have collected data from Numbeo and put together an infographic detailing some of the most interesting results. The data concerns the monthly fee of a gym membership across each European capital city. 

Where in Europe are gym memberships most expensive?

Perhaps unsurprisingly, London is among the most expensive capital cities in Europe to be a member of a fitness club. If we took the 15 most expensive capital cities, which makes up for around 30% of all European capitals, there are visible geographic trends:

As the graphic illustrates, the most expensive places tend to be in Western Europe.

Where in Europe are gym memberships cheaper?

The more affordable capitals for gym membership fees tend to be in Central and Eastern Europe. 

Are gym memberships fees worth it?

This can only be measured by the individual and what they’re taking away from their experience. 

If a person visits the gym several times a week, makes effective use of the facilities and is happy with their progression - then subscribing to a gym will be worthwhile. 

But it may also depend on what’s included in your subscription. Some gyms offer ‘packages’ with additional benefits. If you’re thinking about joining a gym, it might be a good idea to compare several in your area. This can help you get more for your money. 

Some gyms may be more preferentially beneficial. This could depend on open hours, facilities and classes. Some fitness clubs have in-door swimming pools and saunas. 

Some people might prefer a more quiet gym where they can access machines at any time with relative ease - compared with a gym that feels overcrowded and busy. Busy gyms can be off-putting, or even intimidating, for some people. 

Do you need to join a gym to get fit?

Joining a gym is an excellent way to stay in shape and achieve desired physical changes. Signing a fixed contract might also come with a motivational element. It is up to the subscriber to make the most out of their membership. 

However, there are many alternatives to joining a gym. Many of which cost nothing. This can include working out at home, jogging or cycling. People can also subscribe to online fitness content. 

Joining a gym is simply a convenient way for some to help facilitate and keep on top of their personal fitness. 

How much exercise should we be doing?

It helps to be aware that exercise can be split into two main types: aerobic and strength exercises. 

Aerobic exercise, or cardio, is defined as that which increases the heart rate and breathing, thereby increasing the function of the cardiovascular system. Examples of aerobic exercise machines include treadmills, stair mills, rowing machines and spin bikes. 

Strength exercise involves working out the muscles in an effort to increase contraction and build up strength. This can include using weights and resistance bands, but also bodyweight exercises like push-ups and crunches. 

People should aim for around 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week, or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise. This should be paired with 2 or more days of strength exercise. For some, strength exercises can be done more conveniently at home compared with aerobic exercise. 

This level of exercise can reduce the risk of several conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. Research has shown that exercise can also be beneficial for mood and help to maintain good mental wellbeing. So however you do it - whether it’s through a gym, being part of a sports team or a dance class, cycling at weekends, or running to work and back a couple of days a week - regular physical activity is a staple of any healthy lifestyle.