BEST IELTS General Reading Test 20, P-1

BEST IELTS General Reading Test 20, P-1

GENERAL READING TEST 20 – Passage 1

BEST IELTS General Reading Test 20
BEST IELTS General Reading Test 20

GENERAL READING TEST 20

READING PASSAGE – 1

Read the text and answer Questions I – 7

Looking after Your Feet During Summer

With the arrival of warmer weather, many of us will be baring feet that have spent all winter hidden inside shoes and socks. If you haven’t kept up a foot-care regime over the winter months, get one started as soon as possible!

Dry or rough skin can be made smooth and supple by exfoliating with Scholl Rough Skin Remover, the moisturising with Scholl Deep Moisturising Cream or Scholl Re-Hydrating Moisture Mousse. Dull or discoloured nails can be given a fresh summer look with Scholl Healthy Nails, Nail Brightening System.
In hot weather, feet are likely to perspire more. Apart from potential odour problems, this leads to conditions that allow bacteria and fungi to thrive. Keep your feet cool and hygienic by:

• Wearing cotton socks whenever you have shoes on. Cotton absorbs perspiration, allowing your feet to breathe.
• Choosing shoes with leather lining. This will also help to absorb perspiration and help your feet from becoming too hot.
• Allow your feet maximum exposure to fresh air by not wearing shoes or socks at all when relaxing at home. Please note, if you have diabetes or circulatory problems, going bare-foot is not recommended because of the increased risk of cuts or abrasions going unnoticed.

Footwear
Many types of summer footwear- such as sandals or flip-flops are associated with particular foot problems. By offering limited support and inadequate padding, some types of summer footwear can cause pain in the soles and ankles. Open-backed footwear can leave your heels prone to cracking. Shoes with an open design on top can leave the delicate skin on your upper foot exposed to the sun. Footwear with straps or thongs between the toes can lead to friction and blisters.

On Holiday
Going on holiday rarely involves a break for our feet. Trips to hot, dry climates increase the likelihood of dry skin, cracked heels and increased perspiration. Often, our footwear changes from the well-worn and comfortable to newly-purchased sandals or flip-flops. This can cause friction that leads to blisters and other painful problems. When packing your bags, remember to pop a few foot care products in with your beachwear and sunhat.

Feet get sunburned too.
It’s easy to forget about the skin on the tops of your toes, upper feet and ankles. But its thin nature and the tact its usually protected by shoes and socks makes it especially susceptible to sunburn. Best, therefore, to use the same type of high-factor cream you’d use on your face. A few weeks before your holiday, start up an exfoliating and moisturising regime and start trimming your toenails on a regular basis. If your journey will involve a flight lasting four hours or more, don’t forget Scholl Flight Socks. Evidence suggests flights of this duration or longer may increase the risk of developing a DVT.

During Winter
The cold weather of winter can lead to a variety of health implications for your feet. The extremities of the body- such as toes are more susceptible to losing heat, particularly if you have circulatory problems.

Wearing thicker socks and shoes that provide an adequate layer of insulation from ground-chill are obvious precautions. Natural materials, especially cotton or wool, will help prevent the build-up of moisture in your shoes, so depriving bacteria and fungi of the conditions they need to spread.

Take care not to warm up chilly feet too quickly – by placing them in hot water, for instance. This can cause chilblains, a painful condition that arises when heat causes the blood to start flowing too quickly for the surrounding blood vessels to cope with. The resulting leakage into the surrounding tissue then causes itchy, red areas of swelling.

Because your feet are likely to spend large amounts of time hidden in shoes and socks during the winter, its important to maintain a foot-care regime. While washing, drying, exfoliating and moisturising, keep a careful watch for the early signs of problems, such as the build-up of hard skin that can lead to a callus or a discolouring of the nails which can be the first signs of a fungal infection.

Questions 1 – 7

Complete the sentences below.
Choose NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS from the text for each answer.

