What does the average Australian spend at the gym?


Can you put a price on your health and well-being? It turns out, yes – as Australians everywhere take to gyms to keep themselves looking trim and terrific. But how much money does each of us spend per month at the gym? We asked health club members across Australia what they’re paying and this is what we discovered.

  • Aussies spend an average of $65 per month on gym memberships, or $780 over a year
  • Gym-goers in New South Wales pay the most per month ($69), while those in Queensland and South Australia spend the least ($57)
  • Adults aged in their 30s spend the most on keeping fit ($70) while those aged 60 or over have the lowest gym costs ($62)

Is gym membership worth the money?

We know average costs, but the big question is whether or not gym membership is actually worth the money? Well, our latest customer ratings saw three major gym chains score 3 stars on value for money, while five others got 4 star reviews and just one was deemed to offer 5 star value.

Here are some further survey findings that will help you decide whether or not gym membership is worth paying for:

  • 52% don’t go the gym as much as they thought they would when they signed up
  • 57% have tried more than one gym chain in an effort to find a place they really like
  • 74% believe their gym membership has helped them achieve their healthier goals

Why don’t people use the gym more often?

The biggest barrier to getting into the gym each month? More than half of our survey respondents cited ‘a lack of free time’ in our research.

Health experts encourage all adults to get several hours of intense exercise every week. While some lack the free time to diligently follow this advice, McMaster University in Canada did some research into ‘High Intensity Interval Training’ and discovered this interesting fact. ‘… Just a few minutes of high-intensity exercise could be as effective as an hour of moderate activity.’

What does that mean for you? In short, that you’ve run out of excuses! Here are a few simple routines for you to follow (little to no equipment involved) that only take 10 minutes of your time. If you’re truly time poor, we’ve also got some suggestions on how you can shave a few minutes off your day for exercise.

Many gyms are open 24/7, so you should be able to fit a quick workout regardless of the hour. Remember, you only get out of exercise what you’re willing to put into it!


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