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It’s swimsuit time, and the Highland Lakes area has plenty of fitness clubs to help you get started — and stay — on your fitness regime.

Patrick Bonner, manager of the Marble Falls Athletic Club, suggests starting with 30 minutes of aerobic exercise (swimming, cycling, running, dancing) mixed with 30 minutes of weight training (medicine balls, free weights, bands). Treat your workout like your job, and you’ll see results you can live with, he says.

“Just one hour a day, Monday through Friday, and, within 30 days, you’ll get to that feel-good point,” he says. “You’ll build a habit of consistency that will show you some great results over time.”

If you’re a first-timer, don’t worry. Most clubs will give you a full assessment before you get started to help you set up the best routine to suit your fitness needs.

“We give you a free training session to determine your limitations and set up something comfortable for you,” Bonner says.

One last important point, Bonner says, is diet.

“I don’t mean go on a diet,” he says. “I mean pay attention to what you eat: fruits, vegetables, lean meats. Make one decision at a time and stay consistent.”

The Marble Falls Athletic Club is only one of many fitness centers in the Highland Lakes. For a complete list, check out The Picayune Area-Wide Phone Book in print or online.

Marble Falls Athletic Club
2312 U.S. 281 North
Marble Falls
(830) 693-9393

Bayside Spa & Fitness Center
810 Horseshoe Bay Blvd.
Horseshoe Bay
(830) 598-9210

Galloway-Hammond Recreation Center
1601 S. Water St (U.S. 281)
(512) 756-6180

Kingsland Health and Fitness Center
2132 RR 1431 West
(325) 388-0733