Is it correct to say that:

It is advised not to exercise after having a meal.

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Idiomatically, people are much more likely to use It is recommended [not] to [do something] if they're going to use the "dummy it" form at all (but it's usually We are advised not to, with an explicit subject).

The "preferred syntax" for It is advised / recommended / suggested / urged / counseled / advocated / etc. [some favoured "action"] is neither clearly defined nor consistently observed. Perhaps because of that, native speakers often rephrase a somewhat "klunky" utterance such as It is advised to wait to...

It is advised that you [should] wait. (introduce a "subjunctive" verb)
You are advised to wait. (introduce an infinitive verb, avoid "dummy it")
Waiting is advised. (recast "the action advised" to be the grammatical subject)
etc., etc.


Yes, that is a correct thing to say, and

(be) advised + [not] + to infinitive

is a pattern commonly found in published writing.

If you search online for "advised not to exercise", you will find many examples. Include the quotation marks in your search.

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