After- Work Activities

8 Sep

 

Remember the days where you were seldom at home because you would rush directly from school to soccer/football/tennis/chess/music practice? This was an excellent way of meeting new friends, staying in shape, and keeping busy. After graduating college, however, extracurricular activities become somewhat of  a distant memory as our 9-5 jobs consume most of our time. It’s also difficult, as we move to new cities and do not have posters and flyers advertising for local clubs and sports teams that we had in college. 

Extracurricular activities are necessary at every point of our lives as they allow us to pursue our passions outside of work and meet new people. Here’s some ideas for fun activities to partake in after work:

Take Dancing lessons: Dancing is a great way to meet new people, stay fit, and impress that special someone. A lot of local clubs and restaurants have free Salsa nights, or sign up for a class at your community center.

Join a sports team or workout club: Craigslist always has postings looking for people to join softball, kickball, tennis, rugby or football teams. Ask around, or start a team with your coworkers or friends. 

Take an art, pottery, knitting or sewing class: Not every extracurricular activity needs to be physical. Enjoy a relaxing time and release that inner artist at your local community center, community college or private center. Craigslist is once again an excellent resource to find classes. 

Volunteer: Becoming involved in your community is a great way to make a difference and meet caring, wonderful individuals. Go to volunteermatch.org and find organizations that are looking for volunteers.

Join a Gym:  If you feel you cannot afford a gym, look for places such as the YMCA or Jewish Community Centers, which offer classes and equipment for a reasonable price. Ask your work if they offer discounts for employees and keep your eye out for great offers.

Join an organization: Sign up and receive emails with events in your area and news for the association of your choice. For example, if you are a woman interested in technology you could join Girls in Tech which holds monthly events and dinners. 

These are only a handful of the many after-work activities out there. What’s your favorite?

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