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Healthy living in Australia on a budget

Being healthy can be cheap, easy and fun

A young couple prepare food in the kitchen
A young couple prepare food in the kitchen

With a climate that lets you exercise outdoors all year, plus an abundance of fresh fruit and veges, staying healthy can be cheap, easy and fun when you live in Australia.

Now you can eat well, get fit and maintain great physical and mental health for less, thanks to nib Rewards1.

Healthy eating

With a huge range of locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables, it’s easy to eat healthily in Australia; however, you may find that fresh produce is more expensive here than at home.

To help you save on your weekly grocery bill, you can get up to 3% off grocery eGift cards. For fresh, local produce delivered to your door, check out online grocer Pepper Leaf who are also offering $20 off your first shop and free fruit for 3 weeks valued at $30 when you purchase their fresh, healthy meal kits.

Need to stock up on vitamins or supplements? Through nib Rewards, you can access 9% off Priceline and Priceline Pharmacy eGift Cards.

Keeping fit

Australians like to socialise, exercise and dine outdoors at every opportunity. And with beautiful parks and beaches within reach, you can see why exercising outdoors is a huge part of Australian culture.

In recent years, circuit training has become increasingly popular. Why not be your own personal trainer with our free online training series? Try our ten-minute circuit or a fast and easy core workout. Team up with a buddy and motivate yourself with the prospect of a post-workout smoothie!

With nib Rewards, you’ll also get a range of discounts on health clubs, Pilates and activewear.

Socialising is just as important for your health as exercise and broccoli

Mental wellbeing

Great health includes great mental wellbeing. We all need tools and resources to manage stress and anxiety.

There are a number of ways to get free mental health support online, with one of the best free online resources being the Smiling Mind mindfulness app.

Another thing that you can do for both mental and physical health is yoga. With nib Rewards you can access hundreds of classes at online platform The Yoga Collective for a massive 75% off your monthly membership (plus one week free!). If you or someone you know needs help, you can call the free phone counselling service Lifeline (13 11 14) at any time.

nib foundation partner, batyr provides mental health support to over 2,200 university students through their batyr@uni program. batyr program participant and international student, Linh, shares her story.   

Credit: nib health


Socialising is just as important for your health as exercise and broccoli. Joining one of the hundreds of low-cost university clubs and societies is a great way to meet new people with common interests. There are also heaps of local sporting teams available to people of all skill levels.

For less sweaty forms of socialising, with nib Rewards you can get up to 46% off movie eVouchers, 7% off HOYTS eGift Cards, discounts at TicketMaster and Ticketek, plus 10% off at some of Australia’s biggest theme parks, Movie World, Sea World and Australia Zoo.

1T&Cs apply. Some offers may vary or be available for a limited time. nib Rewards are available to new health insurance members after 30 days of membership, provided premium payments are up to date.