Describe An Activity That Made You Feel Tired

Describe an activity that made you feel tired.

You should say:

When and where it took place?
Why you took part in it?
What the activity was?
And explain why it made you feel tired?

Note: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

Model Answer:

Life is a constant cycle of action and rest. There are times when we engage in activities that, while enjoyable or necessary, can leave us feeling drained and in need of rest. One such instance for me was when I participated in a marathon.

When and where it took place? and Why you took part in it?
The marathon took place last year in my city. I decided to participate in it because I enjoy running and wanted to challenge myself. Plus, it was for a good cause, with proceeds going to local charities.

What the activity was?
A marathon is a long-distance race with an official distance of 42.195 kilometers, usually run as a road race. The event was well-organized, with water stations at regular intervals and medical aid available throughout the course.

Despite my regular training, the sheer length of the marathon made it a physically demanding activity. Running for such a long distance requires not just physical strength but also mental endurance. By the end of the marathon, I was exhausted but also filled with a sense of accomplishment.

Explain why it made you feel tired?
The reason this activity made me feel tired is because it required continuous physical effort over a long period. Running a marathon puts strain on the body and uses up energy reserves, leading to fatigue.

However, despite the exhaustion, completing the marathon was an exhilarating experience. It taught me about my own physical and mental endurance and left me with a sense of achievement.

It was a reminder that even though some activities can be tiring, the sense of accomplishment that comes from completing them makes the effort worthwhile.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “describe an activity that made you feel tired”.

1. Does studying and learning make people tired today?
Yes, studying and learning has become exhausting because most students don’t study out of interest but out of compulsion. Most people study to secure good marks rather than understanding concepts and gaining knowledge. In other words, most students consider studying a chore today and hence, it makes them tired.

2. When do people usually feel tired?
People usually feel tired when they work more than their body or mind is used to. Every person has a different limit in this regard. For example, people who have a sedentary lifestyle might feel tired even after walking 1 km, while for an athlete a 10 km run might be a warm up.

3. What do you think about striving for learning and striving for sports?
In my case, I never had to strive for learning. I was good at studies since my childhood and I picked up things pretty quick. However, I had to strive for sports. It wasn’t easy. I remember I used to practice playing for long hours after school and even then I failed. However, winning in sports was much enjoyable as things didn’t come easy.

4. Do people have fewer holidays now than in the past?
On the contrary, we have more holidays now that in the past. Its just that we have so many household chores pending that we don’t feel like they are holidays. The main reason for that is the change in family structure from joint to nuclear. Earlier in joint families, the chores used to get shared and as such there was division of labour. This meant that holidays were relaxing.

5. What are the differences between feeling tired after studying and after exercising?
I think one is mental tiredness and other is physical tiredness. Physical tiredness means our body might not have strength to do physical chores but our brain might be fully alert. By contrast, mental tiredness is all about our mind not being able to think properly due to being overworked or stress. It might result in bad decision making.

5. How can people solve the problem that old people easily get tired?
Firstly, old people should take on mental jobs rather than physically demanding jobs. Secondly, old people should try to remain physically fit and active by doing regular exercise and having a nutritious diet, so that they don’t get tired easily. Finally, old people can take supplements like Calcium and Vitamin pills to address the deficiencies that arise due to age.

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