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ESL Fitness Lesson Plan

Do You Really Need 10,000 Steps Per Day?

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Video Length: 2:01

Updated on: 08/30/2023

Lesson Time: 1–2 hrs.

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ESL Fitness Lesson Plan Description


This ESL fitness lesson plan based on walking and daily step count contains PDF worksheets, activities, and digital materials for B1 intermediate students. By the end of the lesson, students will be able to use basic vocabulary, as well as gerunds, when visiting the doctor and asking for fitness and general health advice. They'll also be able to express themselves on a variety of fitness topics, mainly general fitness activities, inlcuding walking and step count.


This ESL fitness lesson plan starts off with students describing a variety of images showing fitness activities and discuss some questions about them. Students then move on to fitness conversation questions that mainly include topics of walking and daily step count. In the final activity for the preview part of the lesson, students explore some topics about healthy and unhealthy lifestyle activities.


Students engage in one more brief, preview discussion part about daily step count, and then proceed to watch a news report about daily step count, and whether or not we really need 10K steps per day, which has been quite exploided in media over recent years. The video includes interviews with a doctor and personal fitness trainer who express their opinions on the matter. There are some true and false statements based on the information in the video, as well as a table for students to write information and tips given by the doctor and trainer. They also complete some sentences using a few gerunds. 


To follow up the video, students do some more discussion questions about the video, and then assess some quotes from the video and do some exercises on gerunds. The exercises on gerunds allow students to use them as both sentence subjects and objects.


In the final activation stage of the lesson, students are provided some questions with missing information in which they can finish the questions using some gerunds. They can then discuss these questions about fitness and health with you or with a classmate. There is an alternative option in which students are able to partake in a role-play exercise, in which they visit the doctor, telling the doctor of some health and fitness problems and asking for advice. In the role play, students use some of the gerunds they covered in previous parts of the lesson.

Benefits of using this ESL fitness lesson plan on walking and daily step count:

This lesson provides you the opportunity to explore some basic fitness-related topics that prove to be relatable to most students. The activities and exercises in the lesson focusing on gerunds and visiting the doctor also provide practical scenarios for students to be able to express themselves and seek advice on some health and fitness issues.

In today's world, many of us spend a lot of time sitting, so ESL fitness lesson plans like this one can inspire learners to adopt healthier habits, such as increasing their daily step count and incorporating more physical activity into their routines.

Video Description

New research suggests you might need to take less than 10,000 steps per day to live a long life – Sarah Chew talks to a doctor and a personal trainer to find out their tips for a healthy life.

Lesson Activities


Fitness Activities, Daily Step Count


True/False, Information Table (from the doctor/trainer), Missing Words


Images, Fitness, Step Count


Gerunds as subjects/objects


Health & Fitness Discussion Questions (using gerunds), Role Play (at the doctor), Quiz & Review, Lesson Reflection

Lesson Topics

Fitness, Health, Walking, Daily Step Count

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