wed, 22/02/2023 - 17:59


Hello everybody.
My name is Felix and my favorite sport is running.
I like to run in the morning because it gives me a lot of energy for the rest of the day.
I have run 5 marathons. A fantastic experience.

Submitted by rustamomarzada on Mon, 20/02/2023 - 05:08


I like to play soccer with my friends and i think its lovely.

Submitted by sanaz jan on Wed, 15/02/2023 - 22:16


I used to do karate.I just work out these days and actually I go walking for a while.it makes me fresh and energetic all the day.
Unfortunatly I'm a real lazy girl.but I try to be active.In the last 6 months, I was able to lose 15 kilos.I was on a diet and walked a lot.😊

That's fantastic sanaz jan - well done you! 🙌 And you are so right that going for a walk makes you feel fresh and that it sort of wakes you up too!

I love walking ... did you have to walk a certain amount of kilometres a day when you lost all that weight? And what sort of diet did you do? I also love swimming, at the moment it's a little cold where I live but I hope to start up swimming in the sea again soon.

~ Tina ツ
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Submitted by karinacomk.lima on Mon, 13/02/2023 - 20:42


I do swimming and run.

Submitted by Lyubov Filimonova on Mon, 13/02/2023 - 12:34


Hi everybody,
My name is Lyuba. I like running, especially trailrunning. It is when you run not in the city or stadium, it is when you run using the trails in parks, mountains etc. I have participated in few trailrunning mountains competitions, I have run minimal distances (not more than 10 km), but next time I am going to run near 20 km. I have to train reguraly.

Hi Lyuba,

Running in the mountains sounds fun, although it must be quite up and down! I'd like to try it but I need to find a suitable place near me first. I guess you live in or near the mountains? Good luck with your training.


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Submitted by peron on Mon, 13/02/2023 - 11:43


Hi, My name is Per and I from Sweden. I use to run Marathon (totally 15 times), but today my knees are to bad for running. So nowadays I workout several times a week at the gym or do Nordic walking or cycling (when it´s not too cold).

Hi Per,

That's a lot of marathons, wow. Do you find that those other exercises are easier on your knees than running?


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Submitted by fede0108 on Sun, 12/02/2023 - 13:57


I love doing several physical activities. For example, I love in-line skating and cycling. But I also do some sports I don't actually enjoy but I think they are good for my health and body. Such as running or bodyweight exercises.

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Submitted by RdVAL on Sat, 11/02/2023 - 13:00


In brazil, the most popular sports is football. There's no doubt about this. In second place, volleyball is practised all around the country, because the brazilian man volleyball team have won three times the olimpic games and the women have won two times. A martial art very popular here is judo ! We gained 24 olimpic medals in this modality , as wich has inspired children and teenagers to trainning it.

Hello RdVAL,

I've heard a lot about Brazilian ju-jitsu. Is that the same thing as judo?

It looks like you enjoy paddle-surfing?

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Submitted by tiararahayu on Sat, 11/02/2023 - 03:03


Hello everyone,
my name is tiara i'm from Indonesia.
I usually do exercise in the morning before go to office, i want have an abs so i need to consistent with my exercise and i use application on smartphone, it's so helpful.

Submitted by gayuh.ashari on Sat, 11/02/2023 - 02:43


Hi Guys! I'm Gayuh from Indonesia. My routine sports are cycling, running, and playing football. From I was a child until I grown up adult, I often play football with my friends. We have to exercise 2 or 3 times within 1 week in order to maintain our body and stamina are fit and strong face daily activities along our age added.

Submitted by IvanBarminov on Fri, 10/02/2023 - 12:36


Hello! My name is Ivan and I like to do different sports. The favourite is a volleyball. I really enjoy the moment when the whole team become better during one set of the game. It is like an inspiration, like borning of the new will - desire to be the first. When it is happenning the team could win even stronger rival.

Submitted by Adelarch3 on Fri, 10/02/2023 - 01:15


Hello Everyone,
I'm Adel, from Saudi Araba, I wasn't practicing any sport or physical activity until one of my friends advised it to help me to control my stress and anger issues at work and it really helped. Now I'm really addicted to boxing and weightlifting.

Submitted by Naxca_R on Thu, 09/02/2023 - 20:50


Hi everyone!
I´m Naxca from Mexico, I love to exercise and swim to Monday to Friday, but sometimes it´s difficut to me still practicing because the college it´s very demanding.

Submitted by Juank4 on Thu, 09/02/2023 - 15:37


Good morning to everyone! My name is Juan Quispe, I have 32 years old and I practice sports sinche I was a child, specially Football (not soccer XD), because is the most popular sport in my country. Also, I run 3 times per week and I wanna practice a martial Arts(maybe Jiujitzu). I think that when a person practice a sport, develop and high lifes quality.
Regards from Perú.

Submitted by hecveliz on Wed, 08/02/2023 - 20:17


Hey everyone. I'm Hector, I'm from Venezuelan. I like a lot of sports, but I've been playing basketball since 30 years. I enjoy to watch sport in TV, I'm fan of Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and all players of NBA. I could play soccer for 20 years, but I had a leg injurie. I fan of Messi, too. I really like National Venezuela Team.

Submitted by joaofreitas72 on Tue, 07/02/2023 - 12:45


I´m a runner (I´ve been running marathons for 6 years). I do Pilates two times a week and I go to the gym other two days.

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Submitted by TymoVDP on Sun, 05/02/2023 - 16:00


Hi, I'm a professional Basketball player in Belgium. And I walk a lot.

Submitted by androhuman on Sun, 05/02/2023 - 11:29


Hi, I keep my body fit and mentally refreshed by regularly going jogging. I also take advantage of my nice bike by going cycling when I have free time. Roaming the city on my bike is a source of ultimate pleasure for me. However, the excessive heat during summer days makes it almost impossible to cycle, whereas it is a viable option during the winter.

Hi androhuman,

I really like riding my bike, too -- it makes me feel free to just go off and explore. Like you, though, I don't enjoy it as much when it's very cold or very hot, and sometimes it doesn't feel safe with all the car traffic. I understand that drivers get impatient, but being on a bicycle is a very vulnerable position to be in!

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Submitted by HEYHEYHEY on Sat, 04/02/2023 - 23:07


Hi everyone!
I'm Elisa. I live in Italy.
I like doing sport at home... in my living room.
I like 'low impact home cardio workout' videos on You Tube. They last about 27 minutes; after a cardio workout (for beginners), I start dancing Zumba watching You Tube videos for about 20 minutes. I like Zumba classes. These videos help me burn calories, but above all, they make me feel much better! And I have some fun, too!
Bye for now,

Hi Elisa,

That's great! I tried Zumba once - it's great fun, isn't it? I wasn't very good at it as it takes a lot of coordination. Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes, Jo 
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Submitted by SHAROKUDDIN MORANY on Sat, 04/02/2023 - 01:10


Hi everyone! I'm MORANY from Morocco, I also like sports, but specially football, martial arts, and riding horses.. I think that sports are important for everyone in every age..

Hi Morany,

I also think sports are important and I really enjoy taking some time out from my day to do some exercise, although it's hard when I am busy. Horse riding seems very difficult to do. Is it?


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