No sweat: When, how and how much should I exercise?

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The benefits of exercise have been duly noted and your resolutions have been made. Yes, you want to be fit and live a long and healthy life. But what do you actually have to do to get those results?

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No sweat: The smart guide to exercise

Forget the latest fad – here’s our evidence-based guide to workout success, and the truth about the advice you can ignore

According to standard advice issued by the World Health Organization, adults should be getting at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week to extend their lives, get fit, have stronger muscles and be a healthy weight. If that didn’t already sound a lot, the WHO says to double that if you want to reap further benefits.

The good news for the exercise-averse is that it’s possible to stick to these guidelines without entering a

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