"Fitness doesn't need to be fancy," Bozy says. "Any activity that elevates your heart rate and gets your blood moving counts. Even simple things like playing with your kids, cleaning the house and mowing the lawn with a push mower count."
Blozy, who also has a master's degree in exercise science, thinks it's time to rethink fitness. She spoke to ACTIVE.com and gave us her top ideas for staying fit for free.
Join a Local Running Club1 of 6
Whether you live in a big city or in the suburbs, there's a good chance your community already has a local running club. These clubs are free to the public and typically meet once or twice a week in a set location. All you have to do is show up.
Blozy emphasizes that all ages and abilities are welcome at these clubs, including brand-new runners and seasoned veterans. For Blozy, running is one of her top ways to stay in shape, whether she's at home or traveling.
"I've always been attracted to the freedom of running," she says. "Just lace up your shoes and go. Running and walking are the perfect ways to tour a new city or get to know your own neighborhood more intimately."
Try Googling "run club" and the name of your town to see what's available in your area.
Turn a Playground Into a Gym2 of 6
If you're a parent, you already know how hard it is to make time for personal fitness, which is usually why it's best to multi-task. The good news: Playgrounds are a superb place to work out.
Next time you head to your nearby playground, wear your workout clothes, bring a water bottle and create your own circuit using the playground equipment.
"Climb up the pole on the jungle gym, do pull-ups from the monkey bars or better yet, swing from bar-to-bar like you did as a kid–it's not so easy now," Blozy says. "You can also give the swing a big push and then time your burpee, so the swing doesn't smack into you. Or try to keep up with your kids as they play."
Get creative, and most importantly have fun. Your kids will love seeing you take an active role in their playground time.
Turn Your Kid's Practice Into a Workout3 of 6
If your children are older, you're probably spending less time at playgrounds and more time at games, practices, scrimmages–you name it. Once school or club sports get going, every weekend feels jam-packed.
Start seeing these activities as a chance for you to work out too, instead of sitting on the bleachers or sidelines. Running laps around the field and breaking up the laps with a set of lunges, sit-ups and push-ups is a killer workout for just about anyone.
If you're feeling self-conscious, consider recruiting a few other parents ahead of time. You'll be surprised how eager other parents are to claim some exercise time too.
Go for a Hike or Trail Run4 of 6
"Being physically fit elevates your quality of life," Blozy says. "It shouldn't just be reserved for those able to spend money on it." That's why local parks, trails and other green spaces are the perfect space to get fit–they're completely free to the public, and the natural beauty rivals any gym.
Start researching local trails and parks in your area and set out for a weekend hike or trail run. Bring a friend if you're going to a remote location. Not only can being in nature make the experience more enjoyable, but if there's any elevation change due to the terrain, you'll log an intense workout.
Look for Free Resources Online5 of 6
Thanks to the internet, workout plans and routines have never been more accessible. Platforms like YouTube and Instagram host entire accounts dedicated to nothing more than fitness regimens and eating plans. It's easy to get new ideas and follow along. However, some of these routines can be tough if you're just starting out, so don't be afraid to start small.
"While 30 minutes a day is recommended, if all you can fit in is 10 minutes, that's way better than nothing," Blozy says. "If you don't start, you'll never make any progress."