Emma Lunn

New Year, New You: cut the cost of getting fit

Ah, January. The month when the nation’s gyms are full of red-faced newbies looking confused on the cross-trainer or baffled by the battle ropes.

According to new research by American Express, the most popular New Year’s resolution for 2017 is to achieve a healthier lifestyle, with a third (33 per cent) of Britons planning to exercise more and a further 30 per cent hoping to eat healthier.

This commitment to physical wellbeing ranks ahead of saving money which 28 per cent of respondents cited as their New Year resolution. The two rarely go hand in hand – if you splash out on membership of a big fancy gym, losing lbs generally equates to spending the other type of pounds.

At this point I was planning to tell you how much David Lloyd club membership costs each month then compare it to the cost of something cheaper.

But the cost to join a David Lloyd club is a closely guarded secret. Using my best investigative journalist skills, I have scoured its website for membership prices but come up with nothing, zilch, nada. There’s some vague descriptions of what various membership options offer but no mention of how much cold hard cash you have to hand over. Instead you’re invited to a club for a sales pitch. Sorry, I mean a free tour.

Virgin Active is a bit more upfront about its prices: memberships start at £110 a month plus a £50 joining fee at central London clubs.

Whereas I’m sure these facilities are great, at well over a grand a year they’re pretty pricey so it’s not a commitment to be entered lightly.

If you sign up for a gym membership, it’s worth scouring the contract small print to check what would happen if want to cancel your membership.

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