IELTS Speaking part 3 – Fitness & Health

TIP* – Make sure to reflect the grammar of the questions in your answers.


Have you ever played football with Rahul?

Yes, I have. On several occasions, I have played on the company team but I’m nowhere near as good as Rahul, simply because I haven’t played as much as him and I don’t go on runs or to the gym as he does. 


Let’s talk about fitness and health

What are the benefits of daily exercise? 

The advantages of regular daily physical fitness are numerous, including better cardiovascular health and a better state of mind. What I mean is that exercise leads to lower stress levels and better blood circulation. I think this is why Rahul is such a positive guy. 

***TIP = Make sure to connect your Part 3 answers with your Part 2 response to improve your fluency and coherence mark!

Are there any negatives?

Yes, certainly it can be argued that there are deficits to overexercising as that can lead to injury and chronic pain. In fact, I have another colleague who has regular back pains from going to the gym too often and lifting too much weight. 

Chronic (pain or illness) = regular pain or illness that keeps coming back and is difficult to treat or cure.  

Which sports are the best to do or play for long-term health, why?

I think that the best sports to do over many years are swimming and cycling as both of these are not only low impact but also a full-body workout. I have heard that people who do these sports tend to live for many years. 

*If the question is plural, MAKE SURE to answer in plural (sports!)

How have governments supported the health of the general public? 

“I’m sorry, I didn’t quite catch that. Would you mind repeating the question?” 

National authorities have aided the health and wellbeing of their citizens by establishing parks, recreation centers, stadiums and other sports facilities where people can play and do athletics. Also, governments give financial support to sports programs such as the men’s football team that Rahul plays on. Of course, gym class is a regular part of the education system and this too helps to introduce sports to children at an early age. 

Can you give suggestions for further improvement?

Let’s talk international sports

What are the biggest international sporting events in the world? Why are these so popular?

Is it acceptable that countries can buy athletes from other nationalities to represent them in international events?

Hmm, that’s an interesting question and one that I have thought about in the past. I do not think that it is fair to falsely represent a nation simply because of financial incentives. When an athlete is born and raised in one country and then plays for another country at the international level they do not truly depict the sports culture of the adopted country, in fact, some of these athletes do not even speak the language of that country well!

How do you think international sporting events will change in future years?  

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