With obesity on the rise in America, pinching pennies is a great excuse for the whole family to get in shape. Try making fitness fun by learning a new sport together. Basic equipment is easy to find online or from used sporting goods stores, and schools and parks often have fields that are open to the public in the evenings and on weekends. Cheap soccer balls or footballs are easy to find -- especially if you buy secondhand or from a garage sale -- and can offer hours of fun.
If you'd prefer something more structured, many gyms offer family plans that charge cheaper rates or waive fees for members added on to an initial plan. Many gyms also offer amenities like swimming pools and expert-led classes that are included in a membership. Your local YMCA, JCC or other community center may also provide exercise opportunities along with classes and information on healthy living.
Want a really cheap way to stay fit at home? Design your own boot camp for the whole family to try. Lots of fitness sites feature a variety of exercise how-to articles and videos that you can string together into a challenging but fun routine. Look for body-weight exercises -- like pushups, squats and relay races -- that don't require any equipment [source: Livestrong].
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