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Wanna witness the fitness this year? Here’s how to get yourself in shape and give back to your local community with Better Gyms

By Time Out in association with Better

Bored with hearing ‘new year, new you’? Yeah, us too. But that doesn’t mean we’re not still on the lookout for ways to improve ourselves. It’ll come as no surprise, then, that gym sign-ups jump in January. As our fitness resolutions start to unfold (and hopefully stick), we keep on donning our trainers and digging out our cycling shorts.

But here’s the rub. Whether it’s veganism, recycling or going plastic-free, it seems we’re all determined to do our ethical bit. And with 2019 in full swing, there’s no sign of that slowing down. Now you can attach your January fitness goals to your ethical commitments, thanks to the exercise aficionados at Better Gyms.

As a social enterprise, Better doesn’t pocket a penny. Yep, you heard us – all of Better’s profits are reinvested into improving facilities and the health of local communities. So when you join Better, you aren’t just looking after your body, you’re also looking after your community’s wellbeing, with every rep, pool length or class. (The name is starting to make
sense now, isn’t it.)

Want to know the facts? Better has 55 partnerships with local authorities, charities and sporting bodies, plus 140 libraries, 10 children’s centres and even five adventure playgrounds. It supported more than 3,000 aspiring athletes in 2018, and in the past three years Better has reinvested a huge £30 million back into the community. That’s not just
pocket change.

And as if that wasn’t enough to convince you to join, Better Gyms charges no joining fee all January. There are no contracts either and members enjoy special discounts on swimming and fitness classes. Besides, with a 285-strong national network of leisure centres, you’re
sure to find one close to home.

For more information or to join Better Gyms, head to


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