LONDON: Signing up for a gym membership is something lots of people do in the January resolution burst – but it could end up making your life worse, not better.
Citizens Advice said it has dealt with nearly 3,500 problems around gyms, health clubs and fitness studios in the last year.
People can find they’re not getting what they expected, or find it hard to leave their contracts if they change their minds.
The charity urged people to think carefully before signing anything.
In the 12 months to the end of November 2017, the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline dealt with an average of around 197 cases per month.
Over the same period, 60,000 people looked up the ‘cancelling a gym membership’ advice pages of the charity’s website.
Kate Hobson, consumer expert at Citizens Advice, said: ‘At this time of year we’re bombarded with offers for health and fitness memberships, which can ask for a lot of money or commitment up front.
‘It’s really important to do your homework before you sign up to any gym, health club or fitness studio.
‘Make sure you know how long you’re committing for, how much it will cost you, and think about how often you’ll need to use it for it to make sense on your budget.’