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Research from the UK has found that the average British adult experiences breathlessness on average six times a week. The researchers also established that one in ten adults suffer breathing difficulties when they bend down to pick up an object.

Mike McKevitt, Director of Patient Services at the British Lung Foundation reiterated that breathlessness can be indicative of lung disease and shouldn’t be ignored.

The researchers looked at 2,000 adults and discovered that more than 25 per cent of the adults exercise less than once a week. One third of those surveyed also admitted that they would be unable to run for the distance of one mile.

After breathlessness, it takes 38 seconds on average for a person to regain their regular breathing pattern. Following the findings, the researchers suggested making small changes to lifestyles to improve fitness, such as taking the stairs instead of using the lift and walking instead of taking public transport when possible.