EXERCISE 3: Fill in the blanks with the correct tenses of the verbs given.
(Special Note: We are not 100% sure about the answers)
The hectic pace of life today causes most people to disregard the importance of exercising. One of the options for people to exercise is cycling. Bicycles (1) date back to as early as the 18th century, yet they do not seem to take centre stage in everyday lives. Interestingly, people (2) have learned to ride the bicycle when they (3) were young, but the moment they (4) obtained their driving license, they abandon these two-wheelers for cars. Perhaps, this is because people (5) are not aware of the health benefits of cycling. Health experts say that cycling (6) offers many health advantages. For instance, it may reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and fight obesity. One of the advantages of cycling (7) is that it helps one to have a healthy heart. Cycling also (8) reduces the incidences of cardiovascular diseases, such as stroke, high blood pressure, and heart attack. This is because regular cycling (9) improves blood circulation and (10) keeps blood pressure in check.
Furthermore, cycling is one way to fight obesity. It (11) helps people to control body weight by boosting their metabolic rate and building muscles. However, this only (12) works if cyclists (13) practice healthy eating habits since childhood. These health advantages, however, (14) did not seem to encourage people to cycle. Many people (15) have not taken up cycling as a routine activity. It is a shame though if an easy and low impact activity such as cycling is not promoted for the purpose of healthy living.