Keeping both your mind and your body active during the winter are key for staving off the winter blues—and shaking the gray days up a little bit. Plus, after a year of being virtually unable to meet new people outside of our existing circles, classes are a great way to expand your own community, through striking up a friendship (or more...) with people you might not normally meet.
If you’re vaccinated, consider checking out different exercise classes in your city as a way of changing up your daily run or stretch sesh. Aerial yoga, dance classes, bootcamps, and different types of yoga, like yin or kundalini, are all ways to challenge your body and get moving. Check out apps that offer a schedule of monthly classes for a set fee—here in Berlin, we have Classpass and Urban Sports Club, each with a ton of classes worth setting an alarm for (or not—for us late risers, there’s plenty in the evenings, too). Plus, a bike ride to and from class counts as bonus exercise.
Non-workout classes are just as fun—and can have huge benefits for you in other ways besides calories burned. We like checking out The Makery here in Berlin for local classes on everything from fragrance-blending to pottery. There’s something about getting our hands into clay, especially after a day of looking at our screens, that just feels so therapeutic.
If you’re looking for something next door or fancy an ebike ride on the way there, you can find courses in just about any neighborhood in town. Whether you’re in it for sit-ups or ceramics, they’re a great way to connect with new people and do something good for yourself in the meantime—both of which will make the winter ahead easier, healthier, and happier.