Gyms often offer deals or give you a free trial if you’re thinking of joining. But once you’re signed up the full cost can leave you in more of a sweat than a good workout.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Many companies have tied up with gyms (Vitality and Virgin Active, for example) to offer long-term discounts for people who use their services.
It’s the perfect partnership for health insurance firms. These days they don’t just want to act as a financial service, they want to be seen as healthcare providers. It makes sense, the healthier you are the less likely it is you will claim.
It might seem cynical but this focus on added benefits offers significant benefits and savings for customers that would not have been available a few years ago. And if you’re interested in your health it means you’re able to stay fit by using a gym and you’re covered for any other health issues that might crop up.
We’ve rounded up some of the best deals and tips to getting cheaper gym memberships and staying healthy for less.
Half-price Virgin Active membership
Vitality Health aims to change the way people think about health insurance by encouraging people to exercise and rewarding healthy activity. It’s headline benefit is 50% off Virgin Active gyms. It also offers 50% off running shoes at Sweatshop and 50% cashback at Evans Cycles.
Vitality also offers discounts on trainers and at sports stores, money off Polar and Garmin devices, cashback at Evans Cycles and you can earn rewards such as Starbucks and iTunes vouchers and free cinema tickets.
Half-price PureGym membership
Axa is another company that offers health insurance that comes with a gym membership discount. Axa PPP Healthcare offers 50% offer an annual GymPlus membership. GymPlus has more than 160 gyms in the UK.
If you join our health insurance for gym members group you can get health cover from Axa that includes the PureGym discount and as a Bought By Many member you'll receive an exclusive £100 voucher to spend on nutritional products on Axa's Active+ online health shop.
Many Virgin Active gyms have pools but if the one near you doesn’t we’ve got a further tip to get some free time in the water. When you pair your Nectar card with Vitality you can earn extra points when you buy certain healthy foods in Sainsbury’s. Those points can then be put towards Nectar’s free swim voucher programme.
AXA runs a number of brands including Health-On-Line – a modern health insurer. We've negotiated up to 20% off their policies for our members.
Money off equipment
AXA also has a site called Active+ where you can get discounts on health equipment, food and gyms. And you don’t have to have a policy with it to use the site. At the moment sports equipment has a 10% discount so you can create a gym at home. If you spend £30 or more before the end of January you can claim a free one-month trial at a Pure Gym.
If you join our health insurance for gym goers group you'll be able to get buy health insurance from Axa that comes with an exclusive £100 voucher to spend on nutritional products from Active+.
Get a pet
But maybe pumping iron and hitting the treadmill in a gym isn’t for you. Being motivated to keep fit in the wider world can be difficult, so why not consider getting a dog?
Admittedly there are a few upfront and ongoing running costs, but a dog doesn’t just give you a reason to go for a walk or run in the fresh air it also offers companionship and can help you relax at home.
We’ve already written about how sharing your bed with a pet can help you sleep better.
However you decide to stay in shape it’s worth looking at how you can do it cheaper. Getting health insurance that includes a half-price or discounted gym membership can be an excellent way to ensure you’re doing everything you can to stay healthy and making sure you’re protected against any unexpected medical issues.