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The true cost of keep-fit Britain

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Sports may be good for the health but it's costing Brits an average £200 worth of accidental damage, according to esure home insurance.

More than half of Brits choose to work out in the comfort of their home, making the living room a potential minefield for personal accidents and damage to the home.

Despite more women choosing to work out in the privacy of their homes, it seems men are twice as accident prone.

Nikki Sellers, head of home underwriting at esure, said: “After an unforgettable summer of sport, it’s seems Brits have been truly inspired to take more of an interest in exercise and keeping themselves fit and healthy.

“Although it’s great to see the nation becoming more active, it is also important that people who choose to exercise indoors ensure they clear adequate space in their homes to avoid incidents and take sensible precautions to check their new equipment and sports gear is covered in their contents insurance.”

Topping the list of accidents, 25% have slipped on flooring or tripped over rugs, while 22% have crashed into furniture. 20% have also tripped over children or pets while exercising in the home.

In the last six months, almost one in four exercisers has caused damage to their home while nearly a fifth pulling a muscle or breaking a bone.

One in ten Brits has accidentally crashed into their TV, smashed light fixtures or caused irreparable damage to flooring. 25 to 34 year olds are the most costly causing £181 worth of damage compared to just £94 for those over 50 years old.

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