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  • Be wary of advertisements or advice that tells you to exercise less, not more, says sports medicine expert Jon Patricios.
  • People who exercise regularly live longer lives than those who don’t. They also get sick less often and are less likely to be admitted to hospital.
  • There’s an easy equation you can use to figure out how far you should be pushing your body. And, it only takes half an hour of exercise on weekdays to lengthen your life. 

People who exercise live longer.

If you’d like to join this club, there’s an easy way to figure out how far you should be pushing your body. 

Mia Malan spoke to sports medicine expert Jon Patricios. He has a simple equation to help you figure out which type of exercise and – and how much of it – you need. 

Another useful rule of thumb? 

Be wary of exercise fads that tell you to exercise less, rather than more. You may have seen those ads that say you can get the same benefits from a 7-minute workout than from half an hour. That’s just not true. 

*This story was produced by the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism. Sign up for the newsletter.

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