1 As soon as you can you should begin a ……………… of foot-care.
2 The Nail Brightening System is for nails which have lost their shine or become…………
3 In summer, you can keep your feet cooler by using…………….
4 Your heals are more likely to crack if you wear …………….. shoes.
5 You should start cutting your toenails regularly shortly before…………….
6 In winter, you can stop bacteria building up by wearing socks made of……………
7 There is a risk of …………….. developing if you warm up your feet too quickly.

Read the text and answer Questions 8-14

Gym safety

It is essential to follow certain safety tips while you are out at your fitness center. This will assure your safety during workouts while avoiding injuries and/or other complications. It is imperative that you adhere to your physician’s/fitness therapist’s guidelines before taking up any workouts. Check out vital gym safety tips.

Check your fitness before you start up any strength-training program. You might have to modify or avoid weightlifting if you have muscle or joint problems, seizure disorders, heart disease, high blood pressure, previous injuries or any other physical condition with potential for danger.

One of the cardinal principles of gym safety is to never work out when you are tired or ill. You can worsen your situation or injure yourself.

Warm up before any aerobic workout, as it involves repetitive exercise that increases your heart rate. Stretch your muscles before putting them through a strenuous workout. Follow your brief warm-up with some stretches. Do not injure your muscles without preparing them adequately.

Don’t rush into any sport or exercise without warming up first – muscles that haven’t been properly prepared tend to be injured more easily. Start out with some light cardiovascular activities, such as easy jogging, jumping jacks, or brisk walking, just to get your muscles going.

Do not lift weights jerkily. This can lead to muscle injuries. Do your exercises in a slow and controlled manner. Increase weights gradually. Use safety collars when working out on squats, bench presses, curls and dumbbells. This will ensure that weight plates don’t slip off and cause an injury. Use a weight belt, wraps, straps and gloves to support heavy lifts. This protects your lumbar region. Knee wraps prevent injury to your tendons and ligaments.

Using the proper lifting form is important not only to work your muscles correctly, but also to prevent injury. Always do your exercises through a full range of motion in a slow, controlled manner.

Don’t hold your breath while lifting weights, it can cause inter-abdominal pressure that can lead to hernia. Breathe out as you exert yourself and breathe in as you relax and let weight back down. Repeat exercise routines steadily to benefit from the workout. Lift weights with control and not explosively.
Don’t lean heavily on the stair-stepper rails. Leaning heavily on the stair-stepper rails will place unnecessary weight on your wrists and back. Unnecessary leaning can cause injuries to your wrists and back. Drink water while you workout. This prevents dehydration and aids better workout performance. Stop your gym activity if you experience dizziness, fainting or change in heart rhythm. Any significant increase or drop in blood pressure must not be ignored. A critical gym safety tip is to discontinue the fitness activity if you feel tightness in the chest or shoulders and surrounding areas.

Replace gym equipment in the right place after you are done with them. Leaving them around can injure other gym members. Always use the collars that prevent weights from falling off the barbells. Keep your hands away from chains, cams, pulleys, and weight plates of exercise machines when they are in use. Use gym equipment after wiping them. Wash your hands after your workout. This may reduce your chance of catching any virus.

Questions 8 – 14

Do the following statements agree with the information given in the text?

TRUE – if the statement agrees with the information
FALSE – if the statement contradicts the information
NOT GIVEN – if there is no information on this

8 You should not do any weightlifting if you have heart disease.
9 If you are tired it is better to skip your gym session.
10 Stretching your muscles can increase your heart rate.
11 Gentle walking is an adequate warm-up activity for some people.
12 You should wear a belt when lifting heavy weights.
13 When using the stepping machine use the hand rails to help you as much as you like.
14 It’s a good idea to clean your hands between exercises.

ANSWER KEY:-

1 regime
2 discoloured
3 leather lining
4 open-backed
5 your holiday
6 natural materials
7 chilblains
8 FALSE
9 TRUE
10 NOT GIVEN
11 FALSE
12 TRUE
13 FALSE
14 NOT GIVEN

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