Exercising should, in theory, be free. If you can move your body, you can exercise. Whether that’s running, dancing or squatting, getting fit needn’t cost an impeccably toned arm and a leg.
Last year’s UK State of the Fitness Industry Report found that the total market value is now estimated to be £4.4 billion and the number of gyms in the UK is increasing.
Gym memberships aren’t cheap, but many Brits are signing up and then wasting their money: the average gym-member spent £550 on membership in 2015 but only went 13.5 times in that time – a cost of £40 per visit.
That may seem pricey, but that’s the average – there are a select number of luxury gyms in the UK (predominantly in London) where the cost of monthly membership could pay for a month’s rent in the capital.
I’m not a natural gym bunny. I’m also a millennial working in the media who has to pay rent in London. And for these reasons, I’m not a gym member. If I was to join one though, I’d probably go to one of the cheap chains which cost about £20 a month.
Sometimes, all you want is a few gym machines. Boom, workout, job done. But if you’re wealthy enough – well, why wouldn’t you spend your money on ...