Around-the-clock gym opening hours, high intensity workouts and budget membership deals have helped the fitness industry boom in recent years.
Australians are becoming more health conscious than ever before — latest IBIS World statistics forecast the industry’s revenue to grow at an annual rate of 4.8 per cent, raking in $2.5 billion in revenue in 2018-19.
But many peoples’wallets are left getting a workout instead of their bodies.
Experts say all that’s needed to keep fit is a good pair of running shoes.
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Personal trainer Peter Day, 28, and his girlfriend fitness competitor Lara Gya, 27, regularly train to keep in shape.
Mr Day said there were many ways to be active and healthy without blowing your budget.
“By keeping yourself healthy, you are happier, have more energy, less sick days and you are more productive,” he said.
“Catch up with friends for a workout — this is something that’s becoming much more popular.
“Instead of always grabbing a drink, set up a sweat session, do a workout or go for a walk.”
Mr Day said building strength did not always have to involve opening your wallet and taking hours out of your day. “There are numerous ways to build strength, cardiovascular endurance or metabolic conditioning which don’t involve a gym membership,” he said.
“A quick Google online should give you 50,000 plus options.”
Mr Day suggested scrolling through social media sites for health tips, workouts and a bit of #fitspo to get your body moving.
IBIS World statistics show there has been growth in smaller 24-hour gyms that provide more affordable membership deals because they employ fewer staff and save on wage costs.
However, if you just pay for casual visits costs could quickly add up.
Founder of online health and fitness program TIFFXO.com Tiffiny Hall said she had more than 12,000 new members sign up to her home workouts program each month.
She said having a gym membership could be expensive, especially if it was not used.
“Think about parking, memberships, travel time, it all adds up, so training at home can be fantastic,” Ms Hall said.
“There’s a huge misconception that we need all the bells and whistles but people are wasting their money on diet pills, shakes, meal replacements and snazzy gym equipment they see on TV ads.”
Cheap ways to keep fit
• Exercise outside, go for a run or walk.
• Use free exercise apps or online fitness videos.
• Shop around for the best gym deal.
• Consider team sports, boot camps or group personal training.