Exercise In my prime as a compulsive recreational runner, I pounded the pavement almost every day for years to clock up the kilometres. It culminated in a marathon that left me feeling exhilarated, but also a tad tired of running.

I loved the endorphins rush and the way it kept me fit and lean, but it did leave me awfully sweaty and chewed up a lot of time, which I no longer seem to have in surplus.

We all know we need to exercise to aid good health, but is it really necessary to push our bodies for prolonged periods, like mice on miniature wheels in laboratories, just to stay slim and healthy? According to the latest popular school of thought, there’s no need.

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