One Poll conducted an online survey of 2,000 people aged 18+ from across the UK between the 3-8 February. In the East Midlands region alone, over a third of people stated the last time they ran a mile was more than 10 years ago. A slightly larger number of adults admitted to being able to run half a mile but only 1 in 5 said they could manage 100 metres.
The BHF expressed concern about these statistics citing a lack of physical activity as one of several risk factors for heart disease. They hope their MyMarathon challenge will inspire people who have not exercised for some time to start running.
“Running a marathon is no easy feat but with the MyMarathon challenge you decide the place and the pace”, said Christopher Allen, senior cardiac nurse at BHF.
With a month to complete the distance, this achievable challenge is one of several ways people can get fit and ‘heart healthy’ whilst supporting the work of the BHF. For more information or sign up now visit the BHF website.
Photo courtesy of The British Heart Foundation.