Summer break has arrived, potentially leaving teens with a lot of time on their hands until school resumes in the fall.

It turns out they can replace the books with exercise bikes -- and at no cost.

Planet Fitness locations nationwide, including in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, are offering free summer memberships for students between 14 and 19 years old. The program, called High School Summer Pass '24, runs through August 31.

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"Since the High School Summer Pass program began, Planet Fitness has invested more than $200 million in waived membership dues to promote youth health and wellness and improve the physical and mental health of millions of teens," the fitness chain said.

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Interested teens can register on the Planet Fitness website or in person at the location of their choice, then will have to create accounts on the free Planet Fitness app before the workouts begin. Teens younger than 18 will need to sign up with parents or guardians. Parents can start their own fitness journeys with free day passes.

After a long year of waking up early for classes, it can be tempting to sleep in, watch Netflix and play video games. Here's a way to keep the body moving and feel good doing it.

Planet Fitness has more than 2,500 clubs and 19.6 million members in all 50 states. It boasts a variety of equipment in a friendly atmosphere, including treadmills, bikes and free weights. It also offers classes. Clubs around the SouthCoast include Fall River, Somerset, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Wareham, Taunton and Middleboro.

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