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How can I improve my health for free?

Keen to make healthier choices without the big cost?

Young man wearing a blue singlet tying his shoes and preparing to go for a walk with his Labrador
Young man wearing a blue singlet tying his shoes and preparing to go for a walk with his Labrador

Whether it’s on billboards, TikTok or from your GP, we’re constantly told the importance of keeping healthy.

And, if you’re thinking that it’s probably a whole lot easier to keep healthy and well when you have loads of money, time and energy, we get it.

For those of us on tight budgets, it can be hard and getting advice from a George Clooney lookalike who drives a Ferrari while drinking his latte makes it even more frustrating.

So, if you’re keen to make healthier choices but you don’t have unlimited cash to splash, we’ve put together a range of free ways you can look after your physical and mental health.

Free mental health help

Mental health support should be accessible to everyone, regardless of your financial situation, and with an estimated 45% of Aussies experiencing a mental health condition in their lifetime, it’s never been more important to look after yourself. There are a number of free apps and online resources, including Smiling Mind.

The MindSpot Clinic even offers a free online and telephone service for those with symptoms of anxiety or depression.

If you are concerned about your mental health, it’s important to get personalised advice
from your GP, who may provide you with a Mental Health Treatment Plan for up to six Medicare rebatable psychologist sessions.

Related: 6 ways to get help for mental health - and you won’t have to pay a thing!

Free ways to work on your fitness

There’s no reason to let your fitness suffer just because you can’t afford exxy gym memberships. Got a smartphone or a laptop? There are plenty of online videos and programs available and you don’t need to pay a cent. At nib, we work with a range of fitness experts to develop workouts for every level, from this 10-minute do-anywhere workout to these 7 bodyweight workouts you can do at home. Alternatively, nib foundation partner Live Life Get Active runs a range of boxing, cross-training and yoga camps across Australia – and they’re all free! You can also visit their website for at-home exercise programs and nutrition and mindfulness advice.

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Free health tools

At nib, we want to be a health partner, so we work with the experts to give you the best guidance and tools to live health first. The last thing we want is for Aussies to neglect their health because of their financial circumstances. That’s why we launched GreenPass, a health membership that gives you access to a range of online health checks, a health tracking app and healthy living rewards and discounts – and the best bit? You can sign up for free.

What is GreenPass?

GreenPass is about giving you the tools you need to keep as healthy as possible – because we’ve all heard the saying: prevention is better than cure! GreenPass gives you access to a range of personalised health information, health checks, expert tips, health trackers, rewards and discounts.

Discover more about GreenPass

Ready to access a free membership? It takes just a few minutes to sign up and you’ll be able to start using rewards and discounts from some of your favourite brands immediately – including Garmin, New Balance, Sunglass Hut and Endota Spa.

Find out more at the dedicated GreenPass page.

Need more information about mental health services? If you or someone you know needs help, please call:

  • Lifeline 13 11 14

  • Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

  • Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800

Please note: The tips throughout this article serve as broad information and should not replace any advice you have been given by your medical practitioner.