Almost half of female Brits get out of breath running for bus

Almost half of the women in Britain get out of breath running for a bus.

Almost half of female Brits get out of breath running for bus

Almost half of the women in Britain get out of breath running for a bus.

New statistics - released as part of the British Heart Foundation's (BHF) brand new fundraising challenge MyMarathon - have found 48 per cent of girls and 42 per cent of men have confessed to be being so unfit that they're left panting and sweating after sprinting for a bus.

Christopher Allen, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the BHF, 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."

The BHF poll revealed almost half (47 per cent) of adults said if they went running now, the furthest they could manage is just half a mile or less, while one in five (20 per cent) felt they could only make it to 100 metres.

And of those who could manage a mile, 29 per cent said the last time they did it was over 10 years ago.

This May, the BHF is 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 challenge in your own time, whether it's over four hours, four days or four weeks - you decide the place and you decide the pace.

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