Find out how to get half-price Virgin Active membership, half-price PureGym membership, gym discounts, free health advice, money off gym equipment and why getting a pet might be one of the best ways to keep healthy.
Many companies have tied up with gyms (Vitality and Virgin Active, for example) to offer long-term discounts for people who use their services. You can get 50% off a Virgin Active membership when you buy a health insurance policy with Vitality.
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 and 40% off with Vitality Life Insurance. It also offers up to 50% off running shoes at Runners Need.
They also offer discounts for fitness trackers from Polar, Garmin and Withings and have special Apple Watch Series 5 deals where members can get money off their monthly installments when they exercise.
Vitality rewards members when they excersies - they can earn rewards such as 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.
They also offer a number of discounts for health tech gadgets.
We've negotiated an exclusive offer - if you purchase your Axa PPP cover through Bought By Many - you'll receive an exclusive £100 voucher to spend on nutritional products on Axa's Active+ online health shop.
Other health insurance providers offer discounts towards gym memberships as well. Aviva offers up to 25% off gym or health club membership from a range of top UK health and fitness clubs.
You can get up to 50% off membership at Nuffield Health gym with Vitality health insurance.
AXA runs a number of brands including Health-On-Line – a modern health insurer.
Vitality offers up to 4 free virtual GP appointments through its Vitality GP add.
AXA PPP offes up to 5 free virtual GP appointments with their extended cover through the Doctor@hand service.
Money off equipment
AXA also has a site called Active+ where you can get discounts on health equipment, food and gyms. You can use this site without an Axa health insurance policy but you may not be able to get discounts.
Vitality offers a number of discounts on health tech, equipment and running shoes.
We've negotiated deals with AXA PPP health insurance and Bikmo cycle insurance.
If you purchase through Bought By Many you'll get 10% off Bikmo cycle insurance and a £50 voucher to spend towards new kit and nutrition.
If you get your AXA PPP health insurance through us you'll receive a £100 voucher to spend on 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.
We've also found great sports you can do with your dog.
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.