Half of women and two fifths of men confess they get out of breath running for a bus

3 April 2016        

Woman takes part in MyMarathon

Almost half of women and two fifths of men have confessed to being so unfit they would get out of breath running for the bus, according to new statistics released as part of our brand new fundraising challenge MyMarathon.

Our poll revealed almost half of adults said if they went running now the furthest they could manage is just half a mile or less. One in five felt they could only make it to 100 metres. Of those who could manage to run a mile, almost three in ten said the last time they did was over 10 years ago. 

The statistics show almost two fifths of people say they don’t feel fit enough to join the gym or start exercising. For almost three in ten people just walking up a few flights of stairs would get them out of breath.

Take on our MyMarathon challenge 

This May, we're launching a brand new fundraising campaign MyMarathon, challenging the nation to put their best foot forward and run a marathon over a month to help raise money for life saving research. 

With MyMarathon you can complete the 26.2-mile challenge in your own time, whether it’s over 4 hours, 4 days or 4 weeks - you decide the place and you decide the pace. It’s a great way to get active and join the fight against heart disease. 

Christopher Allen, our Senior Cardiac Nurse, said: “These statistics are concerning, and paint a worrying picture about the nation’s fitness levels.  Heart disease can affect anyone at any age, but keeping physically active is one of the best ways to help build a strong and healthy heart so we shouldn’t ignore the benefits.

“Running a marathon is no easy feat, but with the MyMarathon challenge you decide the place and the pace, so it’s a great way for people of all fitness levels to get active and help support our vital research. Now everyone can say they’ve run a marathon this May!” 

Funding vital research

Heart and circulatory disease affects around 7 million people in the UK and is responsible for around 155,000 deaths each year – an average of one person every three minutes. 

Every pound raised from MyMarathon will help us fulfill our ambition to fund half a billion pounds of new research in the next five years, to revolutionise and accelerate the fight against heart disease. 

You don’t need calves of steel or lungs of iron to run a marathon. Now everyone can go the distance! 

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