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Miami’s Third Street Beach Yoga offers pay-what-you-can classes twice a day, 365 days a year. Credit: Dalia Colon.

Miami the land of hot sun and hot bodies—and that’s no coincidence. Ocean views and year-round sunshine make outdoor sweat sessions a breeze, and with the city’s abundance of free and cheap exercise classes, you don’t have to choose between physical and fiscal fitness. If your new year’s resolution involves shedding some pounds, then a winter getaway to South Florida may be just the ticket.

Make a run for it. Jogging on sand is harder than it looks, so you’ll burn some serious calories when you go for a run on South Beach. Make your own route—it’s about 2 miles from First Street to 23rd Street on the sand—or link up with a group like South Beach Run Club, which gets together for weekly runs.

Nama-stay in shape. Sun salutations in the sun? Tree pose under an actual tree? Striking a yoga pose on the beach beats a sweaty yoga studio any day. You can find free or pay-what-you-can yoga classes in Miami every day of the week. Because

Give laziness the boot. Nothin’ like a military veteran to whip you into shape. Thanks to a grant from Cola-Cola Troops for Fitness, local vets teach free beach boot camps at six Miami-area parks.

Get in the zone. Skip the pricey gym membership and let Miami-Dade County parks give you a workout. Several of the parks feature Fitness Zones with a series of exercise equipment for a challenging al fresco training session.

Just dance. From salsa on South Beach to Zumba classes all over town, your workout will feel more like a party than a grind.

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