6 Idioms To Talk About Health And Fitness. 
Video Lesson With Notes and Examples.

We’re talking about Health and Medicine and Sickness. 

So in today’s lessons I’m going to teach you six common idioms to talk about Health and Fitness. So please stay to the end of the video for a QUIZ, to check your understanding. 

1. TO BE / TO FEEL UNDER THE WEATHER
Have you heard this one?
This means to feel unwell or sick. 

  • I’m feeling a bit under the weather. I think I should go home and rest.
  • I was feeling under the weather so I left work early yesterday.

2. TO FEEL / TO LOOK OFF COLOUR
This means to be unwell / not feeling healthy / feeling sick.

  • I’ve just been feeling a bit off colour lately. I think I should go to the doctor.
  • Are you okay? You look a bit off colour.
  • You’re looking really off colour. I think you should go home and rest.

3. TO HAVE A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH (or BE GIVEN A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH)
This is when the doctor’s give you clear results from medical tests. We say this when we discover we are completely healthy after visiting the doctor and getting tests done. 

  • He was given a clean bill of health after many tests from the doctors. 
  • She was absolutely relieved to get a clean bill of health from her doctor.

4. TO BE ON THE MEND
We say this when are recovering from a sickness or injury. To be feeling better. You can use this to talk about your physical health. We are on the mend when we are ‘in the process’ of recovering, of getting better.        

  • I was feeling really unwell last month, but I’m on the mend now.
  • Andrew: Are you okay mate? You were really unwell last week.
  • Tom: Yeah, I’m going okay now. I’m on the mend.

5. TO BE TOUCH AND GO
We use this idiom when we are talking about an uncertain situation. When the situation could be life or death, meaning someone might die after an accident or sickness. We also use this to talk about a very serious situation, something that could have a bad result or ending. So it’s not just for physical situations.

  • The footy player was injured really badly in the game. They took him to hospital. It was touch and go.
  • She was taken to the hospital. It was touch and go for a while but she’s okay. 

6. TO STAY / TO BE IN SHAPE
To stay / keep in shape means to maintain a good physical condition. To keep fit. We can say someone ‘is in shape’ (to be in shape) if he or she has a good, fit looking body.

  • How do you stay in shape? You look so great!
  • I go to the gym everyday to keep / stay in shape.

THE IDIOM QUIZ! 
(Answers at the bottom of the quiz)

How to play the quiz?
Try to choose an idiom from above to replace the bolded part of the sentences below.

      1. You look really unwell. You look pale. Are you okay?
      2. I’m feeling really unwell. I think I should go home.
      3. How do you keep so fit? You look great!
      4. The doctors gave him an all clear result.
      5. She was really unwell for a while, but now she’s getting better.
      6. It was an uncertain situation after the car accident.


Here are the answers:
1. You look / You’re looking really off colour. (or You look really under the weather)
2. I’m felling really under the weather (0r feeling off colour)
3. How do you stay in shape (or keep in shape)?
4. The doctors gave him a clean bill of health.
5. Now she’s on the mend.
6. It was touch and go after the car accident.

How did you go? Did you get them correct?

KEEP PRACTISING!

Make a sentence with these idioms. 

    • How do you keep / stay in shape?
      When was the last time you felt under the weather?
      Have you ever experienced a touch and go situation?
      When was the last time you felt off colour?
      Can you write about a time when you were on the mend after an injury or illness?

Leave a comment with your sentences and practise!

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