ESL and "Before" "After" Expressions

Let’s Talk Exercise in English: Use “Before” and “After” Expressions

cat at aquarium and motivation
What motivates you to exercise?

 

我们来用英文讨论健身:使用“之前”,“之后”短句来描述前后变化

 

We are all self-conscious. We worry about our appearance, mannerism, accent, etc. But above all, I think our bodies top that list of self-doubt. We could be thinner, curvier, hunkier, etc. And I agree. I was never that lanky teenager with the long legs and sinewy arms. And I always admired those who were lucky enough to possess what I thought to be the “perfect figure” from afar. That is, until I stumbled upon yoga. It was the perfect exercise for me because I never liked exercise for the sake of exercising. Yoga was more about breathing and being aware of your body than anything else. And that meditative rhythm in doing poses and breathing in and out got me hooked.

我们每个人都会对自己某方面比较纠结,比如说外表,习惯行为,以及口音等等。但身材应该是最令我们纠结的吧。我们都希望能够更苗条,更凹凸有致,更健壮等等。我也这么觉得,也一直对那些拥有“完美”身材的人羡慕不已。直到偶然碰到瑜伽这个健身操之后,我也终于找了特别适合自己的健身方式。

 

What is your type of exercise? How do you keep yourself motivated? How have you changed?

你们会选择什么样的健身方式?怎么让自己保持动力?健身后有那些变化?

 

Say How Your were “Before” and How You are “After”, or Vice Versa

描述你“在那之前”是如何,“在那之后”又是怎样的,亦可以先后再前

 

You don’t always have to stick to saying how you were before and then describe what changed for you after. You can also tell how you’ve succeeded now and what you couldn’t do before. You can even summarise with a general phrase like “I was not like this before” or “It was completely different in the beginning” and then describe what changed for you over time.

不需要按照前后顺序,亦可以先说后面怎么样变化的,然后再追溯之前是怎么样的情况。你也可以用“我在之前完全不是现在这个样子的”,或是“在最开始是完全不一样的”等类似的笼统概括句子来开个头,然后再详细说明你是如何逐渐变化的。

 

Doing simple sit-ups was hard for me before but now I can do both sit-ups and push-ups like nobody’s business.

Nowadays I can climb two stairs at time, no sweat. Looking back though, I used to have to stop and rest every few stairs.

I was not like this before but I’ve grown to love exercising everyday and being more active.

 

 

“Before” Words

– Previously

– In the beginning

– When I first started out

 

“After” Words

– Subsequently

– After a while

– As things progressed

 

 

Conclusion

We feel insecure in a lot of ways, and not in the least in how we look. We’d all love to be better-looking and more confident. And we need to find what motivates us to embark on that journey of change. I recently watched Big Ward on Netflix and realized that having bariatric surgery is also a form of motivation for those who are extremely obese. In the beginning, surgery starts that process of change for the individuals filmed. But in the end, it still comes down to each person to carry on that change (in weight, in diet and in lifestyle). So, try using “before” and “after” words to help you explain what changed for you after exercise, after diet, or after any big action/decision undertaken. Also remember, you don’t always have to go in chronological order when explaining “before” and “after”.

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