From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishexerciseex‧er‧cise1 /ˈeksəsaɪz $ -ər-/ ●●● S2 W2 noun 1 for health [uncountable]DSOEXERCISE physical activities that you do in order to stay healthy and become stronger Try to fit some regular exercise into your daily routine. Working in an office, I don’t get much exercise.do/take exercise Most people need to do more exercise.gentle/light exercise Gentle exercise can be beneficial for older people.vigorous/strenuous exercise After the operation, you should avoid strenuous exercise.2 movement [countable]DSOEXERCISE a movement or set of movements that you do regularly to keep your body healthy stretching exercises You can do exercises to strengthen your stomach muscles.3 for a skill [countable usually plural]PRACTISE/PRACTICE an activity or process that helps you practise a particular skill relaxation exercises role-play exercises4 in a book [countable]SE a set of questions in a book that test a student’s knowledge or skill Do Exercises 3 and 4 on page 51 for homework.5 for a particular result [singular]RESULT an activity or situation that has a particular quality or result closing libraries as part of a cost-cutting exercise It’s a pointless exercise.exercise in Buying a house can be an exercise in frustration. 6 army/navy etc [countable, uncountable]PRACTISE/PRACTICE a set of activities for training soldiers etc a military exerciseon exercise Half the unit was away on exercise.7 → the exercise of somethingCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: physical activities that you do in order to stay healthy and become strongerverbsdo some exercise (also take some exercise British English)He ought to do more exercise.He was advised by the doctor to take more exercise.get some exerciseI don’t get enough exercise.adjectivesgood exerciseSwimming is very good exercise for your muscles.regular/daily exerciseTaking regular exercise is the best way to improve your overall health.physical exercisePhysical exercise keeps you fit and helps to reduce stress.hard/strenuous/vigorous exercise (=involving a lot of physical effort)Pregnant women should avoid strenuous exercise.gentle/light/moderate exercise (=not involving too much physical effort)Try to do some gentle exercise as part of your daily routine.aerobic exercise (=in which you breathe deeply and your heart beats faster)Aerobic exercise, such as jogging or cycling, is a great way to burn off fat.phrasesa type/form of exerciseThis type of exercise is excellent for losing weight.lack of exerciseChildren are becoming overweight through lack of exercise.exercise + NOUNan exercise programme/routine/regime British English, an exercise program American English (=a plan that includes different types of exercise)The athletes follow an intensive exercise programme.I’m finding it quite hard to stick to my exercise routine.an exercise classI usually go to my exercise class on Wednesdays. COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: a movement or set of movements that you do regularly to keep your body healthyverbsdo an exercise (also perform an exercise formal)Try to do these exercises at least three days a week.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + exercisea basic exercise (=simple)He showed me some basic exercises for strengthening leg muscles.keep-fit exercisesI couldn’t get to the gym, so I did a few keep-fit exercises in my bedroom.a warm-up exerciseDo some warm-up exercises before lifting heavy weights.a yoga exerciseYoga exercises keep you supple.a breathing exerciseWe do breathing exercises in my yoga class.
Examples from the Corpusexercise• For all the dieting and exercise that have been resorted to, often despairingly, they have in many cases gotten bigger.• Breathing exercises should be performed at the end of each training session.• Most people find it more fun doing exercises to music.• fingering exercises for the piano• They do not demand huge enclosures for exercise.• We were surprised to find that the plinths used for exercise and as tables during the day are their beds at night!• Try a few gentle exercises once or twice a day.• Let's walk. It'll be good exercise.• The master started me off slowly with some routine ground exercises.• a book of guitar exercises to improve finger flexibility• The readers at Grades 3-6 also include exercises at the end of each book to consolidate language work.• Thirty minutes of squash gives you as much exercise as an hour of any other game.• a naval exercise• The doctor recommended a diet and a programme of exercises to help her lose weight.• A new medical report has again highlighted the health benefits of regular exercise.• Do not start a programme of strenuous exercise if you have any heart problems.• a stretching exercise for my back• Repeat the exercise but kick with the front or rear leg as soon as the stance switches.• The exercises in Chapter 3 are helpful for students learning the future tense.• For the sake of this exercise, he would confine his research to sums which were lost due to insolvencies.get ... exercise• Maintaining a healthy weight, eating low-fat foods and getting regular exercise can reduce your risk.• A space in which you can do some simple exercises may also be useful if you have difficulty getting exercise out-of-doors.• Keeping weight down, getting exercise and eating the right foods are important to beauty as well as health.• As a result he gets more exercise and is generally fitter and healthier.• Stop for tea, read a magazine, or get some exercise.• Exercise Try to get some exercise during the flight to decrease stiffness and the possibilities of cramp and swollen ankles.• Sure, that would be the minimum benefit I would get from the exercises.• You get to exercise your intellect, your muscles, and your cardiovascular sys-tem all at the same time.do exercises• Then he did exercises he had learned in the Armystraddle jumps, deep knee bends, sit-ups and push-up.• For homework, do exercises 1 and 2.• And then in the morning I do exercises I can really put my, both feet in it.• I passed my time watching the inmates do exercises.• So you want to, to do exercises that give you fatigue in less than fifteen raps.• Each morning, after waking, he would do exercises for his stomach and back, family members said.exercise in• Fighting the rising waters was an exercise in futility.