2014年5月17日托福独立写作题目：Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: It is better to relax by watching a movie or reading a book than doing physical exercise? Please use specific details and examples in your answer.
After spending an exhausting day working or studying, I really need time to relax. Many people advocate exercise as a healthy way to relax. However, this method doesn’t work well for me. After exercising, my body is so full of adrenaline and energy that it is impossible for me to fall asleep. On the other hand, if I read a book or watch a movie, I usually fall asleep on the couch and have a great rest.
I used to think that the best way for me to relax was to go to the gym and exercise until I was so exhausted that I would naturally fall asleep. Actually, this had the opposite affect and I was plagued with restless and sleepless nights. What I discovered was that exercise can promote the consumption and production of adrenaline in our bodies. Adrenaline in turn stimulates other chemical reactions in the body that inhibit sleep and relaxation. Many health professionals recommend limiting nighttime physical exercise to ensure a more restful and improved sleep cycle. For some people like me, exercise is a great way to reduce stress and relax the mind; however, the increased stimulation from the so-called “adrenaline rush” makes it impossible for me to sleep.
My preferred method of relaxation is sitting on the couch and reading a book or watching a movie. It also helps that I am a bookworm and a movie buff. I can find great peace when combining these hobbies and relaxation. After a long day at school or work, I look forward to putting my feet up and reading a great book. Sometimes I even take a book to the park and find a quiet bench to sit upon and read for a while. When I am reading, I am able to forget many of the worries and stresses of the day because I am so fully engaged in the story I’m reading. Sitting in a living room or on a park bench, I am able to find peace of mind and great happiness.
In the end, I think that people should do whatever suits them best to relax. Whether it is reading a book, watching a movie or doing some physical exercise, each method has its own merits. However, in my case, reading a good book puts me in a great mood and washes away the day’s stress.
People generally tend to show different preference when it comes to choices. Despite that many people prefer outdoor activities as an effective way for relaxation, I believe relaxing through watching a movie or reading a book would be a better option.
First of all, TV-viewing and book-reading offer ready convenience which can rarely be offered by physical exercises. City people nowadays are confronted with many deadlines and challenging tasks, therefore are often exhausted when they get home. The necessity of some leisure time is intensified by city-dwellers’ fast-paced life. Considering the fact that most physical exercises are better conducted outdoors and require exercises to suit up and get dressed, it seems apparent that watching TV is less troublesome. Whenever home-stayers feel tired and need a refresher, they can easily resort to TVs or books to get relaxed by simply picking up the remote control or opening a book.
What’s more, movies and books can be far more entertaining that physical exercises. Sports-lovers often claim that outdoor exercises gets them closer to the beautiful natural scenes, however, TVs and books have much to offer. Not only can you see beautiful scenery of an exotic mountain or lake in the movies, you will also find the stories and plots full of twists and turns quite intriguing. A breath-taking detective movie, a laughter-filled comedy novel or a romantic love story can be a key to an unknown world many with brand-new experiences either exciting or stress-relieving.
Admittedly, physical activities do alleviate people’s pressure and can help us relax to some extent. Their potential risks must also be taken into consideration also since occasional injuries and accidents can happen from time to time.
In light of the abovementioned reasons, I prefer reading a book or watching a movie as a more suitable approach to get relaxed.
2014年4月27日托福独立写作范文：Your job has more effect on your happiness than your social life does.