CHICAGO, IL- December 23, 2013 –Planning to lose weight is often a part of ringing in the New Year when the holiday season comes to an end. However, consumers who want to diet or shape up should be very cautious when signing up for exercise programs and gym memberships, advises the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB).
In the last 12 months, consumers have filed 7,823 complaints with the BBB about health clubs.Many of these showed that consumers had difficulty cancelling memberships or with billing disputes.
“Joining and obtaining the full benefit from a health club is commitment. You want to spend your time focused on your weight loss and exercise goals, not complaining,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Before signing up, it is important to make sure the gym is a good fit for you and your budget.”
Before you sign a contract at a health club, the BBB advises you to consider your needs and your budget:
Before beginning an exercise program or diet, the BBB advises consumers to consult a doctor for an assessment of over-all health risks. Get the doctor’s recommendations on weight-loss options and/or exercise regimens that fit your health status and ability to stick with it.
For more consumer tips, visit www.bbb.org
As a private, non-profit organization, the purpose of the Better Business Bureau is to promote an ethical marketplace. BBBs help resolve buyer/seller complaints by means of conciliation, mediation and arbitration. BBBs also review advertising claims, online business practices and charitable organizations. BBBs develop and issue reviews on businesses and nonprofit organizations and encourage people to check out a company or charity before making a purchase or donation.