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Posted in: Research Last updated: 04 Mar 2010

Brits will spend an average of around £168,000 to help them stay healthy over their lifetime.

Brits will spend an average of around £168,000 to help them stay healthy over their lifetime.

The study of 3,000 people shows that folk fork out in the region of £2,525 on average every year on health care, exercise and fruit and veg, which equates to £152,747over the average adult lifetime of 60.5 years.

And despite spending thousands of pounds in a bid to keep fit and well, 85 per cent of people reckon they could do with being a bit healthier.

Respondents to the survey, conducted for health cash plan provider, Engage Mutual Assurance estimate they spend an average of more than £1,000 a year on vegetables and a similar amount on fruit, a combined £134,000 across the average British adult lifetime of 60.5 years.

One third spend on gym and sports club memberships, creating an average spend across all survey respondents of approximately £65 a year.  Home exercise equipment, such as rowing machines and exercise bikes, account for an annual average spend of just £22.

And health services such as dental care, eye care and complementary therapies also bump up the cost of staying healthy.

The average spend is £63.70 on dental care every year, £68 at the opticians, and £24.26 on complementary therapies from physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors.

Private healthcare, including health cash plans and private medical insurance, accounts for an annual average spend of around £252.

Medicines such as paracetamol and cold and flu treatments also add to the bill, with Brits annually spending about £34 on average.

Karl Elliott, Marketing Director at Engage Mutual said:

“We rarely add up the costs of keeping ourselves healthy, and £168,000 over the course of a lifetime is no insignificant amount.  But if we think being healthy is expensive, the alternative can prove even more costly.

“Budgeting to help meet regular and unexpected health costs is one way of making sure that even when money is tight, our general health isn’t sacrificed.”

The survey reveals seven in 10 people are worried about maintaining good health and 57 per cent are concerned about the costs.

But despite splashing out on their health, 53 per cent admit they can’t resist eating junk food on a regular basis.

Drinking too much alcohol is the second biggest vice for 46 per cent of folk, whilst 43 per cent acknowledge they don’t exercise enough.

Over-eating and smoking are also causes of concern for more than one in five people.

Karl Elliott continues:

“Raising awareness of how best to ensure a healthy life is a long term exercise.  But money spent on helping to stay healthy should be seen as an investment, rather than just a cost.”

Breakdown of Results

Average yearly spend

 Dental Care  £63.70
 Optician  £68.00 
 Therapies  £24.26
 Vitamins/supplements  £29.31
 Gym membership  £65.89
 Private health insurance  £252.00 
 Medicines  £34.16
 Vegetables  £1118.00
 Fruit  £1099.00 
 Exercise equipment  £22.43 
 TOTAL  £2776.75 

x average adult lifetime of 60.5 years of age (age 18 to 78.5)
= £167,993