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If we got tax relief on Gym memberships or even free...

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9y, 4m agoPosted 9 years, 4 months ago
would the country be better off...

I think that Gordon Brown should offer any person a tax benefit of say £30-£40 per month towards the cost of joining a gym ( as long as they use it a minimum of say 4 times a month)

I reckon that would save quite a bit on the health problems of the country and encourage people to exercise and I dont mean the local council gym which are usually over subscribed, and not quite as attractive as the private ones...well mine isnt anyway and the equipment is usually also over worked! and cramped

Dont know why is hasnt been done before

How many people would cycle to work if they got paid to do it...think of the congestion it would save and again the health benefits...although in leicester I reckon the NHS would be overworked during ruch hour with iratic drivers in the bus lane knocking you off!!

Hotukdeals could then start a gym, because the normal ones would be that busy...we could make a fortune and save lots of money for all the HotterUKdealers!!!

what say...
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9y, 4m agoPosted 9 years, 4 months ago
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#1
But shouldn't YOU be responisble for your own health and well-being?

If you want to be lazy & get over-weight thats your own look out. You also have the chance to change and lose the weight.(Obviously those with a medical condition expemt from that comment)

I do agree more needs to be done to encourage people to exercise. I hate gyms and exercise with a passion - but will do a bit when I feel up to it. I won't cycle to work because at 5 in the morning its too dangerous where I live and the bus is more that convienent for me seeing as I don't drive.

If people want to exercise - they should get off there own back-sides and do so.
#2
Yeah its a good idea, the cost puts a lot of people off/many people can't afford it, anything that encourages good health is a good thing!
#3
But you don't have to go to a gym to exercise.... take out a fitness dvd, go for a long walk, jog round the park, take a bike ride....

There is plenty you can do without going to the gym to do it.
#4
Gym is more convenient though, in the rain your not going to want to go out for walks, jogs etc, but you'd quite happily jump in the car and run on a treadmill for 25 miles!

Home exercise is fine, but its nothing compared to a GYM.

If its not free Gym memberships i'd really like to see heavily discounted prices, because they do charge a fortune!
#5
Would rather they spent the money on public health facilites - too many public swimming pools and recreation areas etc are closing, too many towns are poorly equipped for cycling etc. Public fields where people could have a kick-about for free are being turned into houses/supermarkets etc, school sports fields are shrinking. Rather than lining the pockets of Mr. Bannatyne et al spend the equivalent on stuff that everyone will be able to afford to use and benefit from.
#6
Dangerously fat people will not go to a gym in general.

Also, the poor do not tend to frequent them as a rule so any such tax break would be pretty low on the list when looking for a vote winner.
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Dangerously fat people will not go to a gym in general.


It's true, we won't. We're also more dangerous when we haven't eaten for a while.

I'm lucky enough to have my own personal trainer.
#8
In all honesty there is absolutely no insentive for those who are fat/obese or those in general that are unhealthy to get healthy. Why? because the cost of food, think about it, the cost of fruit and vegetables and all the organic or healthier options are a lot more expensive than your average junk food. Healthy options vs the 69p burger at mcdonalds it's an obvious choice for those not earning a high income. They have to pay tax and get pummeled by all the other rates.

Gym's are ridiculous I don't care if they have to make a profit charging, from what I've seen on some gyms £70 a month is ridiculous, even students will be looking at £30-£40 and working adults £50+. That is no insentive, Britain isn't what it used to be, people are facing money issues over and over, healthy eating and exercising isn't on everyones mind you know - and as the expression goes, money doesn't grow on tree's...
[mod]#9
It would just be another incentive for some to avoid work.

The more you give, the more they'll take. I believe that if you want something then you should have to work for it. Just because your poor doesn't give you a god given right to have everything handed on a plate.

If you are obese or have health problems then see your GP. It's free and he/she can help. Shouldn't need more handouts to motivate you to help yourself.
#10
Syzable
It would just be another incentive for some to avoid work.

The more you give, the more they'll take. I believe that if you want something then you should have to work for it. Just because your poor doesn't give you a god given right to have everything handed on a plate.

