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Unused gym equipment lying around your home can be worth up to £200, experts claim

BRITS, who have left their gym machines to collect dust, could be sitting on hundreds of pounds, experts have claimed.

About one in 14 adults has fitness device Sitting around, never used, worth over £200 on average.

Many Brits have bought exercise equipment to use at home during the coronavirus pandemic

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Many Brits have bought exercise equipment to use at home during the coronavirus pandemicPhoto credit: Getty

Around 39 per cent of Brits invested in their homes during the pandemic fitness equipment.

Now there are around £1.5billion worth of unused kits lying around and 31 per cent of adults say they only use them intermittently.

More than a tenth of those who stopped using their fitness kit at all admitted it had gone untouched for over a year — leaving more dust in their wake than gains.

The findings come from 2,000 adults, 50 percent of whom said they now sell unused items and clothing on second-hand websites.

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Data from Gumtree backs this up, and experts there say there has been a spike in gym kit deals.

Some sellers are even offering items like dumbbells for £36 which are cheaper than the retail price.

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

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Now the British are finding other ways save money when it comes to fitness.

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More than 31 percent will use items they have around the house as makeshift gear, and 44 percent use free online fitness videos.

24 percent signed up for free trials with no intention of ultimately paying.

When it comes to buying fitness equipment, 64 percent have only ever bought it brand new.

Hannah Rouch, Chief Marketing Officer at Gumtree, said: “Fitness and sustainability aren’t always terms we think of together, but the data we’re seeing is a really positive indicator that a movement is growing.

“With currently over 100,000 ads in Gumtree’s sports and leisure category, it’s clear that people are becoming more mindful and thoughtful about how they both buy and outsource their unused items – which can help them, their local communities and the environment. ”

The data also showed that 12 percent of people plan to buy second-hand workout gear this year.

Figures from Gumtree also show that going second-hand for some home workout essentials could save someone the same amount of carbon as 890 hot showers.

Around 38 percent of people surveyed for the OnePoll survey said they would like to resell their kit.

36 percent are also considering buying environmentally friendly products.

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