Many Working People Get Little or No Exercise

Many working people get little or no exercise either during the working day or in their free time, and have health problems as a result. Why do many working people not get enough exercise? What can be done about this problem?

This essay question is from Cambridge IELTS 13 General Training Test 2 Writing Task 2.

Sample Essay

Many modern employees are facing health issues due to a lack of adequate exercise during the working day or in their free time. I believe this is caused by excessive workloads which reduce their free time and ability to visit the gym. Practically, a solution might entail individual workers focusing on personal improvements so more career options are available in their future, providing flexibility for workout times.

As stated, modern workers are confronted with heavy workloads. To succeed in an increasingly competitive world, many companies require their employees to commit to long, intense shifts. For example, Meta engineers are known to work nights, weekends, and holidays to develop Facebook Reels, a short-form video feature, to compete with TikTok and YouTube Shorts. Situations as such obstruct a worker’s option to exercise; should they even find free time outside of work, they may feel too tired or physically unable to workout.

This heavy workload can be combated with the realistic approach of self-improvement. In the current economy laced with stiff competition, it is unrealistic for an employee to demand fewer expectations from their employers. Alternatively, they should consider their current career an opportunity to gain experience and develop cutting-edge skills of the industry which will act as leverage to find and work a job which provides more flexibility and freedom. Take, for another example, Garrett Reisman. After seven years of work for SpaceX, Reisman resigned to teach astronautical engineering at the University of Southern California which offers a sustainable work/life balance.

To conclude, an abundance of modern employees are overworked to the point that they have little to no time for exercising. To walk away from such a situation, employees should strive to become more valuable and, in turn, have the power to choose who they work for. (297 Words)

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