One in ten of us has done no exercise in a decade and abandons trying altogether aged 56

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By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 11:38 EST, 17  February 2013 |  UPDATED: 19:16 EST, 17 February 2013

Past it: Twenty-one per cent say the last time they were  physically active was at school, college or university

If you feel you don’t get to the gym as much  as you should, you’re far from alone.

One in ten of us has not exercised in more  than ten years.

And the typical Briton abandons exercise  altogether by the age of 56.

Lifestyle changes, such as moving away from  home, getting married and working longer hours increasingly prevent us  exercising.

And we have become far less active as a  nation, according to a survey of 2,000 adults by the British Heart  Foundation.

Some 21 per cent of people say the last time  they were physically active was at school, college or university.

Two thirds of us have run no further than 100  yards in the past year – and 40 per cent have not run at all.

Working longer hours was cited as the biggest  factor affecting fitness levels – with 41 per cent saying it led to them doing  less exercise and eating less healthily – while 22 per cent blamed getting  married.

Ellen Mason, of the BHF, said: ‘Adults should  try to be active every day and build up to at least 150 minutes of moderate  intensity physical activity each week.’

A staggering 40 per cent of people have not  broken into a run of any sort and 14 per cent say they have jogged no further  than 10metres to catch a bus.

Even half of those aged under 24 have ran no  further than 100metres in the past 12 months.

The research, carried out to mark the opening  of registration for the London to Brighton Bike Ride, shows how we have  become far less active as a  nation.

Today’s parents say that as a child they  walked and cycled 16 miles in a typical week – but, worryingly, their  own children do just six  miles.

Get fit: The British Heart Foundation is calling for  entrants to its iconic 54-mile charity cycle ride in June

More than a quarter of men admitting  that  once in a long term relationship they gave up as their ‘looks no  longer seemed  important’.

The research found that getting married  typically causes people to put on 7lbs.

One in six admit gaining at least one stone  after finding the perfect partner.

Moving out of their parents’ home and a  sudden loss of income – leading to lapsed gym memberships – were also key lifestyle changes.

With 10 per cent of Brits not having  exercised in over ten years, the British Heart Foundation is calling for  entrants to its iconic 54-mile charity  cycle ride in June.

Nancy Prior, head of Events at the charity,  said: ‘We are leading increasingly busy lives and it can be difficult to  prioritise physical activity as family  and work commitments get in the way.

‘But over a third of Brits rate good health  as the number one attribute to have.

‘So we would encourage everyone to make time  for regular physical activity to help keep your heart healthy.

‘Our London to Brighton Bike Ride, one of the  most iconic charity cycling events in Europe, will be opening for registration on Saturday March 2.

‘The ride is for anyone of any fitness and  ability and to raise funds that will help the BHF continue its lifesaving  fight against heart disease.’

Registration for BHF’s London to Brighton  Bike Ride 2013 opens on Saturday March 2.

The ride is on Sunday June 16.

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