IELTS Speaking A Healthy Lifestyle You Know: Below are the sample answers on questions about healthy lifestyle or living. Achieve band 9.0 by expressing your ideas confidently and naturally. Apply techniques when answering – check this post and understand how the speaker answers the questions. 




Describe a healthy lifestyle that you know

You should say:

What it is

How you know it

When you do it

And explain why you think it is healthy




For the longest time, I was never health-conscious. I was never picky in terms of what I ate. To be honest, I could eat anything like a horse. I ate like there’s no tomorrow that I became overweight and, more often than not, my friends made fun of my appearance, but I never made a fuss about it.


Until one shocking incident that happened in our family – my aunt succumbed to death because of cardiac arrest. Just like me, she was overweight. I was really terrified of her passing since it was beyond our imagination.



Health-conscious [adj.] – being concerned about how healthy one’s diet and lifestyle

Picky [adj.] – choosy; fussy

Eat like a horse [idiom] – to eat like a horse

(Eat) Like there’s no tomorrow [expression] – as much or as fast as possible

More often than not [phrase] – usually

Make fun of [phrase] – tease, or laugh at

Make a fuss [phrase] – make angry and complain

Succumb (to) [verb] – to die

Passing [noun] – death

Beyond imagination [idiom] – far from the reality or possibility



i.) FIRST PARAGRAPH: The speaker started his answer by giving the examiner an idea of what kind of lifestyle he had, instead of immediately providing the healthy lifestyle that he knew. This kind of introduction helped him develop a well-detailed intro and at the same time showcased his ability in using the English language.

ii.) SECOND PARAGRAPH: The speaker then talked about an incident that changed his life. This is connected to his introductory part. First and Second Paragraphs serve as a background story on why he decided to live healthily. This is a substantial and well-organized introduction.


Because of my aunt’s death, I made up my mind to change my unhealthy lifestyle. I gave up eating greasy or fatty foods and decided to eat more vegetables and lean meat. Also, I’ve been drinking vegetable smoothie to detoxify my body from toxins. I have been disciplining myself so hard not to overeat and to just eat right. Apart from that, I went back doing my first love which is cycling, that I quit doing for so long.


To be honest, giving up my previous lifestyle was no joke, I really did struggle so hard at first, but I kept on telling myself that I wanted to live longer – I don’t want to end up having the same fate with my aunt. So these days, I have been educating myself on how to live healthily – I have bought some Health Magazines, and have devoured reading some articles about the benefits of eating the right way and the importance of exercising.


Make up one’s mind [phrase] – to make a decision

Greasy [adj.] – oily

Lean meat [noun] – meat with a very low fat content

Smoothie [noun] – a thick and smooth drink of fresh fruit or vegetable

Detoxify [verb] – to remove toxic substances

Toxins [noun] – small molecules, peptides, or proteins that can cause disease

Apart from that [phrase] – in addition to

No joke [phrase] – if you describe something as no joke, it means it is very difficult

Devour [verb] – read quickly and eagerly


i.) THIRD PARAGRAPH: On this part, the speaker talked about the effect of his aunt’s death on him which was changing his lifestyle. This is now the answer to the key points on the cue card. He described  what kind of lifestyle that he knew and how he applied it in his life. Take note of the vocabulary words that he used!

ii.) FOURTH PARAGRAPH: On this part, the speaker continued talking about the healthy lifestyle that he practiced. He added some important details to support the previous idea. These details are needed to make the story more substantial. Observe how the speaker used collocations or expressions – he did sound really natural!


Well, I know that it’s still a long way to go to achieve my normal weight and to be completely physically fit, however, I can feel that I’m getting healthier now than before. Nowadays, I could sustain walking for an hour unlike in the past that even for only 10 minutes, I was already catching my breath. I’m more than elated to see positive results of my sacrifice and I will surely continue living healthily.


(A) Long way to go [expression] – a lot of work to do

Physically fit [expression] – to be healthy

Sustain [verb] – endure

Elated [adj.] – to be very happy


i.) On this part, the speaker ended his story by talking about the results that he could see for starting to  live a healthy life. This is the answer to the last key point in the cue card.



Ideas About Healthy Lifestyle:

  • Eating right (diet) – Balanced Diet
  • Doing physical activity and exercise.
  • Avoiding tobacco use.
  • Avoiding excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Avoiding high-risk sexual behaviors. 



What should schools do to improve children’s health?


