Exercising at home is a 2bn accident waiting to happen: Insurers warn Britons to not get carried away in post-Olympics boom
00:30 GMT, 14 September 2012
Keep-fit fanatics who work out at home caused damage to the tune of 2.1billion to their property and themselves last year.
Last night, insurers warned Britons who are thinking of getting fit after being inspired by the Olympics not to get carried away.
A study found that of the 62 per cent of us who have exercised in our homes, 26 per cent had caused at least 200 in accidental damage.
A quarter of those who work out at home have caused damage to themselves or their home, a new survey has found
Almost a quarter caused damage to property and nearly a fifth hurt themselves, pulling a muscle or breaking a bone, according to the survey by insurer Esure.
Accidents included slipping on flooring, crashing into furniture and TVs and tripping over rugs, children and pets.
Working out at home can be bad for your health
Nikki Sellers, from Esure, warned people to take sensible precautions, adding: ‘After an unforgettable summer of sport, it’s great to see the nation becoming more active.’
For those who do get it right, it seems getting fitter may not be the only benefit from exercising.
Scientists claim that far from working up an appetite when you exercise, you feel no more hungry than if you had stayed on the sofa.
Researchers, from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, studied 35 women and found their brains were far less interested in food after a 45-minute workout and they ate the same as when they didn’t take any exercise.