Exercise may not be one of our favorite things to do, but if you’re going to get in shape, Austin is a great place to do so. Thanks to its many parks, rivers, lakes and cliffs, you can easily mix up your workout, incorporating paddling, rock climbing, mountain biking and more into your everyday routine. Plus, there are loads organized classes for you to try out, from yoga to spinning to Zumba. Just put on your workout gear and get started – there’s something you’ll love, guaranteed.
Rowing Dock: Thanks to hourly boat and stand-up paddle board rentals, rowing and kayaking lessons, summer camps and other exciting activities, this is a great place for anyone interested in getting out on Lady Bird Lake. But if you’re looking for a great deal, try a free rowing machine slide class offered every Wednesday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. You’ll get a full body workout (similar to spinning), all while using rowing machines sitting on the scenic dock right by the water. Wear comfortable clothes and closed-toed shoes and bring water or Gatorade. Classes are free and open to the public; just show up 15 minutes before class starts. 2418 Stratford Dr., (512) 459-0999, www.rowingdock.com
Texas Rowing Center: If you’re interested in getting out on the lake in a way that will make your arms and legs burn, the Texas Rowing Center is a great place to start. Offering lessons in kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding, you can definitely find something here you’re into. I recommend the Kayaking 4 Fitness, six week series held on Wednesday nights from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. that focuses on kayaking principles, cardio drills and core strengthening. A 15 row card that includes the introduction to rowing course and 12 additional rows is $229 plus tax. But a six month all sport package that includes intro to rowing and six months of unlimited use of canoe equipment for $279 and get a seventh month for free. Can’t afford that? Kayaks are available for rent for $10 an hour or $25 for unlimited day use; canoes are $20 an hour or $45 for unlimited day use; and stand-up paddle boards are $15 an hour or $35 for unlimited day use. 1541 West Cesar Chavez; (512) 467-7799; http://texasrowingcenter.com
RunTex: If you’re a runner, this is your Mecca. More than just a store, RunTex is a running community that offers equipment, support, race information and more to Austin’s thriving running community. It also offers various free running groups that will give you the motivation you need, whether you’re training for a 5K or a marathon. Groups meet at different times throughout the week and a typically divided by level. Check the Web site for details. Need even more structure? Train groups and basic classes are also offered for a fee. 422 W. Riverside Dr.; (512) 472-3254; 4615 N. Lamar; (512) 795-6802; 809 S. Main St. in Georgetown; (512) 868-2345; 2201 Lake Austin Blvd.; (512) 477-9464; 3616 Far West Blvd.; (512) 374-0629; www.runtex.com
Austin Adventure Boot Camp: This high-impact program uses outdoor fitness to inspire you to get the best body you can. Intended for all ages, sizes and fitness levels and accessible to all areas of Austin, Adventure Boot Camp is sure to get you in gear. Options range form private boot camps that to group camps that cost about $20 an hour. Still not sure you want to get involved? Why not try a free 45-minute class, offered every Saturday at 9 a.m. at northwest, southwest and central Austin locations. Various Austin locations; (877) 801-8171; www.atxbootcamp.com