Brits has £1.5 billion worth of unused fitness equipment gathering dust at home – The Mirror

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Over one in ten leave unused gym apparatus lying untouched in the home – but half have swapped it for financial gain and sold it online

The average British home has around £200 worth of workout equipment lying unused (

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Britain has £1.5 billion worth of unused fitness equipment lying dormant at home.

A study of 2,000 adults found more than one in ten (14%) have gym apparatus sitting around never being used – worth an average of more than £200 each.

Despite 39% investing in at-home gym gear during the pandemic, nearly a third of those (31%) admitted it is only used some of the time.

And more than a tenth (13%) of those, who no longer use their fitness kit at all, confessed it’s gone untouched for over a year – leaving it to gather dust rather than gains.

But a savvy few have already swapped their fitness goals for financial gain, with half (50%) selling unused items and clothing second-hand at one point or another.

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Data from circular economy platform Gumtree, which commissioned the research, shows February and April both typically see a spike in listings for gym and fitness equipment.

Listings on the site show items such as dumbbells could be picked up for an average of £36 cheaper when purchased second-hand.

Similarly, trainers and skipping ropes could be picked up for £55.25 and £26.83 less, respectively.

Hannah Rouch, chief marketing officer at Gumtree, said: “Fitness and sustainability aren’t always terms that we think of together – however, the data we’re seeing is a really positive indicator that a movement is growing.

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“With over 100,000 adverts currently live in Gumtree’s sports and leisure category, it’s clear people are thinking more mindfully and carefully about how they both purchase and off-load their unused items – which can help them, their local communities, and the environment.”

The study also found almost half of adults (47%) have been feeling the financial pinch and are finding other ways to save the pennies on their workouts.

More than three in ten (31%) will use items they have around the house as makeshift equipment, and 44% utilise free online fitness videos.

While a quarter (24%) have signed …….


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