In my opinion, schools should expose or make their students engaged in physical activities such as playing sports, dancing, or exercising. As we know, these activities require students to move their body as a result they become more physically active, and for sure these make them healthy. In addition, educating the school children and their parents about the importance of eating nutritious food surely plays an important role in achieving good health.

As the school is the second place after homes where children can learn the importance of having good health, each school must have a curriculum that requires children to participate in physical education activities and learn the value of eating right.



Expose [verb] – to submit or make accessible

In addition [phrase] – additionally; besides

Nutritious [adj.] – nourishing; healthful

Curriculum [noun] – course of study; syllabus; program of study


i.) The speaker provided two answers on the question asked – engaging in physical activity and education. Each of them was thoroughly explained for better understanding. The second answer about education was not only focused on children but also the parents since basically it’s the parents who actually prepared food for their children. The speaker was able to discuss these arguments well.


ii.) The speaker ended his answer by reiterating the importance of those actions that the schools should do in improving the health of the children. The last paragraph concluded his answer.

What should employers do to improve the health of their employees?


There are several ways on how employers can help their workers keep fit. First, annual medical examination should be done to all employees in order for the company to monitor the health condition of the employees. By doing this, the company will be able to help workers swiftly if medical attention is needed. Second, if the company is big enough, it should provide a gym facility for free to all of its workers so that they could spare some time exercising. Also, as much as possible, employers must assure that work-life balance is practiced as their workers are not robots that can operate 24/7.

For me employers should invest more on the health of their employees as they are the lifeblood of the company.


Several [determiner; pronoun] – more than two but not many

Keep fit [expression] – to keep in good health

Annual [adj.] – yearly

Spare [verb] – give

Assure [verb] – to make something to happen

Lifeblood [noun] – the indispensable factor



i.) The speaker started answering by acknowledging that there are ‘several’ ways. Take note when using ‘several’, you have to provide at least three ways not two as the meaning of several is more than two but not many. A lot of students miss this point.

ii.) The speaker presented three ways and explained them one by one and ended his answer by giving his personal view on why employers should take good care of their employees. A very well-ended answer!


Do people in your country spend time exercising?


I am not sure if all my fellow men spare time exercising, that never comes to mind. However, I can only speak about the people in our community since I have witnessed how the people in our town becomes health conscious.

Well our mayor launched a wellness program a few years ago  that encourages citizens to live healthily through exercising and dancing. He built a gym which the residents can access for free anytime of the day. In addition, every Saturday dance classes for all age groups are held at the public park to make people engage in exercising through dancing.

I can say that this program is really beneficial as it does help improving people’s health. I actually have high hopes that other towns or cities will imitate our program so that they can enjoy the benefits exercising.


Fellow men [noun] – people generally

Come to mind [idiom] – to suddenly occur or materialize in one’s mind

Launch [verb] – start; begin

Wellness [noun] – the state of being in good health

High hopes [noun] – to have a strong feeling that something good will happen

Imitate [verb] – copy


i.) If you really don’t know the answer, be honest like what the speaker did! The speaker was being honest when he gave his answer as he didn’t really know if all the people in his country do exercise, in order for him to provide a well-discussed answer, he just talked about the people in his town instead, and talked about the healthy practices that  the people in his town did. This is for sure a good answer – since he was still able to express himself with spontaneity.


Aside from exercising, what are other practices that make people healthy?


Eating right and meditation are the other ways on how people become healthy. The benefits of eating nutritious foods cannot be taken for granted. The food that people eat has so much impact on their overall health, so as much as possible, they have to train themselves to eat nothing but just the right foods such as fresh vegetables and fruits, non-greasy foods, and lean meat.

Aside from that, meditation is a must-to-do practice. It is really powerful as it helps reduce stress, controls anxiety, promotes emotional health among others. Meditation sounds cliche but we all should not underestimate the advantages of meditating.

These are the other feasible ways that can surely improve people’s health especially those who are not into exercising.


Take for granted [phrase] – fail to appreciate

Non-greasy [adj.] – not oily

Aside from that [phrase] – apart from; besides

Cliche [noun] – an expression or idea that is overused

Underestimate [verb] – to be less important than actually is

Feasible [adj.] – possible to do

Be into (Are into) [phrase] – be interested


i.) The speaker immediately gave his answer and discussed them one by one. You don’t always need to paraphrase – giving a direct answer is also good as you sound so natural. Just make sure that you can provide a good explanation to your answer.

And that’s all about IELTS Speaking A Healthy Lifestyle You Know recent topic! Isn’t it easy? You surely can ace your exam! 


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