Fitness & Wellness

Access to Harvard’s programs and facilities for overall wellness provide essential opportunities to exercise, manage stress and stay healthy. Facilities are convenient to campus and memberships are inexpensive. 

Fitness Reimbursement

Harvard’s two medical plans, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and HUGHP, both provide a fitness reimbursement for members of up $150 per year for gym memberships and related expenses. If you are a Harvard Pilgrim member, fitness studio and personal training may also be covered. Check with your health plan provider for details and reimbursement instructions.

Harvard Athletics Facilities

Harvard’s athletics facilities and resources are available to staff, faculty, students, alumni and eligible family members. Annual or semester memberships, personal trainers and fitness classes offer as many options as private gyms.

The facilities include gyms in several convenient locations with cardio and weight rooms and locker and towel services. Depending upon the facility, there are also basketball and squash courts, pools, personal training rooms, indoor and outdoor tennis courts and more. 

Inexpensive memberships are available online. For a small additional cost, members may take advantage of exercise classes, including cycling, Zumba, yoga, total body conditioning, rowing and more. Those with 15+ years of Harvard service receive additional membership discounts.

For more information, visit the Athletics Department website. Harvard Athletics also offers expert personal training at very reasonable rates.

BodyScapes Fitness

Harvard Medical School and the School of Dental Medicine staff and family members get discounted memberships and services at BodyScapes (617-738-9229). BodyScapes has programs designed to meet individual needs, including weight loss, stress management, cardiovascular endurance and overall health.

Staff members may use any BodyScapes facility, as well as Vanderbilt Hall. The location nearest the Longwood Campus is 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur. 

The Center for Wellness

Find mind and body health with Harvard's Center for Wellness programs. Programs cover fitness, stress management, nutrition, yoga and more. They also offer therapies such as massage, acupuncture, reiki and shiatsu at very competitive rates (with even higher discounts for HUGHP members).

The Center for Wellness sponsors free programs for the entire community, such as weekly group walks and runs and outdoor drop-in classes, as well as a resource library.