If you are obese or have health problems then see your GP. It's free and he/she can help. Shouldn't need more handouts to motivate you to help yourself.



Agreed. Well said Sy :thumbsup:
#11
SK07
In all honesty there is absolutely no insentive for those who are fat/obese or those in general that are unhealthy to get healthy. Why? because the cost of food, think about it, the cost of fruit and vegetables and all the organic or healthier options are a lot more expensive than your average junk food. Healthy options vs the 69p burger at mcdonalds it's an obvious choice for those not earning a high income....

So you can't buy a bag of potatoes for the price of a bag of chips?....a pork chop doesn't cost the same or less than a 1/4 pounder?
Maybe it's the same laziness in a lot of people that stops them excercising that stops them cooking a proper meal??!?!

[SIZE="1"](I'm well aware that most Organic/Fairtrade, etc products ARE more expensive but the above is based on average food bought by avarage folks)[/SIZE]
#12
tlck9
Dont know why is hasnt been done before


Because Governments aren't in the business of giving money back to the sweaty masses.

If anything, you'll find it goes the other way.............the Government will impose VAT on gym membership.

If memory serves me correctly, it was being touted a few years ago but was dropped.

But that's not to say it won't resurface..........the most recent figures I have seen show there are 1.42 million gym members paying an average of £39.05 per month each.

Do the maths.........1,420,000 x £39.05 x 12 = £665.412million

Multiply that by 17.5% and that's another £116.45million that the Government can find an excuse to waste on some minority group like ** or something equally ridiculous.

**removed by mod. a) rediculous comment. b) offensive and not family-orientated.
#13
Sorry if this is contraversial guys...but the problem starts as kids. They are simply not doing enough at primary through secondary school now. Games/PE etc is even discretional at higher levels. .That is just plain wrong.!!

There are a lot of other distractions TV/Video/Comupters(!!). How many times do you see kids out kicking a ball about of an evening??

I dont mind EXTRA tax if I thought it was ALL going into grass roots sports. Perhaps we wouldnt (as a nation) be so cr*p at everything if money was spent and kids encouraged. Anyone want a bet on the Britain Medal Tally at the 2012 olympics??

(Yes..I do need to lose a pound or two to get down to my ideal weight!!)
#14
Rockhound
I dont mind EXTRA tax


NO NO NO :cry:

That's exactly the sort of sentiment that your Government wants to hear.

We, as a nation, pay obscene amounts of tax, both directly and indirectly.

The Government should be made to spend the money they take in taxes (not "raise in taxes" as they say) more efficiently before they're allowed a penny more from anyone.
#15
Chuckles1066
NO NO NO :cry:

That's exactly the sort of sentiment that your Government wants to hear.

We, as a nation, pay obscene amounts of tax, both directly and indirectly.

The Government should be made to spend the money they take in taxes (not "raise in taxes" as they say) more efficiently before they're allowed a penny more from anyone.


Generally agreed Chuck..But I was pretty specific about what I said. By the time the Quango takes their cut of the cost of managing the extra cash there will be nothing left anyway. :-(

I dont think they (being any of the parties) could organise a pi*h-up in the perverbial. How can they

...Oh and they are not my Government!!

..And I am not interested in politics!!:thumbsup:
#16
Becksdawe
But shouldn't YOU be responisble for your own health and well-being?

If you want to be lazy & get over-weight thats your own look out.


Part of me would agree with this, but sometimes its down to cost, gym;s can provide alot that running round the local park cant do

Since the government are doing campaigns, to help overweight and fitness why not give something back, everyone likes a freebie and we donw get much back do we

do you drink, or smoke, or do anything bad for you??? if you do perhaps share this thought, if you were to get lung cancer, or perhaps your kidneys couldnt take the 4 pints a week and you needed hospital treatment

since its your "lookout" then perhaps with this view you should pay your own hospital bills....is this not the same
#17
:oops: not into politics

sounds like another jamie oliver vote winner...sorry

just a thought...if the government could save some money with less need for the NHS healthcare they could pass it on...not take more from us

but agreed thats probably what they'd do..so scrap the idea:giggle:

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