Olympic workouts cause £2.1bn home damage

In the last six months alone, almost one in four enthusiatic exercisers (24%) have caused damage to their home while nearly a fifth have pulled a muscle or broken a bone.

Topping the list of accidents, a quarter of those polled have slipped on flooring or tripped over rugs, while 22% have crashed into furniture.  A further fifth (20%) have tripped over children or pets whilst exercising in the home.

Proving that keeping fit can be costly, one in ten Britons (11%) have accidentally crashed into their TV, smashed light fixtures or caused irreparable damage to flooring. Those aged 25 to 34 years old are the most costly causing £181 worth of damage compared to just £94 for those over 50 years old.

According to the findings, 68% of women choose to workout at home compared to just 55% of men.

However, men are twice as accident prone with 38% having caused damage to their homes or suffered an injury in the last six months compared to just 19% of women.

London is the most hazardous region with almost three-quarters (73%) causing themselves an injury or damage to their homes whilst exercising.  Wales is the most accident prone region for indoor workouts causing on average £236 worth of damage in the last six months alone.

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."

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  1. Lee

    Great to see that everyone is hyped after the Olympics, slightly shocked at the damage figures, that is alot of money to lose…

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